How do I Get a Career in International Education
Students often ask about how to get involved in International Education after having a great experience while studying,interning, or volunteering abroad. International education can offer a fast-paced career for those who are committed to travel, education abroad, and are able to remain flexible. If you are interested, take a minute to look through the information provided below to see how you could benefit from a career in international education.
In general, a Bachelors degree is required for most international education positions. However, a Master's degree is often preferred. Education degrees are popular however, it is not unusual to find people who majored in international relations, political science, liberal studies, sociology, anthropology, a foreign language, psychology, or any degree from a wide variety of disciplines.
Examples of where international educators work
Take some time to famailiarize yourself with NAFSA. NAFSA (Association of International Educators) is a professional organization for international educators. They host professional conferences, publish respected resources and have a very helpful website. Click here to link directly to their page about international education careers.
Listed below are some suggestions to help you prepare for a job in international education.
"I Want YOUR Job!" - or - "How to Find a Job in Study Abroad?"
Compiled by: Kathleen Barnebey, former NW Field Director, Institute for Study Abroad at Butler University
First things first
A BIG plus and strong recommendation
Get your master's degree (optimally in international studies/relations or student/personnel administration, but those two little letters after your name are really all that counts). If possible, integrate an internship with the international programs office into your master's program.
Recommended software skills:
Reality check: if you want to work in study abroad (besides having done all of the above), you need to:
If you want to become a "Road Warrior" (e.g., traveling recruiter), optimally, you need to:
What other types of jobs are available in study abroad? Here are just a few examples:
(In many smaller study abroad offices, one person is often responsible for ALL of the above!)
Page last modified February 20, 2013