The following questions can help you plan and find a work abroad experience that fits your needs:
- What type of work do you hope to do?
- What is your field of interest?
- What skills and experience do you already have in the field?
- Are you seeking work directly related to your engineering degree, such as technical work?
- Or are you looking to develop experience in broader fields, such as consulting?
- Do you already have particular language skills or hope to learn a new language?
- What kind of international experience do you already have?
- What cross-cultural skills do you have or wish to develop?
- Have you worked with student organizations such as the Society of Global Engineers, IAESTE, or BLUElab?
- How can these experiences help you in your job search?
Target Country or Region:
- Are you interested in a particular country or culture or are you open to many options?
- Will you target countries/regions well-known for your particular field or industry or interest?
- How much time do you wish to spend abroad?
- How will the work/holiday calendar of your host country affect your schedule?
- Are you allowing enough planning time (work permits, travel arrangements, etc.)?
International Minor for Engineers:
- Are you considering the The International Minor for Engineers? Are you looking for work abroad that will satisfy the overseas experience requirement? If so, keep the following criteria in mind:
- Minimum of 6 weeks in duration.
- Internship involves work, research, or organized volunteer experience outside the U.S.
- Program must provide opportunities to develop at least two of the International Minor’s core skills: foreign language proficiency, knowledge of non-U.S. cultures/societies, intercultural communication skills, or awareness of global trends in engineering/business.
- International students may not satisfy this requirement through programs in their home countries.
- Must be pre-approved by the IPE office in consultation with the Faculty Advisor. Contact the IPE Office or visit the International Minor website for more information.