Princeton is committed to preparing global citizens, and many students seek opportunities to work or study abroad. We encourage you to explore your options.
Consider Your Options
Finding an international opportunity is not very different from finding a job or internship in the U.S., but there are a few extra factors to consider:
- Get an early start. It takes time to research and develop contacts abroad.
- Visa concerns. Be aware of visa issues before your search.
- Seek advice. Ask those familiar with the region for advice and leads.
- Start close to home. Check out Princeton-specific programs.
- Research countries. Each country presents unique opportunities and considerations.
- Review work authorizations.
Understand Visas and Passports
Many countries allow entrance to American-citizen visitors for up to three months. If you are earning money or wish to stay longer, a visa may be necessary.
- Start with the embassy or consulate. They can offer insight into employment regulations and work authorizations.
- Ask around. Request that your employer or placement agency point you in the right direction.
- Be in the know. Review travel warnings and health requirements, such as immunizations. McCosh Health Center is a useful resource.
- Check your passport. It can take 6-8 weeks for a new passport and almost as long to renew one.
Land a Position
Craft global-ready resumes and cover letters.
Resume styles and content can vary by country. Familiarize yourself with the expectations and styles of various countries that interest you.
- Show your face? U.S. resumes do not include photographs or birth dates, unlike some other countries.
- Need translation? You may be required to submit career documents in another language.
- Get help. Ask a professor or graduate student in one of the language departments if they can review your materials.
Remember cultural factors when interviewing.
In the U.S. (and other countries) it is important to speak with confidence about your education, skills and experience. However, it is important to be aware of possible differences abroad.
- Get personal? It is neither uncommon nor illegal in many European interviews to be asked personal questions about marital status, personal values and opinions.
- Understand etiquette. Research social norms common for the region (such as bowing vs. shaking hands) and make a positive impression.
- Prep for phone interviews. Travel constraints may necessitate a phone interview. Outline the main points about your skills and qualifications. The employer’s impression of you will depend heavily on your verbal communication skills. If possible, use a landline to avoid dropped calls.