Work and Service
AIESEC is a global platform for young people to explore and develop their leadership potential. It is a non-political, independent, not-for-profit organization run by students and recent graduates of institutions of higher education. Its members are interested in world issues, leadership, and management. AIESEC (pronounced eye-sek) was originally an acronym for Association Internationale des Étudiants en Sciences Économiques et Commerciales, but AIESEC is no longer used as an acronym but simply as the name of the organization. Through its program, Global Talent, recent graduates can search for paid professional positions of 6-78 weeks in duration that will allow them to gain experience in an international work setting, develop skills needed cross-culturally, and bring a fresh perspective for companies. AIESEC also organizes Global Volunteer, an unpaid internship opportunity working toward UN Global Goals (6-12 weeks), and Global Entrepreneur, an unpaid internship with an international start-up (6-12 weeks).
AmeriCorps programs provide opportunities for Americans to make an intensive commitment to service. The AmeriCorps network of local, state, and national service programs engages more than 80,000 Americans in projects around the nation each year. The Corporation for National & Community Service administers the AmeriCorps program, which focuses its efforts in six key areas: disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families. AmeriCorps serves these constituencies through three programs: (1) AmeriCorps State and National--the broadest network of AmeriCorps programs, which recruits, trains, and places AmeriCorps members to meet critical community needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment; (2) AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America)--which provides full-time members to nonprofit, faith-based, and other community organizations, and public agencies to create and expand programs that bring low-income individuals and communities out of poverty; and (3) AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps)--a full-time, team-based, residential program for men and women ages 18–24. Members live on one of five campuses, located in Denver, CO; Sacramento, CA; Perry Point, MD; Vicksburg, MS; and Vinton, IA.
ChildVoice was founded in 2006 to restore the voices of children silenced by war in northern Uganda. At that time, more than 30,000 children had been abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and forced to become soldiers. Of the children who were able to escape, many returned home to face innumerable hardships, from post-traumatic stress disorder to a lack of educational opportunities. Since 2007, ChildVoice’s Lukome Center in northern Uganda has provided a therapeutic community for adolescent girls, including former child soldiers and sex slaves, war orphans, child mothers, and other highly vulnerable girls from Uganda and South Sudan. At the Center, girls are able to recover from the trauma of war and receive the educational and vocational training they so desperately need to rebuild their lives. ChildVoice offers internships for individuals who are in college, post-graduate, and mid-career to serve at the Lukome Center in northern Uganda or at their U.S. office in Newmarket, New Hampshire.
The Christianson Grant is awarded to individuals who have arranged their own work abroad programs. Proposed programs must be at least six months in length and emphasize a work component. The grant program does not support independent research projects or academic study abroad programs. Award amounts vary between $2,500 and $10,000. Grant applicants must be: U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents; between the ages of 18 and 28, participating in a work, internship or volunteer abroad program--that is not part of a degree requirement or for class credit; committed to a program duration of at least six months; and willing to submit a written report upon completion of their program.
As a niche job board, Cool Works' mission is to connect adventurous job seekers with employers and one another. The Cool Works team works passionately to offer inspiration, resources, and encouragement to their clients. CoolWorks.com has been central to the summer job and seasonal job market niche since 1995, an old-timer in web years. The organization has a dedicated core of job seekers who use Cool Works to seek job opportunities actively in great places like national parks, various resorts, ranches, camps, ski resorts, and jobs on the water. They also seek volunteer and conservation corps opportunities to help better our world. We're proud of the employers who utilize our site and are always on the lookout for others who fit our niche.
A nonprofit, nongovernmental organization, the Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE) is the country’s oldest and largest nonprofit study abroad and intercultural exchange organization. Since 1947, CIEE has helped thousands of people gain the knowledge and skills necessary to live and work in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world by offering the most comprehensive, relevant, and valuable exchange programs available.
ENLACE, the Electronic Network for Latin American Careers and Employment, is a job and internship site for Latin Americanists. The network contains links to the employment sections of websites, job databases, and other employment resources in areas such as government, higher education, and international organizations related to and serving Latin America.
The Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD) works with more than 250 partner organizations to create incremental, lasting change in communities around the world. With the Intern Abroad program, participants help make that change happen through a hands-on internship experience. It's an intense, immersive program for students and young professionals looking to gain international development training and experience.
The experience begins with an in-country orientation led by FSD’s local site team. Site teams provide each intern with invaluable guidance and insight throughout their program; this starts with orientation, which covers both theory (such as FSD’s asset-based community development model) and day-to-day details (such how to navigate the local transit system). Interns are introduced to other interns serving in the area and then to their respective host organizations and host families. After orientation, project work begins. The intern and the host organization will develop a work plan aimed at supporting the organization's work. Some interns create brand new projects, and others contribute to ongoing work, but the overall focus always remains on community involvement, sustainability, and effectiveness. FSD internships can be as short as nine weeks or as long as a full year. The more time a participant is able to commit to a project--laying the foundation, doing the work, evaluating results, and adjusting accordingly--the more effective it can be.
Founded in 1999 by young leaders from both the USA and post-genocide countries like Guatemala and Bosnia-Herzegovina, Global Youth Connect advances human rights by empowering young activists from around the globe to meet face-to-face, exchange ideas and take action together in collaboration with grassroots NGOs, policy makers, and other stakeholders. Global Youth Connect’s programs provide young leaders (ages 14-35) from a wide range of ethnic, national, economic and religious backgrounds with opportunities to learn more about human rights and enhance their ability to take action on pressing human rights issues. Currently, GYC has 3-week summer programs in Rwanda, Colombia, and South Africa; fees for GYC's summer programs are roughly $2500.
