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Internships and Work Abroad

Do you want to gain professional experience by interning or working abroad? Here are some places to begin exploring work and internship abroad options. If you have questions regarding the process of working or interning abroad, please visit with a BBA International Programs Coordinator and a BBA Career Services Advisor.

Internships Abroad

McCombs undergraduate students interested in studying abroad in Australia, Chile, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, and Thailand also have an opportunity to pursue an internship experience while they are overseas. Some schools and programs offer pre-approved BBA internship credit, while others offer business internship opportunities during or after a student’s study abroad semester. It is important to keep your Career Services advisor informed on your internship options and to seek BBA internship approval for any international internship that you may be interested in.

Pre-Approved BBA Internships 

Mexico: ITESM - All three locations, Monterrey, Estado de Mexico, and Queretaro, offer internships with an internship class that works as the BBA internship class. Students are eligible if participating on the BBA exchange to ITESM. The internship application requires a transcript, two passport-sized photos, a resume in English and Spanish, a short essay about the field in which you would like to work, a letter of recommendation from a professor (you can use the same recommendation that is submitted for your UT study abroad application), and US $100 admission fee. Learn more.

Spain: CIEE Seville Business and Society Program - A combined study abroad and internship program during fall or spring semester available through the affiliated study abroad provider, CIEE. Interested students should contact an advisor from the UT Study Abroad Office

Students on the CIEE program: live with a host family in Seville; take an intensive Spanish for Business class; enroll in 12 credit hours among mostly MKT, FIN, MAN, ECO, IB, OM and SPN classes, receive assistance in preparing a resume and cover letter in Spanish; research participating companies and positions available; and attend an internship fair where company representatives interview students in Spanish. Internships are unpaid. The better the student’s Spanish skills, the more options they will have. Learn more.

Thailand: Thammasat University - This is an exclusive internship opportunity for McCombs students! The finance-only internship opportunity is quite flexible, and considered on a case-by-case basis. Junior or senior finance majors studying abroad through the BBA exchange at Thammasat University are eligible to apply. This 3-credit-hour course requires 200 internship hours -- quite a huge commitment, but amazing experience!! It may work best for seniors who have fulfilled all coursework at school, yet plan to gain a real-life working experience before graduation. However, participants can definitely choose to take other BBA and non-BBA courses (i.e., Thai language, Thai culture, etc.), if their schedules allow. You need to submit a CV (resume) and a statement of purpose specifically addressing an area(s) of finance in which you are interested. All application materials are due 4 months in advance, so planning well ahead is required. Learn more.

Additional Internships at BBA Exchange Partner Universities

Australia: University of New South Wales - The UNSW Study Abroad Office organizes internships for international exchange students; however, participants must pay a separate charge of $1,800 Australian dollars. Exchange students can also use the Careers and Employment Office to find alternate internships once they are matriculated at UNSW. Learn More.

Australia: Australian National University - Full time internships are available as a stand-alone program or after a student’s exchange semester, through the Australian National Internships Program. Learn more

Chile: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile - Exchange students can use the Career Services Placement Office to find an internship once they are registered at PUC.

Germany: WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management - Exchange students can use the Career Services Placement Office to find an internship once they are registered at WHU for the semester. Learn more. 

Italy: Universita Commerciale Luigi Bocconi - Full time internships are available to follow an exchange semester. Students can apply after their arrival in Bocconi through the Career Service office. Learn more.

Other Internship Resources

Work Abroad Resources

Please research these organizations carefully. Also note restrictions such as not being allowed to study and work simultaneously or work visa requirements for foreign nationals. 

Organizations

Alliance Abroad - Alliance Abroad offers customized internship, work, teach and training programs for students and graduates outside of the United States.

AIESEC - AIESEC provides employment opportunities abroad for students.  Through their international traineeship exchanges, they offer practical learning experiences in more than 80 countries around the world. There is also an AIESEC chapter in Austin.

