Getting Started

International internships provide amazing value to gain professional experience, international and cultural competency, greater perspective, and opportunities to build a diverse network of contacts. The experience will allow you to be more adaptable in global trends of engineering and the job market.

Preparation

Finding international employment is like any job search, the more preparation – the better the results. You have many options to take advantage of as a Watson School student, so make sure to explore the various options and find which experience is right for you.

Provided below are some things to think about to make the outcomes of your experience LAST:

L- Language/Country/Religion: Do you have any language skills you hope to use or learn? A target country or religion you hope to experience or learn more about? Do you have any past international experience that can help you with the decision of where you want to go now?

A- Area of Expertise: What type of work do you hope to do? What is your area of interest?

S- Skills: What engineering skills or work/research do you have? Do you wish to have direct engineering experience or other types of experience? Would you work be more volunteer-based/service-based or do you want a business internship?

T- Timing: How much time do you want to spend abroad? Do you have enough time planned for the arrangements including visas, preparation, and travel?

Here are some other things you'll need to get started:

Passport

If you have interest in any international opportunities you need to have your passport ready! This means if you don't have one or if yours will be expiring soon, you need to apply now. Passports are good for 10 years for adults. Most countries you visit will require a passport to be valid for a period of six months after the date of arrival, even if you only plan to stay a short time. A passport is a worthwhile investment and it pays to start planning early. Here's where you can apply: http://travel.state.gov/passport/get/first/first_830.html

Résumé/CV

A résumé is sometimes known as a Curriculum Vitae or CV in other countries, whereas in the US a CV is almost always reserved for academic resumes. The type of CV provided for international positions will largely depend on the internship you're trying obtain.
In order to market your full potential to potential employers, you must have a strong résumé or CV. The Binghamton University Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development quick-reference guides, and the Watson Career and Alumni Connections reference guide page will help provide you with tips to develop your resume or CV.

Understanding of Logistics

Planning is truly essential in an international internship experience. One must think about location specific visa and employment requirements, finances, passport processing, travel and living, as well as the timing of submitting your application to the first day of work. Make sure you budget time and planning to accomplish each step since visas, work permits, and passport processing time frames can vary depending on the demand at the time. The OIP website provides information on other things you'll need to think about during your stay abroad regarding health and safety considerations before your departure. You can also browse websites provided in the Useful Resources section.

Consult

Be sure to contact International Career and Alumni Connections (Amanda Bailor) and the Office of International Programs once you have decided which options you would like to pursue. 

Last Updated: 9/10/14