Idealist maintains a database of jobs, volunteer positions, and organizations that uphold their mission statement "to find practical solutions to social and environmental problems, in a spirit of generosity and mutual respect." You can search thousands of job openings with the world's largest job search engine for nonprofit, government, and social enterprise jobs. To help you with your job search, Idealist hosts job openings across the spectrum, from entry-level to executive, and across nearly every profession. Idealist is free to access and use.
The mission of Impact America, an Americorps program, is to engage recent college graduates to address community needs in Birmingham, Alabama, Memphis, Tennessee, Tallahassee, Florida, and Greenville, South Carolina. Impact America's organizational structure relies on recruiting talented, intelligent, and socially-conscious recent college graduates to serve as AmeriCorps Members for one or two years following graduation. Corps Members are in the community every day, collaborating with community partners and interacting with a diverse group of people ranging from preschoolers to college students to single mothers. The Impact Year enables Corps Members to both make a difference in their communities and gain valuable professional skills, from communication and public speaking to management and collaboration. In addition to implementing their signature initiatives (FocusFirst, vision care for preschoolers; SaveFirst, free tax preparation; SpeakFirst, coaching and mentoring middle and high school debate teams; CollegeFirst, a three-week summer enrichment program for high school students to prepare them for AP courses; and Stories from the Line, short film productions about the families Impact America serves), Corps Members will participate in a yearlong leadership development program—attending training sessions to augment their on-the-ground service, learning about the most pressing issues facing their state of service, and interacting with high-level community leaders.
Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC) is a paid, full-time service and leadership program operating in many cities across the United States. Volunteers are placed in full-time positions at social justice organizations for one year, while living in intentional community with other volunteers and practicing sustainability and exploring spirituality together.
Social workers have decided to spend their careers helping others. Here are a few example resources that might be helpful for students:
- How to Become a Public Policy Social Worker - https://mastersinsocialworkonline.org/careers/public-policy-social-worker/
- Careers in Social Work - https://mastersinsocialworkonline.org/careers/
- Student Mental Health Guide - https://mastersinsocialworkonline.org/resources/student-mental-health/
NonProfitJobs is an on-line gathering place where not-for-profit employers and management personnel can meet one another. Any visitor can search job opportunities.
The Peace Corps has been a leader in international development and citizen diplomacy for more than 50 years across more than 140 countries. In an increasingly interdependent world, we tackle challenges that know no borders--such as climate change, pandemic disease, food security, and gender equality and empowerment. Although times have changed since the Peace Corps' founding in 1961, the agency's mission--to promote world peace and friendship--has not. Today, the Peace Corps is more vital than ever, working in collaboration with partner organizations and using cutting-edge technologies and well-tested best practices to enhance impact.
As the preeminent international service organization of the United States, the Peace Corps sends Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Peace Corps Volunteers work at the grassroots level toward sustainable change that lives on long after their service—at the same time becoming global citizens and serving their country. When they return home, Volunteers bring their knowledge and experiences—and a global outlook—that enriches the lives of those around them.
This AmeriCorps Ally program, Public Allies, allows you to join a national network of inspiring leaders dedicated to practicing six core values of Diversity/Inclusion, Collaboration, Continuous Learning, Integrity, Building on Assets, and Innovation. Allies are placed in diverse and challenging environments to foster their growth and development in community organizing and leadership. This intensive program starts in the fall and runs through summer. Allies who are selected invest 10 months in nonprofit and community-based organizations, while receiving valuable leadership and professional training. Program benefits include: being a part of the AmeriCorps national service network; a monthly living stipend (amount varies by location); the $5,920 Eli Segal Education Award; student loan forbearance or deferment; paid healthcare; childcare subsidy; and networking with nonprofit and community leaders.
For over 38 years, Transitions Abroad magazine was the only publication dedicated to work, study, living, volunteering, and cultural immersion travel abroad. Its purpose was the dissemination of practical information leading to a greater understanding of other cultures through direct participation in the daily life of the host community. The thematic webzines, which can be read for free on our award-winning www.TransitionsAbroad.com website, continue and expand upon the editorial of the print magazine which ceased print publication with the January 2008 issue. In parallel, we constantly make available new content from experts in the field and participants alike in keeping with the prevalent desire for a constant flow of thoughtful information sharing.
TransitionsAbroad.com is being perpetually enhanced to reflect the depth and quality of the articles, program listings, best resources and links gathered and updated over the past 38+ years, even as we work to extend the scope exponentially with future versions which will include the latest technologies for database technology and social networking to extend the community. We are committed to expanding upon our trailblazing publications and editorial--a prototype for those who have followed and imitated us in so many ways--while remaining the most comprehensive, no-nonsense web guide and webzine for work, study, travel, living, and volunteering abroad.
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide. Every year, about 7,500 qualified and experienced women and men of around 160 nationalities serve as UN Volunteers in some 130 countries. They are professionals who play key roles contributing to peace and making an impact on development results. UNV also recruits individuals to participate in the UNV Online Volunteering Service, which connects volunteers with organizations working for sustainable human development. Through this program, volunteers contribute their skills online to help organizations address development challenges.