Are you considering a job or internship abroad? Explore these online resources to get started. Stop by our office or make an appointment with a career adviser and begin networking to learn more.

The Office of Career and Professional Development at Washington and Lee University has not vetted any of the international internship and volunteer opportunity listings on this page and makes no representations or guarantees regarding any of the listed opportunities. It is the responsibility of students and alumni to do their own due diligence when applying for and accepting any of these opportunities.

Quicklinks: Job and Internship Resources | Other ResourcesW&L OpportunitiesStudent Organizations and Departmental Resources | Alumni to Know

Job and Internship Resources

  • CEI - Internships in International Affairs
  • Going Global - Search for jobs and internships in countries around the world. Also gain country-specific information and insider tips.
  • Idealist - Nonprofit jobs around the world
  • iHipo - International job and internship database
  • IOCareers - International internships through the United Nations and other international organizations
  • Oztimum - Variety of internships in Australia and New Zeland
  • Samuel Huntington Public Service Award - Provides a $15,000 stipend for a graduating college senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world. The award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career.
  • The Institute of International Education - Links to scholarships, academic and fellowship opportunities
  • WowJobs - Careers in Canada

Internship Providers

Organizations which will provide unpaid internships, requires payment.

  • AIFS - Summer and semester internships in England, Italy, Spain and Costa Rica
  • API - Summer and semester internships in Argentina, Australia, Chile, China, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, and Spain
  • Aya Center - Internships in Ghana
  • CET - Summer and semester internships in China, Taiwan, Jordan, Vietnam, and the Czech Republic
  • CIEE - Summer global internships in Europe, South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, and Chile
  • Connect 123 - Summer internships in Spain, Argentina, South Africa, Ireland, and China
  • Foundation for Sustainable Development - FSD is a community of development experts, donors, and volunteers who work together to achieve locally-driven goals in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. We employ local assets and work with groups on the ground to develop sustainable and self-reliant models that benefit each community differently.
  • - Internship, volunteer and teaching opportunity clearinghouse
  • IASTE - The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience, with offices in over 80 countries, an IAESTE traineeship can help you gain a competitive edge in today's job market.
  • IASTE: US - For US students interested in an internship abroad in a STEM field
  • IES - Summer and Semester Internships in Europe, Australia, Chile, South Africa, and China
  • IFSA Butler - Summer and semester internships in Australia, Chile, China, United Kingdom, India, Israel, New Zealand and Spain
  • International Internships - Internships through the United Nations and other international organizations
  • ISA - Summer internships around the globe
  • School for International Education - internship as part of study abroad experience in less traditional locations
  • - internship, volunteer and teaching opportunity clearinghouse

Other Resources




Teach and Service

  • Alliance Abroad - Search for teaching and volunteer programs inside and outside the U.S. Programs in more than 15 countries. Some language requirements.
  • North American Language and Culture Assistants in Spain
  • Peace Corps
  • Princeton in Africa - Matches talented and passionate college graduates with organizations working across Africa for yearlong service placements. Fellows have helped improve education and public health, source fresh water and alternative energy, increase family incomes, and more. Open to US and International students
  • Princeton in Asia - Provides service-oriented experiences and works to serve the needs of Asia as determined by its host institutions and Asian partners. The program arranges yearlong fellowships and internships with Asian host organizations in the fields of education, health, international development, environmental advocacy, journalism, engineering, technology, law and business. Open to US and International students
  • Princeton in Latin America - Matches partner NGO and multilateral organizations engaged in socially responsible development projects in Latin America and the Caribbean with highly qualified and motivated recent college graduates who are interested in year-long service fellowship opportunities throughout the region. US and Permanent Residents only
  • Teaching Assistant Program in France
  • Teach Abroad | Teach Away
  • Teaching Overseas - US Department of State information and resources
  • World Teach - Partners with governments and other organizations in developing countries to provide volunteer teachers to meet local needs and promote responsible global citizenship.


  • Ashoka Volunteers - Ashoka's mission is to shape a citizen sector that is entrepreneurial, productive and globally integrated, and to develop the profession of social entrepreneurship around the world. Ashoka identifies and invests in leading social entrepreneurs - extraordinary individuals with unprecedented ideas for change in their communities - supporting the individual, idea and institution through all phases of their career.
  • Global Volunteers - Create, nurture and sustain the well-being of the world's children and their families on international volunteer programs.
  • Habitat for Humanity - Habitat's Global Village volunteer opportunities.
  • InterAction - A coalition of over 150 U.S.-based non-profit organizations working to provide emergency and long-term development services and to promote human dignity in 165 countries around the world.
  • International Cultural Youth Exchange - Provides challenging intercultural learning experiences to young people, enhancing their social and personal development through international volunteer programs. ICYE promotes intercultural understanding, equality of opportunity, justice and peace among people in the world.
  • United for Sight - Empowers communities worldwide to improve eye health and eliminate preventable blindness and to develop sustainable solutions to health needs. Volunteer opportunities are available in Ghana, Honduras, and India.
  • UN Volunteers International - UN Volunteers promote peace and development in communities around the globe, while upholding the ideals and aspirations of the United Nations.
  • Volunteers for Peace - Founded in 1982, VFP is a non-profit organization offering over 3000 voluntary service opportunities around the world.

Work Resources

W&L Opportunities

Student Organizations and Departmental Resources

  • Center for International Education
  • Model UN - Model UN aims to empower Washington and Lee students through international education and participation in international relations competitions at the intercollegiate level and to promote awareness of global issues for members of the W&L and greater Rockbridge communities.
  • SAIL - Student Association for International Learning is an organization dedicated to addressing international issues within the Washington and Lee community and sharing with the W&L campus new and different answers to social, cultural and political questions.

