Tips and Tales From Around the Globe

11 Alumni Share Why They're Thankful for Their Internship Abroad

Lydia Theologus | November.21.2017

It’s almost our favorite day of the year to eat, drink, and wear stretchy pants. Pre-food coma, there’s always that one family member that suggests for everyone to go around the table to share what they are most thankful for in the past year. Around our office we wondered, “what would our Global Experiences alumni say?”

Understanding Relationship Building Strengths

Melissa Vivian | September.11.2017

Global Experiences is widely known in the field of Education Abroad as the premier provider of International Internships and Career Readiness. Global Experiences has been recognized as an innovator in impactful programming due to its customized internship placement process and award-winning Strengths-Based Approach to Career Readiness. 

Top Skills Employers Want from an Intern in 2018

Peter Ballagh | August.10.2017

What do employers look for in an employee? In this question we are not considering the employee’s knowledge and training but the soft skills – the positive professional demeanor which a person might bring to a place of work.

Stockholm Interns Abroad

Lauren Plug | June.20.2017

We’re almost a month into our pioneer Stockholm summer internship program, and it’s a hit! (We knew that it would be, of course).

Reasons to Intern Abroad After Graduation

Lauren Plug | June.12.2017

So you’ve graduated, CONGRATS! That’s a big deal! In 2015, it was reported by the US Census, that 1 in 3 people, only about 33%, reported a Bachelor’s Degree or higher. So, like I said before, CONGRATS!!

3 Critical Needs to Find a Career You Love

Maybe you’ve heard it since you were three-years-old and wanted to be either a firefighter or a doctor when you grew up. Or maybe you just started hearing it as you counted down the last few months, weeks and days of high school. Soon you are asking yourself, “what should I do with my life?”

Breaking Out of the Bubble

Kelly Holland | October.03.2016

So what exactly is Intentionally Designed Experiential Education Programming?

5 Simple Tips for Finding a Job Abroad

Emily Merson | May.04.2016

With over 5,500 alum from our international internship program  we are often asked “how do I get a job abroad once my program is finished?” Global Experiences International Internship Program is the launch pad for many intrepid globetrotters to build the network and confidence necessary to work abroad. Here’s some simple options for getting that first foot on the career ladder overseas once you finish your program and graduate from college.

1. Go Down Under, Mate

US citizens can work legally and travel in Australia for up to a year on the working holiday visa . Unemployment is low in Australia but Americans enjoy a solid reputation for their great customer service, confidence, and work ethic. Struggling to find that entry-level job in your field from abroad?  Consider part time work in cafes, restaurants and service related businesses while you explore professional opportunities face to face, a much better way to land that dream job. If nothing else, Oz has the highest minimum wage in the world so you can always support yourself while living in this incredible country. Check out the GE network  and connect with alumni for a warm intro to opportunities in Australia.

2. Shamrocks & Entrepreneurship in the Beautiful Emerald Isle

Ireland is a hotbed of activity for startups and is now considered the center of entrepreneurship in Europe. US citizens are eligible for a working holiday visa for Ireland in the year after they graduate and if you happened to have been an intern in Ireland on the Global Experiences program you have probably already have some professional contacts so reach out to them! Ask for informational interviews at organizations where you’d love to work and let them know you are exploring some options to work in Ireland for a year.

3. Teach English Abroad & Get Paid to Travel!

One of the easiest avenues to working and living abroad is teaching English as a second language. It is an experience that has launched many people into global careers, including Global Experiences Co-Founder Stephen Reilly, who taught English in Hong Kong before going on to visit more than 50 countries. Global travel also inspired Mitch Gordon of gooverseas.com, who credits his international teaching experience as the catalyst for starting the fantastic business he created, which helps students and young professionals find unique study, travel and work opportunities abroad. Online courses are a great way to get certified to teach and the International TEFL Academy  is one of the best in the business.

4. Use Your Network, All You Have To Do Is Ask!

During your internship with Global Experiences you were building a network of connections in your professional field whether you realized it or not at the time. Always keep in touch with the people you meet. Share your goals and ask for advice. You will be surprised how helpful they will be. The GE Alumni Community on Linkedin  is also an amazing resource of professionals, many of whom have been in their career for 5, 10 or even 15 years by now.

5. Join a Global Company with a US Office

Your international experience is valuable to many US based businesses, or overseas businesses with offices in the US. All areas of the economy have some global component and your first hand knowledge, network and language skills can be a great way to land your first full time job. You may also consider joining the growing field of International Education, and share your love of the world with others. GE is always hiring- so check out our careers page.

The main thing to remember is perseverance is the key. Don’t get discouraged if things don’t come together quickly or an opportunity doesn’t present itself. Keep to it and you won’t be disappointed. If you want it bad it enough, everything can happen…and it will.

Building your Global Network in London

Melissa Vivian | March.15.2016

6 Reasons You Need to Go Traveling After College

Meghan Tankersley | March.15.2016


Is the joy of graduating starting to fade into stress as you look for your first job after college? We understand how uncertain the future can be, which why we encourage those who aren’t ready to dive headfirst into workforce to consider spending a few months traveling and interning abroad. If interning abroad is not the best option for you, there are still millions of reasons to spend a summer, semester, or year traveling and learning abroad.

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