BUNAC - The British Universities North American Club will grant you a work visa which will allow you to search for work in a specific country, with or without a job offer.  BUNAC has programs of varying lengths in countries such as Australia, Britain, Ireland, and New Zealand.

CIEE  - The CIEE program offers opportunities to teach in locations such as Chile, China, Spain, and Thailand, and Spain, France, and Germany.

CDS International - CDS administers programs ranging in duration from three to 18 months, that include an internship component, and some have academic or language training elements as well.  The variety of program formats enables you to choose the one that best fits your skills and requirements.  Primary country destinations are Germany, Argentina, Spain, Switzerland and Russia.

Cultural Embrace - Cultural Embrace offers work, volunteer, internship, and teach abroad opportunities in several countries.

Dickinson College’s International Career Page  - this Web site is a good place to start in order to obtain general and specific information about working abroad

EUSA  - European Study Abroad - EUSA and the UT Center for Global Educational Opportunities provide summer internship possibilities in London in virtually all professional fields.  Contact the UT Study Abroad Office for more information.

InterExchange - InterExchange is a work-placement program that places you in a position and assists you with acquiring the work visa.  Positions are available in a number of countries, including Australia, France, Germany, Spain and the UK.

International Cooperative Education (ICE) - ICE places students in work/internship positions throughout Europe, Asia, and South America.  Positions are available in retail sales, supermarkets, hotels/restaurants, agriculture, offices, hospitals, banks, computer science, engineering, marketing, recreation, and teaching.

International Career Employment Center A comprehensive source of international careers for professionals, including international development jobs.

Intrax Internships Abroad - A professional development program that provides students with summer internships in Paris, Berlin, London, Madrid, Barcelona, Tokyo, and recently added Santiago and Beijing. Past participants in our program have interned in finance, marketing, and non-profits at top companies like Microsoft,, Morningstar, Deutsche Telekom, and BBDO.

ProWorld - A mission-driven organization that offers internship programs in Belize, Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Ghana, India, and Thailand. Named the “Best Adventure Travel Company” by National Geographic, ProWorld has projects including Community Development, the Environment, Education, Health, Microfinance, and NGO Management.

The Peace Corps - If the idea of working in a typical business environment while abroad does not interest you, perhaps volunteer work or social service is an option for your time abroad.  The Peace Corps sends individuals to work in emerging and essential areas such as teaching, information technology and business development in over 100 countries worldwide.  To learn more, you can meet with the Peace Corps recruiter located at UT’s International Office.

SCI-IVS - Civil Service International puts together summer Workcamps both overseas and in the U.S.    

Uniworld Database - The Uniworld Database publishes contact directories for multinational businesses, to find U.S. firms operating overseas and foreign firms operating in the U.S.  The entire directory can be purchased or you can buy only the results of a specific search.

U.S. Department of State - The U.S. Department of State has various summer internship opportunities available, for all backgrounds and majors.  Overseas posting is possible!  The application is on-line; U.S. citizenship is required.

UT Austin, College of Liberal Arts Career Services - The LAS Career Services Office provide a lot of valuable information and extremely helpful advice for an international job search.

UT Austin, Career Exploration Center - The Career Exploration Center assists undergraduate and graduate students in the exploration and clarification of their majors and careers. We are committed to providing student-centered counseling, assessments, education programs, on-site and on-line resources that empower students in the pursuit of their career goals.