Alumni to Know

Virginia Brumby '01

Despite all advice to the contrary, Virginia Brumby '01, insisted on majoring in Romance Languages at W&L. Since graduation, she has lived, worked, and travelled across six different continents, working as everything from a translator for VIPs and Royalty in Asia, to an assistant to a National Geographic aerial photographer in South America; from a Paralegal at the Department of Justice in Washington, to a Travel & Leisure journalist in India, from a language teacher for teenagers in France and Spain, to a Diplomat for the Netherlands and Quebec. She earned her MBA from INSEAD in 2001 and, with French husband Christophe, currently resides between Singapore and Cambodia, running a Lifestyle Membership that she founded in 2010, Survival Chic.

Virginia offers this advice: "To all the current W&L students with a sense of adventure, 3 short pieces of advice: Travel! Learn Languages! Work Abroad! The world is your oyster."

Skye Justice '03

Skye graduated from Washington and Lee in 2003 with a degree in Politics. He is an Officer in the U.S. Foreign Service, having joined the State Department in 2006. Currently, he is the State Department's Coordinator for Refugee Affairs for West and North Africa, based at the the U.S. Embassy in Dakar, Senegal. In that capacity, he oversees humanitarian assistance to refugees and conflict victims provided by the United States, working closely with international partners. His previous assignments include the U.S. Embassies in Port-au-Prince, Haiti (Economic and Commercial Officer), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Political and Economic Officer and Vice Consul), and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (Political and Economic Officer). In Washington, he has worked in the State Department's Office of Central American Affairs and Bureau of Diplomatic Security.

Skye is also a 2006 graduate of the George Washington University Law School. During law school, Skye was a Human Rights Fellow in the office of the prosecutor at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, where he supported the prosecution of accused perpetrators of the 1994 Rwanda genocide. He also clerked for the Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition, where he advised clients seeking asylum in the United States, and at Huddleston Bolen, LLP, a West Virginia-based law firm. Skye speaks French, Haitian Creole, Spanish, Italian, and Swahili.

J.R. Smith '91

J.R. graduated from Washington and Lee in 1991 after majoring in Journalism and East Asian Studies (Japanese). He spent three years in Japan post-graduation before returning to graduate from the University of Richmond School of Law in 1997. After graduation, J.R. clerked for W&L alum David H. Adams in Norfolk, Virginia, a retired federal bankruptcy judge. He then joined Hunton & Williams in Richmond, Virginia, where he remains a partner today. As a H&W lawyer, J.R. has lived and/or worked in over 40 countries throughout the world, including spending three years opening and managing a new office for his law firm in Tokyo from 2011 to 2014. His legal practice involves corporate finance, infrastructure development, restructuring and commercial litigation.

Lena Golze-Desmond '10L

Lena Golze-Desmond graduated from Washington & Lee Law in 2010 (and from Dartmouth College in 2004 with a degree in Government). After graduating from W&L Law, she received an M.Sc. in Environmental Management from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, with a specialty in renewable energy. She then returned to NYC (her hometown) and volunteered at the New York Office of the Attorney General in its Environmental Protection Bureau before joining The Overbrook Foundation as an Environment Program Associate.

In Fall 2014, Lena left to begin her own initiative, "Law for the Environmental Grassroots." She also works part-time as Program Manager for the Human Impacts Institute, a non-profit focused on environmental education and creative climate action, and as a Regulatory Affairs Analyst for the Feller Energy Law Group, a boutique energy law firm. She is on the Environmental Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association, a 2013 member and on the Board of the New York City Environmental Law Leadership Institute (NYCELLI), and a Environmental Leadership Program Eastern 2014 Fellow.

Lena encourages anyone with questions on law, environmental law, New York City, or any combination thereof to reach out with any questions they might have!

Eric Brassil '04

After graduation, Eric fulfilled his Boren Scholar service requirement by serving as the Assistant to the Director of Institutional Research at the National War College. From 2005-2006, Eric enrolled in an intensive one year M.A. program at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, where his studies focused on Post-Communist politics and consociationalism (power-sharing arrangements). Graduating first in his class, he received the CEU Outstanding Academic Achievement Award.

In September 2006, Eric joined the U.S. Department of State (Foreign Service) as an Office Management Specialist (OMS). In his first tour in New Zealand, Eric served as the OMS in the Regional Service Office and, for eight months, as OMS to Ambassador McCormick. In this capacity, Eric led the Ambassador's support team, served as primary liaison between the Ambassador and Mission sections, and coordinated with Public Affairs to plan a wide ranging outreach schedule of 15 domestic trips and five international trips. From 2009-2011, Eric served as the OMS in the Political Section at U.S. Embassy Moscow, where he provided primary logistical support to over 100 high-level delegations, including a visit from President Obama, Vice President Biden and two from then Secretary Clinton. From 2011-2014, Eric served at the OMS Business Practice Advisor and Engagement Coordinator for the State Department Office of eDiplomacy. In 2013, Eric was recognized at one of 25 "Rising Stars" in the federal government by Federal Computing Weekly and in 2014 Eric received OMS of the Year Award by Secretary Kerry for his innovative contributions during his tenure in eDiplomacy.

In July 2015, Eric and his wife, Aniesa Brassil (Bosch) '04, moved to Athens, Greece where Eric now serves as OMS to the Deputy Chief of Mission.