International Work Experience
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Why Go Global?
Graduate employers increasingly seek recruits with multicultural awareness, adaptability and awareness of global business networks. International work- experience help you to develop these highly transferable skills which are proven to increase employability.
By travelling overseas and experiencing different work environments, people, cultures and organisations, you will not only develop your technical and professional skills but can confidently demonstrate to prospective employers that you are resilient, independent and adaptable, making you a valuable asset to their business.
Where do I look for international vacancies?
Even if your degree course does not include a compulsory industry-based work placement, many of our international work placement programmes can be completed during your summer break.
Use Recruit for when searching for international work-based learning opportunities e.g. volunteering, summer internships and 12-month placement opportunities. This can be accessed via the Student Portal, ‘My Career’ tab.
Ulster University are pleased to be working in partnership with HigherEd – a new online global career platform for students and graduates seeking international work placement opportunities. Hundreds of quality global internship and placement opportunities are available and updated every week from employers such as Amazon, Pespi,Nike, Google, Santander and L’Oreal.
Register on HigherEd and find internships, placements, and graduate positions that are relevant to you from companies around the world.
Start building your global network by signing up to the Alumni Networking Programme and use LinkedIn to monitor vacancies with your employers of choice.
International Programme Partners
You will have the opportunity to meet staff from our International Partner organisations through on-campus events such as Go Global Week. So, if you would like to spend your summer working as a volunteer in Africa, a soccer coach in the USA or completing a sector related internship in Asia, we have a range of international programme partner organisations to choose from.
All short-term summer volunteering roles and internships are Edge Accredited activities under Category 5 – Developing a Global Vision. We also work with partner organisations who offer international long-term placements lasting from 26-52 weeks:
- Rian Immigrant Center Placement Programme – all 20 year long placements in the USA are advertised on Recruit each year
- International Association for the Exchange of Students with Technical Experience (IAESTE) - £10 student registration fee online to access STEM, Applied Arts and Business placements in over 80 countries
- Meddeas – Language Assistant teaching placements from 5-9 months available in over 200 schools in Spain
- King’s Group, Spain – Teaching Assistant, Business Development and HR placements lasting 9-12 months in Madrid and Alicante
To keep up to date with the when programmes open for applications and 2019-20 deadlines, ensure you have registered for Go Global.
Funding Your International Placement
The Fund for International Travel (FIT) supports students who have secured a minimum 26-52-week international placement leading to the Diploma in Professional Practice (International).
Santander Universities UK Mobility Scholarship is for students who undertake short-term (2-25 weeks) international placements.
Grants from £500 - £2,000 are available towards flights, visa costs, subsistence and other travel costs.
Calls for funding applications open in semester two. Keep checking your emails for the launch date and deadline.
Support Available from the Employability & Careers Team
- Advice on how to source and secure an international work placement
- Regular updates on the short-term and long-term overseas work placement and internship opportunities, via Recruit, Go Global registration and our social media channels.
- Support and assistance with applications, including CV / resume preparation, drafting cover letters and interview preparation
- Information on funding available towards the cost of your international work placement.
- Meet staff from international partner organisations through on-campus events.
- Attend Pre-Departure workshops on how to prepare and plan for your international work placement.
International Graduate Programmes
The US-NI Mentorship Program is a one-year work placement for recent graduates from Northern Ireland to work with leading corporations in the USA.
Previous host companies in the USA have included
- The Coca Cola Company
- Moët Hennessy USA
- HBO Time Warner Inc
Online applications open in spring semester.
The IBEC Global Graduate Programme places graduates attracted by an international career on paid work placements around the world with leading companies over 12-24 months.
Previous host companies;
- Bord Bia
- Tourism Ireland
Each of the graduate programmes combine on-the job experiential learning and academic study leading to an accredited Postgraduate qualification.
Online applications close in February with placements commencing in August.
Graduating this year?
Are you actively seeking a graduate internship with a global employer in the USA?
The Rian Immigrant Center in Boston is a U.S. Department of State designated visa sponsor for the J-1 Irish Work and Travel Visa (J-1IWT) visa programme. Ulster graduates can intern in the U.S. in their field of study for up to 12 months, with the Rian acting as your visa sponsor for the year.
International Opportunities to Study Abroad
Study abroad allows you to undertake part of your undergraduate degree outside of the UK at one of our exchange partner universities across the globe.
Studying abroad will count towards your degree with your final degree classification or your time abroad will be recognised in your degree title, eg BSc Hons Computing with DIAS (Diploma in International Academic Study).
For further information on Study Abroad opportunities.
Washington Ireland Program 2019-20
US NI Mentorship Program 2018
IAESTE Global Placements 2019-20
Meddeas Language Assistants in Spain