International Work Abroad Opportunities for Mount Royal University Students
International work experiences such as practicum, internships or co-op are high impact international learning experiences that can provide valuable personal and professional benefits. Working abroad will allow you to develop new skills in your field of study and gain wider experiences that will increase your employability upon return.
While working abroad, you can...
- Take on new and diverse responsibilities in a work environment
- Develop your international network
- Experience a different culture
- Learn another language
- Grow by overcoming the challenges of living and working abroad
- And much more
Gaining these skills shows resourcefulness, resilience, adaptability and flexibility. All of these skills are excellent to market yourself to potential employers and can set you apart from your peers who completed local work experience.
Completing International Work Experience as part of a Mount Royal Program
If your program requires you to complete a work term, you have the opportunity to complete it abroad. To do this, you will work with both your work experience coordinator and an International Education coordinator.
Overview of the international work experience process
- Meet with your work experience coordinator, practicum coordinator, or co-op coordinator to determine if completing your work term abroad would fit within your program. If so, sign the Declaration of Intent form and submit it to your work experience coordinator.
- Research and find the international work experience opportunity that you would like to pursue and discuss it with your work experience coordinator.
- Apply for and secure your international position. Your work experience coordinator must approve the proposed placement.
- Complete and submit the International Work Experience Registration Forms along with all supporting documentation and signatures required to International Education in EB 3005.
- Continue preparing for your international work experience, including obtaining adequate travel health and medical insurance, all necessary travel documents, arranging your accommodation, booking your flights, etc.
- Attend the mandatory Pre-Departure orientation session scheduled by International Education.
- Go abroad! Work, learn, explore, discover, connect, and travel. Be an excellent ambassador of Mount Royal University while you're abroad.
- Submit your Experience Report by the specified deadline.
- Attend the Re-Entry session scheduled by International Education.
- Extend your international experience by engaging with the international community at Mount Royal University.
Completing International Work Experience is more accessible than you may think
- Funding is available through a variety of sources on and off campus to help offset the costs associated with living and working abroad.
- There are many on campus resources and organizations that can help you secure a position in another country.
- Many international internships don’t require a second language.
International work of volunteer experience opportunities
The Washington Centre Internship Program (TWC)
A leading educational institution that provides students from around the world with access to intensive internship opportunities in Washington, DC. Students from a wide array of disciplines can find a good fit to gain necessary professional experience and pursue their career interests. Learn more.
Alberta Smithsonian Internship Program (ASIP)
Each year, ten Albertans are invited to participate in an internship with the esteemed Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest consortium of museums located in Washington, DC. Learn more. The Washington Center Internships and Academic Seminars Alberta Report 2015
Combine language learning, internship, and an academic course through this unique program offered in partnership with the University of Alberta. Learn more.
AEISEC - International Association for Students in Economics and Commercial Sciences
Through professional internships and volunteer abroad programs, AIESEC provides students with challenging opportunity's to live and work in a foreign country in areas of management, technology, education, and development. Contact your Mount Royal AIESEC chapter at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get ready to go abroad with 4,000 searchable resources, 300 expert articles and inspiring student stories. Note: A Mount Royal email address is required to access this site. Visit MyWorldAbroad here.
International Experience Canada (IEC)
The Canadian Government has agreements with foreign countries and territories that make it easier for you to get work permits with our partners. Work abroad to help fund the trip of a lifetime. Gain new skills, learn new languages, experience different cultures and explore places that you never thought you could. Learn more.
• Alberta Saxony Intercultural Internship Program: An opportunity for Albertan students to work in Saxony, Germany and for Saxon students to work in Alberta. It allows the exchange of bright and talented students from both regions to complete a research or industry placement.
• Backpacking with Purpose: Operation Groundswell International Service Learning volunteer opportunity
• Working Holiday and International Co-op Internship: Ireland’s Working Holiday agreement with Canada offers Irish and Canadian young people between the ages of 18 and 35 the exciting opportunity to experience living and working abroad.
•Marine Institute International Youth Internship Program (YIP): Marine International is looking for young, global-minded grads for their International Youth Internship Program (IYIP). Apply now to intern in Cambodia, Malawi, the Philippines, or Vietnam!
•Lingnan University Visiting English Tutor Positions: Lingnan University invites Mount Royal University graduates to apply as a Visiting English Tutor (VET). VETs work in the Centre for English as Additional Languages where they provide advice to undergraduate students and aid in the development of self-access materials. VETs also design and run workshops to develop students' writing, reading, speaking and listening skills in English.
•Cultural Ambassadors: North American Language and Culture Assistants in Spain - The Spanish Ministry of Education sponsors openings for U.S. and Canadian Language and Culture Assistants in Spain for an academic year. Applications are typically accepted between January and April each year.
Although the Office of International Education at Mount Royal University reviews, compiles and posts study/work/volunteer abroad opportunities submitted by other organizations, the programs presented through the website links above cannot be guaranteed as to accuracy, legitimacy or caliber. Those relying on information presented on these sites do so at their own risk and Mount Royal University shall not be liable for either the content of the information or any actions taken based on the information.
Career Services also has useful links and information to help you with your search for work abroad opportunities.