Books 

  1. Careers in International Business, E. Halloran, 2003
  2. Culture Shock! Successful Living Abroad: Living and Working Abroad, M. Rabe, 1997
  3. Europe from a Backpack, Mark Pearson, 2004
  4. Expert Expatriate: Your Guide to Successful Relocation Abroad, M. Brayer Hess, 2002
  5. GenXpat: The Young Professionals Guide to Making a Successful Life Abroad, M. Malewski, 2005
  6. The Global Citizen: A Guide to Creating an International Life and Career, E. Kruempelmann, 2002
  7. How to Get a Job in Europe, C. Matherly & R. Sanborn, 2003
  8. How to Live Your Dream of Volunteering Overseas, J. Collins, S. Dezerega, Z. Heckscher, 2002
  9. International Exchange Locator: A Resource Directory for Educational and Cultural Exchange, Alliance on International Educational & Cultural Exchange, Inc., 2000
  10. International Jobs: Where They Are and How to Get Them,, N. Segal & E. Koucher, 2003
  11. International Job Finder: Where the Jobs Are Worldwide,, D. Lauber & K. Rice, 2002
  12. New American Expat: Thriving and Surviving Overseas in the Post-9/11 World,, W.R. Melton, 2005
  13. Overseas Americans : The Essential Guide To Living And Working Abroad,, W. Beaver, 2001
  14. Survival Kit for Overseas Living, Fourth Edition: For Americans Planning to Live and Work Abroad, R.L Kohls, 2001
  15. When in Rome or Rio or Riyadh...Cultural Q & A for Successful Business Behavior Around the World, G. Olofsson, 2004
  16. Work Abroad: The Complete Guide to Finding a Job Overseas, C. Hubbs, 2002
  17. Work Worldwide: International Career Strategies for the Adventurous Job Seeker, N. Mueller, 2000
  18. Work Your Way Around the World, S. Griffith, 2003

Recruiting Tips for Returning Study Abroad Students

International experience can help set students apart from peers.  Employers are looking for people with interpersonal communication skills and flexibility, who can quickly learn in whatever situation they are placed.  These are the skills students gain while studying abroad!  Here is some advice from students who studied abroad. 

“When employers see a study abroad experience, I think it shows them that you adapt to new environments quickly, be it due to relocation or at your worksite, and you can 'hit the ground running,' instead of training for long periods of time (e.g. adjusting to the industry, understanding the channels of communication).  Leverage this experience by explaining to future employers that you do not need constant direction and handle ambiguity well.” - Dana, University of New South Wales, Australia

“I chose to highlight my abroad experience by listing it as a separate heading on my resume.  This has caused almost every employer to ask about it during my interviews.  It's been a fantastic tool for me, because most employers have asked the same, general questions about my experiences, ‘How was it?’ and ‘What was the most valuable thing you gained?’  This has allowed me to prepare answers for questions in advance, in which I usually try to highlight two things:  the ability my abroad experiences gave me in resolving difficult and foreign problems, and the perspective they gave me on life in the U.S. and on my own individual situation.” - Stephen, WU-Wien, Austria

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Top 10 Reasons To Study Abroad and How Communicate That Experience to Recruiters

Did you know that only 4% of U.S. undergraduates ever study abroad?  Yet, the world is becoming more global.  The 2009 Institute of International Education reports that studying abroad is up 8.5% from 2007 to 2008.  We are learning how interconnected we actually are.  American companies are increasingly investing dollars abroad, and companies from countries around the world continue to invest in the international market as well.  As such, it is especially important for students to explore the world around them. 

1. It is the optimal way to learn a language (in the country where it is spoken). Being immersed in another culture that actually speaks the language you are learning is by far the most effective way to become fluent.  

Communicates:   The willingness to jump in and learn another language as a native speaker would; ability to translate nuances within the language that cannot be discovered in a textbook.

2. It provides the opportunity to travel. Weekends and academic breaks allow you to explore your surroundings - both the immediate and the more distant locations.

Communicates:   Sense of adventure, ability to explore/go out on your own (possibly risk-taker); designates you as a self-starter; willing to consider a multitude of opportunities—and to seek them out on your own.

3. You get to know another culture first-hand. A person's culture reflects very deep perceptions, beliefs, and values that influence his or her way of life and the way that s/he views the world. Students who experience cultural differences personally understand where other cultures are coming from and learn to examine their own culture more objectively.

