Opportunities Abroad

Are you considering a job or internship abroad? Explore these online resources to get started. Stop by our office or make an appointment via Handshake with a career advisor and begin networking to learn more.

The Office of Career and Professional Development at Washington and Lee University has not vetted any of the international internship and volunteer opportunity listings on this page and makes no representations or guarantees regarding any of the listed opportunities. It is the responsibility of students and alumni to do their own due diligence when applying for and accepting any of these opportunities.

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Job and Internship Resources

Internship Providers

Organizations which will provide unpaid internships, requires payment.

  • AIFS - Summer and semester internships in England, Italy, Spain and Costa Rica
  • API - Summer and semester internships in Argentina, Australia, Chile, China, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, and Spain
  • Apogee Adventures - Lead outdoor camping and biking trips across the US and Europe
  • Aya Center - Internships in Ghana
  • CET - Summer and semester internships in China, Taiwan, Jordan, Vietnam, and the Czech Republic
  • CIEE - Summer global internships in Europe, South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, and Chile
  • Connect 123 - Summer internships in Spain, Argentina, South Africa, Ireland, and China
  • Cross-Cultural Solutions - Education and health service internships around the world
  • DAAD Rise Germany - Science research experiences in Germany
  • Foundation for Sustainable Development - FSD is a community of development experts, donors, and volunteers who work together to achieve locally-driven goals in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. We employ local assets and work with groups on the ground to develop sustainable and self-reliant models that benefit each community differently.
  • Goabroad.com - Internship, volunteer and teaching opportunity clearinghouse
  • IASTE - The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience, with offices in over 80 countries, an IAESTE traineeship can help you gain a competitive edge in today's job market.
  • IASTE: US - For US students interested in an internship abroad in a STEM field
  • IES - Summer and Semester Internships in Europe, Australia, Chile, South Africa, and China
  • IFSA Butler - Summer and semester internships in Australia, Chile, China, United Kingdom, India, Israel, New Zealand and Spain
  • International Internships - Internships through the United Nations and other international organizations
  • ISA - Summer internships around the globe
  • School for International Education - Internship as part of study abroad experience in less traditional locations
  • Transitionsabroad.com - Internship, volunteer and teaching opportunity clearinghouse

Other Resources

Country-specific Opportunities
Teaching and Service
  • Agape Volunteers - Volunteer experience of various lengths in Africa
  • Ashoka Volunteers - Ashoka's mission is to shape a citizen sector that is entrepreneurial, productive and globally integrated, and to develop the profession of social entrepreneurship around the world. Ashoka identifies and invests in leading social entrepreneurs - extraordinary individuals with unprecedented ideas for change in their communities - supporting the individual, idea and institution through all phases of their career.
  • Global Volunteers - Create, nurture and sustain the well-being of the world's children and their families on international volunteer programs.
  • Habitat for Humanity - Habitat's Global Village volunteer opportunities.
  • InterAction - A coalition of over 150 U.S.-based non-profit organizations working to provide emergency and long-term development services and to promote human dignity in 165 countries around the world.
  • International Cultural Youth Exchange - Provides challenging intercultural learning experiences to young people, enhancing their social and personal development through international volunteer programs. ICYE promotes intercultural understanding, equality of opportunity, justice and peace among people in the world.
  • Love Volunteers - Variety of short volunteer trips in multiple sectors around the world
  • United for Sight - Empowers communities worldwide to improve eye health and eliminate preventable blindness and to develop sustainable solutions to health needs. Volunteer opportunities are available in Ghana, Honduras, and India.
  • UN Volunteers International - UN Volunteers promote peace and development in communities around the globe, while upholding the ideals and aspirations of the United Nations.
  • Volunteers for Peace - Founded in 1982, VFP is a non-profit organization offering over 3000 voluntary service opportunities around the world.
  • WWOFF - Volunteer with organic farmers abroad to learn more about sustainability, ecological farming, and culture
Work Resources

W&L Opportunities

Student Organizations and Departmental Resources

  • Center for International Education
  • Fellowship Office
  • SAIL - Student Association for International Learning is an organization dedicated to addressing international issues within the Washington and Lee community and sharing with the W&L campus new and different answers to social, cultural and political questions.
  • List of Multicultural Student Groups 
  • World Languages Portal - the World Languages and Cultures portal provides information on course offerings, resources, and programs for students interested in building skills to prepare for a global and diverse society.

Alumni To Know

One of the best ways to explore careers and find job opportunities is to network with progressional. Below are some alumni who have experience in the field and have volunteered to be a resource. To connect with someone, log in to Colonnade Connections and find their contact information. Not sure how to begin networking? Stop by our office to get started.  

Contact Alumni

Virginia Brumby '01

Despite all advice to the contrary, Virginia Brumby '01, insisted on majoring in Romance Languages at W&L. Since graduation, she has lived, worked, and traveled across six different continents, working as everything from a translator and advisor for VIPs and Royalty in Asia, to an assistant to a National Geographic aerial photographer in South America; from a Paralegal at the Department of Justice in Washington, to a Travel & Leisure journalist in India, from a language teacher for teenagers in France and Spain, to a Diplomat for the Netherlands and Quebec. She earned her MBA from INSEAD in 2009 and currently resides with her French/Spanish husband Christophe and her son Henry in Singapore, Where she runs a Lifestyle Membership (Survival Clinic) that she founded in 2010. She also serves as a Global Trustee and the Singapore President for the INSEAD Alumni Fund.

Bren Flanigan '16

Bren Flanigan graduated from Washington and Lee in 2016 with a degree in Economics and Global Politics and a minor in Classics. He is a current M.A. Candidate in International Affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in New York. Bren has worked for the U.S. Department of State as a public diplomacy intern at our diplomatic mission in Zambia, where he helped draft official statements on behalf of the embassy and talking points for Dr. Jill Biden’s White House visit to Zambia. Bren also worked at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Washington, DC and at the United Nations in New York as an intern in public information after graduating from W&L.

Skye Justice '03

Skye graduated from Washington and Lee in 2003 with a degree in Politics. He is an Officer in the U.S. Foreign Service, having joined the State Department in 2006. Currently, he serves as Humanitarian Advisor at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. In that capacity, he oversees humanitarian assistance to refugees and conflict victims provided by the United States and serves as a liaison to the International Committee of the Red Cross and the UN's humanitarian agencies. His prior assignments include Senegal, Haiti, Ethiopia, and Tanzania. In Washington, he has worked in the State Department's Office of Central American Affairs and Bureau of Diplomatic Security

J.R. Smith '91

J.R. graduated from Washington and Lee in 1991 after majoring in Journalism and East Asian Studies (Japanese). He spent three years in Japan post-graduation before returning to graduate from the University of Richmond School of Law in 1997. After graduation, J.R. clerked for W&L alum David H. Adams in Norfolk, Virginia, a retired federal bankruptcy judge. He then joined Hunton & Williams in Richmond, Virginia, where he remains a partner today. As a H&W lawyer, J.R. has lived and/or worked in over 40 countries throughout the world, including spending three years opening and managing a new office for his law firm in Tokyo from 2011 to 2014. His legal practice involves corporate finance, infrastructure development, restructuring and commercial litigation.

Laura Strickler '08

Laura Strickler is an International Affairs Specialist in NOAA’s Office of International Affairs (OIA) in Washington, D.C. Her work focuses on Arctic regional affairs, global negotiations on marine resources, and sustainable development issues. This consists of coordinating various policy processes throughout NOAA and the U.S. Government, providing policy recommendations, and co-developing U.S. policy positions for international meetings, in particular marine-related meetings of the United Nations and the Arctic Council.