International Jobs and Internships
Opportunities exist for Armstrong students to work, intern, and study abroad, either during their time as a student or upon graduation. The information below is intended to help you explore the world of international work and understand how working and/or living outside of the United States can enhance your career path.
Our world is becoming increasingly more interconnected, with the U.S. economy tied to the global marketplace. Thus, geographic awareness, global competency, and cultural sensitivity are more and more valued in today’s job market. Students who work or study abroad gain many valuable skills related to employment. Some of these skills that employers have identified as important include:
- Interacting with people who hold different interests, values, or perspectives
- Understanding cultural differences in the workplace
- Adopting to situations of change
- Gaining new knowledge from experiences
- Undertaking of tasks that are unfamiliar/risky
- Identifying new solutions to problems
- Applying information in new or broader contexts
Work Abroad Resources
GoingGlobal International EditionGoing Global career and employment resources include more than 10,000 pages of constantly-updated content on topics such as: job search sources, work permit/visa regulations, resume writing guidelines and examples, employment trends, salary ranges, networking groups, cultural/interviewing advice for countries throughout the world! Free to Armstrong students and alumni. Must access the site from an on campus computer the first time to register.
International InternshipsThere are various ways to seek out internships overseas. One is to start with U.S. based companies who have international operations and see if they offer internships in their overseas offices. There are also many organizations that find students internships abroad and arrange travel and living arrangements. These organizations do charge for their services. Career Services strongly urges students to carefully consider the cost being charged and to understand fully what it covers. Costs vary widely, based on the company you choose, the field of study, and the location.
Peace CorpsThe Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew an agency of the federal government devoted to world peace and friendship. Since that time, 200,000+ Peace Corps Volunteers have served in 139 host countries to work on issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation.
During 2012, Armstrong had five alumni volunteering abroad in five different countries on behalf of the Peace Corps. They are working on a variety of projects related to Community Development, Youth Development, Teaching English as a Foreign Language, and Non-Governmental Organization Development. For more information on the Peace Corps, including work assignments, benefits, locations, and the application process, please view the New Recruitment PowerPoint.