Putting Your Study Abroad Experience to Work For You

Your study abroad experience will affect you long after your formal study is completed. There are countless ways to incorporate your international experience into your career field. Watch for these opportunities, and continue building your international and intercultural experience.

Study abroad is a great start to building the international side of your résumé, but you might want to enhance it by working, interning, volunteering or attending graduate school abroad.

Few people step into a career in international affairs/business. Most people enter at a lower level in the domestic side of a business or organization, so be prepared to work your way into an international position. Network in the United States and while you’re abroad. Positions often become available to those who know the right people or are in the right place at the right time.

International Careers

A good way to start your search is by consulting the Career Services Center. The center can help you effectively market your study abroad experience to potential employers.

GoinGlobal: International Career and Employment Resource
If you are interested in working and/or interning abroad, log in to the MU Career Manager to explore GoinGlobal, a leading provider of career and employment resources for evaluating, selecting and transitioning into a successful career in another country. The database provides:

GoinGlobal provides more than 16 million worldwide job and internship listings. Opportunities are posted for major multinational companies and are updated daily.

UniWorld Directories

Uniworld directories enables you to search for American firms operating in foreign countries or foreign firms operating in the United States. It is a great place to start a search for international corporations. To search the database, go to the Raynor Memorial Libraries homepage and click on the databases tab under find resources. Select Uniworld from the list to begin your search.

International Education as a Career

Many students return from their experience overseas eager to help others have an equally transformative experience. Consider pursuing a career in international education. Work with incoming international students, outgoing study abroad students or partnership building. Learn as much as you can about the field to determine if it is the right fit for you.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Teaching English abroad is another career path that many returning study abroad students are interested in pursuing. Below are a few ongoing programs you may want to explore.


Graduate Study Abroad

Can’t get enough of studying abroad? How about a scholarship to study at Oxford or a fellowship to design your own study anywhere in the world? Check out the Career Services Center or contact the appropriate university representative to find out about prestigious scholarships for graduate study abroad, including the Fulbright, Rhodes, Rotary and more.


International Volunteer Service

The Peace Corps, International Jesuit Service Corp, and many other service organizations provide excellent opportunities to live and volunteer abroad.

Domestic Volunteer Service

The Jesuit Volunteer Corps and City Year are both great opportunities to work across different cultures right here in the United States.



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Office of International Education

OIE works to promote the internationalization of Marquette University by recruiting and advising international students and scholars, developing vibrant partnerships with international institutions and providing innovative study abroad opportunities.
Office of International Education