Working Abroad

Learn the ins and outs of finding career-building experiences out of the country.

Working Abroad

A Unique Process

Getting a job or internship abroad can be an exciting prospect, but the process isn’t’t quite the same as finding a job or internship in the US. This article will provide useful information and tips for students and alumni wishing to work abroad.

Keep Reading to Learn:

  • Tips for success in a global job search
  • What working abroad can look like
    • Including:
      • Teaching English abroad
      • Where to find opportunities to work aboard
      • Challenges to consider during the obtaining process

“Working Abroad” can mean a variety of things:  

  • A US based job with frequent international travel 
  • Working for a multi-national company and transferring to a position at an office outside the US 
  • Teaching English in a foreign country 
  • A job with flexible work arrangements that allows you to work anywhere you please 
  • Service-oriented work, like the Peace Corps 
  • Government jobs in international relations or diplomacy 
  • International Scholarships like Fulbright 
  • Obtaining a working visa and securing a position with a foreign company 
  • And many options in-between! 

Creating a plan to work abroad can take some time, and it certainly takes effort – it’s not going to be easy. There are a variety of ways you can make it happen, and many resources you can use along your journey. We also have in depth resources on Teaching Abroad, and International Scholarships like Fulbright. Keep scrolling to find those links. 


With country and city guides for locations all over the world, immigration information, and a job/internship board, our subscription to GoinGlobal is an asset to anyone exploring working abroad. 

Working Holiday Visas 

Immigrating to a new country is a very involved process, and a huge investment. If you want to work abroad for a short period of time, either to explore what it’s like, or just to experience something new, some countries have Working Holiday Visas that allow non-citizens to work for a limited period of time in certain industries (mostly hospitality). Australia and New Zealand are two popular locations, but there are others outlined in this article. Note: these visas may have age limitations. 


Similar to Working Holiday Visas, BUNAC connects opportunity seekers to a variety of short term work and travel experiences around the world. 

Startup Visa in the Netherlands 

Have an innovative business plan and ready to strike out as an entrepreneur? The Netherlands has a unique visa program for individuals wanting to start their own businesses. 

Additional Options

Federal Jobs

If you are a U.S. Citizen, there are many opportunities to work globally through governmental agencies. The most popular being the State Department. 

Peace Corps

If you’re interested in a shorter term experience that advances the common good and is supported by the Federal Government, consider the Peace Corps! With volunteer and response positions across the world, Peace Corps participants cite a lasting impact of their service on their career. 

Working for Mutinational Organizations

Many corporations, non-profits and educational institutions operate in the US and other countries. Beginning a career in the US with one of these organizations can ultimately lead to a transfer abroad, or at least frequent travel. While never a guarantee, this option is especially great for establishing a career and having a support network from your employer while working abroad.


Working abroad isn’t without it’s challenges, of course. Immigrating and obtaining visas is often a complicated process and is not guaranteed, even if you’ve already got a job.  

  • Culture differential 
  • Getting a post abroad isn’t a “given”