Placement Programs

There are many placement organizations offering valuable services to help you find technical internships abroad in industry or research. Here are some that engineers have found particularly useful.  Placement organizations provide a variety of services for a fee, and can include job placement, work permits/visa, housing, travel, etc.

 

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Cultural Vistas offers personalized, high-quality intercultural training programs for students and young professionals. Internships are available in Ireland, Argentina, Germany, Chile, and Spain for 3- to 12-months, depending on the program. In cooperation with partners, Cultural Vistas is able to tailor internships to applicants’ skill sets and career goals. In addition to individualized internship placements, participants also receive assistance with language training, resume writing, pre-departure cultural and logistical issues, as well as in-country and re-entry support.

Highlights are excellent placements and low program fees.

 

IAESTE (now administered through Cultural Vistas) provides technical internships to students of engineering and science disciplines in any one of over 80 member countries worldwide. The IAESTE Internship Placement Program matches university students majoring in technical fields with paid internships abroad. Positions are available in industry, research institutes and universities, consulting firms, labs, and other work environments. Most placements are for 8-12 weeks during the summer, but fall and longer-term placements are also available.

Highlights are flexible dates and locations, low program fees, no language requirement, and stipend provided.

 

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The German Academic Exchange Service’s (DAAD) Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) program offers unique opportunities for American, UK, and Canadian undergraduates (RISE) and graduate students (RISE professional) to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of 2 to 3 months during the summer in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences (geology), and engineering. RISE interns are matched with doctoral students whom they assist and who serve as their mentors. The working language will be English. All scholarship holders receive stipends from the DAAD to help cover living expenses, while partner universities & research institutes provide housing assistance.

Highlights are stipend provided, placements in English, and prestigious German government program. 

 

Nakatani RIES connects freshman and sophomore undergraduate engineering students at U.S. universities with research fellowships of up to 12 weeks at leading science & engineering labs in Japan.  While abroad, fellows participate in language, cultural, and communication training and conduct a hands-on research internship.  The program serves as a catalyst for students interested in future graduate study and research and contributes to the development of a generation of globally-engaged scientists & engineers who have the technical and culture skills to contribute to vibrant international research collaborations in the future.  The Nakatani RIES Program is organized by the Nakatani Foundation and is implemented by the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Rice University. 

Highlights are fully-funded, placements in English, and prestigious program.

 

AIESEC

AIESEC provides internships from 6 weeks to 18 months in over 90 member countries. While many types of internships are available, there are many technical opportunities for engineering students. Each year, AIESEC provides over 5,500 members the challenging opportunity to live and work in a foreign country in areas of management, technology, education, and development.

AIESEC also has a student chapter at UM! Check out AIESEC in Maize Pages!

Highlights are flexible dates and locations and low program fees. 

 

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The American Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) provides technical internships in the Scandinavian countries. The ASF Training Program gives American college students and recent graduates the chance to get an insight into the cultures and peoples of Scandinavia. Recent opportunities include chemical engineering in Sweden and placements at the Finnish Forest Research Institute at its research labs and field stations throughout Finland.

 

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International Cooperative Education (ICE) can set engineering students up with technical internships in several countries. ICE arranges internships with a wide range of employers, from global leaders to small family owned businesses. Students gain first-hand experience of what it is like to work overseas. Some placements require language skills, others are available in English.

 

After a speech by then presidential hopeful John F Kennedy presented on the steps of the Union on October 14, 1960, UM students responded to his call and advocated for the establishment of the Peace Corps.  Since, more than 2,100 UM students have volunteered in over 44 countries around the world.  Recent graduates (and people of any age) make a difference around the world during a 2 year volunteer placements in a host community, focusing in the areas of agriculture, economic development, education, environment, health, or youth in development.   Also explore PeaceCorps Master’s International and returned volunteer support services when considering next steps in your career