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Working Abroad

Why Work Abroad?

Whether you’re looking for your perfect summer internship, your first full-time job after graduation or you need a career change after working for many years, your search doesn’t have to be limited to this state or even this continent! Imagine flying off to France for a summer internship in business, packing up for Panama to start your first job in biology, or traveling to Thailand to make that career transition into education. Working internationally allows you to not only gain experience in your profession but you will learn about the people, language, customs, economy, government, and ecology of another country.  Even if you don’t wish to live abroad there are numerous organizations and businesses based here in the United States that need employees to travel internationally to represent them to foreign clients and partners.

If you love to travel and immerse yourself in new and different cultures and want to get paid to do so, then consider working abroad. Use the information here as a jumping off point to explore the opportunities that are waiting for you all around the world. Also visit the International Programs: Education Abroad website and office at Westfield State University to learn more about studying abroad opportunities.

Below are links to websites and publications that discuss the reasons for and benefits of working abroad:

Finding an Opportunity to Work Abroad

Search Engines:

Education Abroad Positions in the U.S.

Applying for a Position Abroad

Resume and Cover Letter


Permits and Visas


What to Expect and How to Prepare

 The following are questions that you will want to explore and research before you jet off to your new adventure abroad:

  • What documentation will you need to travel and work?
  • What is the native language?
  • Are there any cultural traditions for dress, dining, communication, etc.?
  • What is the weather like?
  • Have you found living accommodations?
  • Will you have enough to live on before your first paycheck?
  • What will be your form of transportation while you live abroad?
  • Will you have health insurance coverage while you’re abroad?
  • Do you have a cellular phone that will work internationally?
  • Will you need any vaccinations?
  • Do you know where the U.S. Embassy or Consulate is in your destination country?   

These are just a few of the questions you’ll need to consider when preparing to work overseas. The more you prepare and the more you learn about your new home the easier the transition will be. The following are resources that will help answer your questions and get ready for your job abroad: