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CEA Internships Abroad
Journey to Career Readiness

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

Discover
Discover

your career interests and goals while identifying your global internship placement.

Develop
Develop

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.

Demonstrate
Demonstrate

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.

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Discover

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 our signature Career Coaching program. You'll work with your CEA Internship Coach to 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 goals – what do you really want to make sure you experience, not just professionally, but academically and cross-culturally as well?
  • Play an active role in identifying an internship placement. As part of this process, you will:
    • Interview and engage with your CEA International Internship Coordinator, based in your chosen location, so they can understand your career goals and share their ideas for ideal internship placements in their cities.
    • Research and understand your potential host organization.
    • Strengthen your résumé and practice some interview techniques so you can demonstrate your strengths to your potential host organization.
    • Interview with your host organization and secure your placement!
Apply

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

Submit Supporting Materials

We want to get to know you and your personal and professional aspirations so we’re sure to set you up for success. After you’ve submitted your online application, you’ll be asked to submit three additional materials for your full application to be considered complete by the closure date. Submitting these materials is a high priority for securing your internship placement.

  • Career Development 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 minutes 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 stand out and make a strong first impression. If you aren’t sure where to start with creating a résumé, feel free to refer to our Sample Résumé 1 and Sample Résumé 2 for guidance.
  • Transcript: We’ll need copies of your transcript(s), which might be official or unofficial based on your home institution’s and your CEA program’s requirements.
Acceptance Interview

Once you’ve submitted your materials, we’ll contact you to set up an interview. This interview will determine your acceptance to your chosen CEA Internship Program. 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

All CEA Internship Coaches are NACE certified in best practices for career coaching. Your Internship Coach is eager to work with you on exploring and identifying your personal career development pathway! They will guide you through each step of our internship placement process before your program starts to ensure our ability to identify a placement that aligns with your internship goals. They will also provide you with personalized online career coaching. 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 goals for your international internship experience.
  • Update your résumé so it is tailored to your desired placement in your chosen location.
  • Improve your ability to answer common interview questions so you stand out in the interview process with your host organization.

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 Coaches are ready to guide you through a process that is designed to:

  • Clarify and define your future 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 the most in job candidates nowadays.
Placement Process

During the career coaching process, you will also be introduced to your International Internship Coordinator, based in your chosen location, who will work closely with you on identifying and securing an internship placement that aligns with the career interests and goals you’ve expressed during the acceptance stage. This will include additional interviews with your International Internship Coordinator and your host organization 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.

Placement Guarantee Policy: 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 guarantee if we are unable to secure your internship placement within 14 days of your program start date. Explore the details of our Placement Guarantee Policy 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.”

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Develop

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 out your new future 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 of your program, you will:

  • Be an active and engaged part of a small team at your host organization. This is your chance to observe and learn from your colleagues while making your own meaningful contribution to your host organization.
  • 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 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 for summer programs) so you can stay on track for graduation.

With your internship placement secured; your professional, academic, and cross-cultural goals for your experience clarified; and a keen motivation to start interning, it’s time to do just that!

At the launch of your program, you’ll attend an internship specific orientation, this session will focus on how to make the most of your internship experience, academic expectations, tips on navigating the workplace in your host culture and you will get to meet your fellow interns. It could also include a practice commute to your host site.

This is an exciting time! And it can also feel awkward as you get to know your new host organization supervisor and co-workers. You’ll establish your work plan, clarify expectations, and 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 International Internship course will provide you with the opportunity to process your internship experience both independently and with your CEA 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 experience to a higher level through homework and individual projects assigned in each module.
  • Process the ideas that evolve from weekly course content and projects by engaging in live group discussions 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 live components. The outcome is a robust program that takes your internship to the next level.

You may be conducting your internship independently, but you are never alone. Our locally-based Internship Team and US-based 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 organization supervisor regularly over the course of your internship to be sure you’re working towards your goals and your host organization is tracking toward theirs through your contributions as well.

If you’re completing a study + internship program, you’ll be taking additional classes alongside your internship experience. You’ll be balancing work and school, and will be regularly commuting between your classes, housing, and host site for your placement. There’s no better way to have an authentic experience abroad than to live and work like a local in this way!

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.”

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Demonstrate

Congratulations! You’ve just accomplished something less than 1% of university & college 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 future employers.
  • 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 supervisor(s) and co-worker(s) about your internship experience. You’ll also be asked to evaluate yourself and your own performance. This data will be combined with data from 24,000+ 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 future employers. And you’ll learn more about what skills to strengthen so you get the job you want in the next step of your career journey.

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.”

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