Communicates:   Having an understanding of Intercultural communication will be vital to an organization and its members.  Students who can relate to individuals who are different from themselves, increase overall communication and work better to resolve conflict or questions among differing cultures.

4. It helps you develop new skills and provides experiences that a classroom setting cannot. Being immersed in an entirely new cultural setting is an opportunity to discover new strengths/abilities, conquer new challenges, and solve new problems. You will encounter situations that are wholly unfamiliar to you and will learn to adapt and respond in effective ways.

Communicates:   Readily taking on new and unfamiliar challenges; working to solve problems with no direction or frame of reference (ie: often seeking to find solutions in an environment where student cannot read signs or ask for directions—similar to undertaking a project at work with little to no instructions provided—and comfortable with that task because it has been experienced via study abroad).

5. You make connections with people from around the world. While abroad, you will meet not only natives to the culture in which you are studying, but also other international students who are as far from home as yourself.

Communicates:   Ability to communicate with other Americans abroad and international students alike; develop new connections and maintain relationships while simultaneously adapting to change.

6. Y ou learn about yourself. Students who study abroad often return home with new perspectives about whom they are and where they fit within their own culture. Their ideas and perspectives of self may be strengthened or they may choose to embrace new concepts and values.

Communicates:   An understanding of changing perspectives and how to adapt accordingly within differing values and cultural viewpoints; signifies growth as a person, more than a student—a member of society able to contribute to more global vantage points of discussion.

7. You expand your worldview. In comparison with citizens of most other countries, Americans tend to be uninformed about the world beyond the nation's boundaries.

Communicates:   You’ve developed a greater awareness of the global economy and how nations are intertwined, dependant on one another in order to prosper (and by what methods)—gained a broader worldview, perhaps different from a narrower American picture of the world around us.

8. You will expand your knowledge and break out of your academic routine. You may become familiar with an entirely new academic system and you will have the chance to take courses not offered on your home campus. It's also a great opportunity to break out the monotony of the routine you follow semester after semester.

Communicates:   Desire to “think outside the box”; generate new ideas and implement projects different from originally designated processes.

9. It enhances employment opportunities. Through an employer's eyes, a student who has studied abroad is self-motivated, independent, willing to embrace challenges, and able to cope with diverse problems and situations. Your experience living and studying in a foreign country, negotiating another culture, and acquiring another language will all set you apart from the majority of other job applicants.

Communicates:   You have developed a greater appreciation of other cultures, while reflecting upon your own society's values and behaviors—ability to producing creative solutions, delivering new ways of seeing and interpreting the world—something critical for any global company.

10. It adds value to your degree. Your language skills will receive such a boost that it is normally quite easy to add a minor in a language or even a second major without having to take many more additional courses after the return to your home campus.

Communicates:   Willingness to acquire knowledge on a daily basis—to grow beyond what is expected of your degree plan; desire to challenge oneself to excel beyond general qualifications of an assigned duty, project, etc.

Remind future employers of what you have to offer:

  • Expanded your understanding of diversity with respect to other cultures
  • Can provide insight into international regions and markets
  • Gained perspective on globalization and world affairs as a whole
  • Ability to communicate through a cross-cultural lens of experience, as well as language

Source: McCombs School of Business, BBA Career Services

Additional Resources:

Unpacking Your Study Abroad Experience

The "Unpacking: I Studied Abroad. Will It Get Me a Job?" four-part video demonstrates how students can leverage their study abroad experience when interviewing with recruiters for internships or full-time positions. Study abroad alumni, study abroad advisors, academic advisors, and career services advisor talk about making the most out of their study abroad experience. Watch Fenny Jie, a CIBER Summer Program participant, and Andrea Chytil, a McCombs academic advisor, "unpack" Fenny's study abroad experiences from the CIBER Edinburgh Program.

Part 1         Part 2        Part 3         Part 4

Source: Center for International Business Education and Research, UT Austin

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Page last updated: 5/15/2013