Key Documents

Things you’ll need to get started:

  • Passport
  • Resume/CV

As you prepare for departure, you’ll also need:


If you do not already have a passport, or if yours will be expiring soon, you should apply for one immediately. Passports are normally valid for ten years, and for travel in most countries it must be valid for a period of six months after your departure date. It is a worthwhile investment and it’s good to plan early! The U.S. State Department sometimes experiences a backlog of several months in processing passport applications. Please note that the U.S. Passport Card is only valid for travel by car to Canada or Mexico. Visit the International Programs in Engineering (IPE) website for details on getting or renewing your passport.

Resume / CV

A resume is sometimes known as a Curriculum Vitae (CV) in many other countries, whereas in the U.S. a CV is almost always reserved for academic resumes. A strongly written and organized resume or CV is an essential tool for any job search. The resume/CV outlines your educational and employment experience, skills, and can include relevant activities and interests. A well-crafted resume/CV makes a difference in your ability to successfully secure an interview and eventually obtain a position. Meet with an Advisor at the ECRC to craft your resume/CV. Depending on whether you are applying for an international internship with a company based in the U.S., a placement program with offices here and abroad, or directly to an international company your resume/CV may have to conform to different guidelines. The MyWorldAbroad website is an excellent resource on how to format your resume depending on the country where you are applying for an internship; however always pay attention to application procedures. A company headquartered in the U.S. most likely will want a resume that conforms to U.S. standards.