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CEA Internships Abroad
Career Readiness Journey

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You will engage in a 3-stage journey to become a global, career ready graduate:


your career interests and goals while identifying your global internship placement


the expertise you need to get a job. Participate in an international internship complemented by a career readiness course designed to strengthen your skills in the areas employers value most


the value you bring to your future employer. Leverage your personalized career readiness assessment with data and feedback you can use to optimize your career search



The Discovery phase may actually be the most important part of your career readiness journey. During this phase, you will explore your career interests, which will amplify the alignment between your career goals and a meaningful and rewarding internship placement abroad

During this phase you will:

  • Engage in 4-6 hours of career exploration with a certified career coach. You’ll explore things like:
    • The nuances of your career field so that you can discover all the possible job opportunities within the field
    • Your strengths as they relate to the skills required to thrive in your chosen field, and areas worth refining so that you are an even stronger job candidate
    • Your internship objectives – what do you really want to make sure you experience not just professionally, but academically and personally as well?
  • Be an active part of identifying an internship placement. As part of this process you will:
    • Interview and engage with our in-country internship teams so they can understand your career goals and share their ideas for ideal internship placements in their cities
    • Research and understand your potential host company
    • Strengthen your résumé and practice some interview techniques so you can put your best foot forward
    • Interview with your host company and secure your placement!
  • Meet your internship team

Pick your program, complete a CEA online application and submit your application fee. This takes about 10 mins.

Submit Supporting Materials

We want to get to know you and your personal and professional goals so we’re sure to set you up for success. After you’ve submitted your online application, you’ll be asked to submit a few additional materials for your full application to be considered complete by the closure date.

  • Internship Assessment Form: This is an online form that will ask you about your professional and personal goals, your past experience and any additional details you want to be sure we know about you. It takes about 15 mins to complete.
  • Résumé: A résumé is the foundation for any internship or job search. We want to learn more about your past experiences that can tell us how you can contribute to your host organization. We’ll work with you to refine your résumé as we identify the right placement opportunities for you so you can put your best foot forward.
  • University Documents: We’ll need copies of your transcripts and possibly an advisor approval form depending on your university.
Acceptance Interview

Once you’ve submitted your materials, we’ll contact you to set up an interview. This is your chance to say, “challenge accepted!” Review this internship tips document so you know what to expect and how to prepare to make a great first impression.

Certified Career Coaching

CEA’s internship team are all NACE certified internship coaches. We are eager to work with you on exploring and identifying your personal career development pathway! Over the course of the next several weeks, you will benefit from 4+ hours of professional career coaching and workshops. By the end of this process, you will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast the nuances of your chosen career field so you better understand opportunities available to you upon graduation
  • Identify and articulate three learning outcomes for your global internship experience

You will be introduced to the 8 career readiness competencies employers are seeking most in new hires and start to explore how you can leverage them for long term success in your career journey.

Our internship coaching team is ready to guide you through a process that is designed to:

  • Clarify and define your career pathway
  • Secure an international internship that will encourage you to take advantage of the skills you have while strengthening the skills you’ll need to be competitive in a global job market upon graduation
  • Differentiate yourself by identifying and aligning your competencies to those employers are seeking most in job candidates
Placement Process

During the career coaching process, you will also be introduced to your in-country internship coordinator who will work closely with you on identifying and securing an internship placement that aligns with the career interests you’ve clarified with your internship coach. This will include additional interviews with your placement coordinator and your host site supervisor. This is another opportunity for you to demonstrate your value and professional commitment; we’ll provide you with some tools so you can make a great impression.

Timeline: The placement process can be as short as 5 weeks and as long as several months depending on the uniqueness of your internship interest and your engagement in the process. Here is an outline of what you can expect.

Money Back Placement Guarantee: We take the trust you are placing in us seriously and we realize the process can feel ambiguous at times. We want to assure you that your professional and personal well-being is vital to us. To that end, we have a money back placement guarantee for all expenses apart from the initial application fee if we are unable to place you. Explore the details of our money back guarantee here.

“I found the NACE coaching sessions to be great supplements to the work that I was doing in my internship as well as the internship course. My internship coach did a great job in leading these sessions and establishing a sense of community within them, even though we were on Zoom.”



Onward! You’ve secured your placement and are launching your new global professional adventure. Welcome to the most exciting part of your career readiness transformation. During this phase, you get to try on your new career while experimenting with all the facets of what it means to be career ready.

