Work Abroad Checklist

Start planning early to ensure adequate time for applications and pre-departure preparation.

Finding Opportunities
Cast a wide net: internships, volunteer projects, research, etc.

  • Prepare resume and application materialsJournaling Above Plaza de Armas_Sachi Gianchandani_GIEU Peru 2013
  • Meet with a Career Counselor in the ECRC
  • Research countries and companies of interest
  • Watch for CoE work abroad events and announcements
  • Get a passport

Logistical Considerations
When planning your international internship, consider the following:

  • Timing: when is a good time for you to plan an internship abroad?  How long would you like to intern?
  • Location: choose a target country or region to help focus your search.
  • Finances: will the internship be paid or unpaid?  What expenses should you plan for a successful time abroad?  Consider applying for the CoE International Internship Scholarship to help offset costs.
  • Passport: when does your passport expire? Note that many countries require passports to be valid at least 6 months beyond the end of your time in the host country.
  • Work Permits & Visas: what paperwork or application process will you need to ensure legal status in the host country?  Ask your host organization about this in advance!
  • Travel: flight costs are usually lower with earlier planning. Book your flights as soon as you receive confirmation about your placement.  Check with your host organization about suggested routes, airlines, or flight arrival times in-country.
  • Housing: will housing be arranged by the host organization or will you be responsible for finding your own?  Can your hosts provide advice on neighborhoods close to public transportation or your placement site?

Pre-Departure Planning

While you are Abroad

  • Stay Connected to CoE and Share Your Story on Social Media! #UmichEnginAbroad
  • Network and gather local contacts
  • Complete any required evaluations
  • Get out into the local community and see the sites!

Returning to Ann Arbor

  • Join the IPE Alumni Network to stay connected to other UM students who value international experiences and develop leadership qualities upon return.
  • Make an appointment with the ECRC for assistance with adding your international experience to your resume.
  • Share your experience with other UM engineers and potential employers!