The Clark School Office of International & Leadership Programs website includes a search for credit-bearing study abroad opportunities that include internships, research or volunteer components.
If you plan to participate in an internship, research or volunteer program abroad that is not administered or sponsored by the University of Maryland, please review the Health and Safety Information from the Office of International Affairs.
(you must be logged in to Careers4Engineers or Careers4Terps to gain access) is a comprehensive guide to finding an internship or job at home or abroad. In addition to being an external job board, GoinGlobal offers country and city guides that provide detailed information about what you need to know about working in that city or country, including pertinent cultural information, COVID-19 information, resume and cover letter information, and LGBTQ+ information. You can use GoinGlobal whether you are searching for an internship or job here in Washington, D.C., or whether you want to go global. See our GoinGlobal handout
for more tips.
Though anyone can use GoinGlobal, ECS highly recommends it for:
- international students who want to seek job and internship opportunities in the United States and their home countries.
- students planning to move to an unfamiliar city in the United States.
- any student seeking a virtual internship or job due to COVID-19.
- students enrolled in the Global Engineering Leadership minor or any foreign language program.
- students that are seeking employers that recruit individuals with H1B Visas.
- graduate students and experienced professionals.
European citizens should pay special attention to the Europass feature of GoinGlobal. The Europass is a European Union initiative that increases the transparency of qualification and mobility of citizens in Europe. Information pertaining to the Europass can be found with any European country and Global City Career Guide under the “Getting the Job” tab.
International students seeking resources on H1B employment should pay special attention to H1B Plus, GoinGlobal’s job board specifically for H1B employers. H1B Plus (Job Board for GoinGlobal's custom-designed H-1B Plus database) provides U.S. Department of Labor records for more than two million companies that have applied for H-1B visas from 2009 to-date. You can search for records by industry, occupation, job title, company name, job location, fiscal year, or wage. Information is updated quarterly as new Department of Labor visa application records are released.
Costs and Funding
In the U.S., technical internships and co-op positions in industry are often paid, but outside the U.S., engineering students generally are not paid to work as interns. If you are not a citizen of your intended host country, you will also need to consider the cost and feasibility of obtaining a work permit. Program providers that help students find internships abroad usually charge significant fees for internship placement, assistance with housing and visa applications, and on-site assistance. It is worth applying for scholarships and fellowships. Start looking at opportunities 1-2 years before you want to pursue the study or research opportunity.
National Scholarships Office
at UMD provides information and advising on prestigious scholarships and fellowships for research or graduate study in the U.S. or abroad.
Bright Futures Scholarship
is sponsored by the University Career Center to provide funding for unpaid internships with non-profit organizations or government agency in the U.S. and abroad.