Over the course of the next several weeks or months you will:

  • Be an active and engaged part of a small team. This is your chance to observe and learn from your colleagues while making your own meaningful contribution to your host company.
  • Work anywhere between 10-20 hours per week (semester programs) or 15-35 hours per week (summer programs) for your host organization.
  • Participate in a 3-6 credit online hybrid internship course that invites you to explore, define, and practice the 8 most important career competencies employers are seeking in new hires.
  • Engage in additional cultural and social activities our in-country teams have designed for you.
  • Take some additional courses (optional) so you can keep on track for graduation.

With an internship placement in hand, your personal and professional goals for your experience clarified and a keen motivation to get started, it’s time to do just that!

Orientation At the launch of your program, you’ll attend two internship specific orientations:

Program Orientation: This orientation will focus uniquely on how to make the most of your internship experience. If you are attending in-country, it could include a practice commute to your host site and spending time getting to know your fellow interns. Virtually, we will share some tips and tricks to how to work remotely and manage those time differences with ease.

Academic Orientation: Your online hybrid internship course will open the week before your internship starts. We’ll do an online orientation with you to familiarize you with the course, its content and the assignments so you know how best to manage your time.

This is an exciting time! And it can also feel awkward as you get to know your new supervisor and co-workers. You’ll establish your work plan, clarify expectations and if you’re in-country, get to know your new commute and workplace. Our in-country team will be there to support you as you navigate these first few days. We’re excited to be a part of your journey!

Our 3-6 variable credit flipped learning online course is a time for you to process your internship experience both independently and with your peers so you can make the most out of your program. During the course, you will:

  • Explore the 8 NACE Competencies through 8 modules designed for each competency. You will learn to develop a common language through which to explore your internship in the moment and later convey the outcomes of your experiences to employers.
  • Elevate your thinking about your weekly internship experiences to a higher level through homework and individual projects assigned in each module.
  • Process the ideas that evolve from the content and projects weekly in a live group discussion focused on the cultural or career development dimensions of your experience.

Learning content is delivered through multiple mediums including readings and reflections between your peers through video, audio, or text. The design encourages you to absorb new information on your own terms and then engage in more meaningful discussions during the live components. The outcome is a robust program that takes your internship to the next level.

You may be stepping into your internship independently, but you are never alone. Our locally-based Internship Team and Internship Coaches are always available for mentorship and support. They will be curious about your experience and want to hear about your successes and challenges. They will be checking in with both you and your host site supervisor regularly over the course of your internship to be sure you’re tracking to your goals and your host site is tracking toward theirs through your contributions as well.

If you’re completing a study + internship program, you’ll be taking classes alongside your internship experience. You’ll be balancing work, school and commuting between your classes, apartment and internship. There’s no better way to have an authentic experience abroad than to live and work like the locals!

View a sample Week in the Life.

“Although the NACE competencies seemed simple enough to understand, taking the time to thoroughly learn and understand the details of each one was greatly interesting. This coupled with the cultural discussions has widened my perspective on cross cultural business practices.”



Congratulations! You’ve just accomplished something less than 1% of university undergraduates can say they’ve done too. You’ve completed an international internship. Now it’s time to make the most of what you’ve cultivated and convert it into the start of a fulfilling career. The “Demonstrate” phase of your CEA Internship Abroad has been designed to:

  • Provide you with an independent assessment of each of your career readiness skills so that you can demonstrate your value to your future employer.
  • Equip you with the information you need to continue your career search process with your career center at your home campus.
  • Launch your transition from student to professional.

At the end of your internship you will be asked to gather feedback from your supervisors and co-workers about your internship experience. You’ll also be asked to evaluate yourself. This data will be combined with data from 12,300+ student interns and 87,000+ job candidates to provide you with a personalized career readiness report. It will provide you with insights into how your career skills align to those of your peers and your job competition. You’ll get feedback about your strengths so that you know what to highlight to your employers. And you’ll learn more about what skills to strengthen so you get the job you want.

As an alumni of CEA internship programs, you’ll always have access to resources and ongoing professional development opportunities. Join our LinkedIn group to network with other CEA alum. Participate in professional development workshops. Share your experiences and words of wisdom with future interns or study abroad students so they can also make the most of their programs abroad. Learn more about our alumni programming here.

“I cannot thank the CEA Staff enough for their commendable work...I know I have tremendously grown in a personal aspect through this experience and I could not have done it without you all and all the effort you put in to making this program happen. This program in general has turned out to be so much better than I anticipated and beyond words can describe, I cannot thank you all enough for the time and effort you put into helping students succeed. Though my career interests and pathway have shifted, I am glad to have had the exposure that I did, as I feel that I am a much more improved and an enriched individual.”