Information for Students Studying Abroad
The Center has numerous resources available to Vanderbilt students studying abroad to help them to start or continue exploring and pursuing internships and jobs.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How can I continue to search for a job or internship while I am abroad?
Applying for jobs overseas is not that different from applying for jobs from campus to work in another city.
Identify companies where you want to work; locate alumni, friends, etc., inside the companies and reach out to them; target your resume to the position; apply and follow up. While you are waiting for a response, practice interview questions that are typical for that industry and company and be sure to follow up if you don’t hear anything. Contact the Center and one of our coaches will help you prepare.
Do employers consider interviewing students who are abroad?
The majority of companies do, but there are some exceptions. For ones who don’t, see if you can connect to people you know inside the company through VUconnect, LinkedIn, family, student organizations, faculty, etc.
What do I do if I am invited to interview while I am abroad?
Reach out and let the company know that you are abroad. Ask if they would be able to set up a Skype or phone interview with you instead. If you found the job through DoreWays and you cannot find the contact information for the company, email email@example.com for assistance.
Remember the time difference of your country when contacting them. Also, follow the basic rules of any interview by referring to the Interviewing section of our website.
How can I explore opportunities in the country I am visiting?
Research Vanderbilt alumni on VUconnect to determine if any live in the country where you are studying. If so, reach out to them and let them know you are abroad. Also, identify VU alums and others through LinkedIn, Vanderbilt Alumni Chapters, family, friends and faculty.
To locate alumni living in your country through LinkedIn, go to the Connections tab, select Find Alumni, type Vanderbilt University in the search box, click on the magnifying glass and type in your country in the Where They Live section.
Going Global Country Career Guides are another great resource to explore information about your study abroad country. It includes information on how to live and work in each country including employer guides, jobs/internships, and cultural guides.
Is there someone at the Center I can talk with while I am abroad?
All of our coaches are available by phone, Skype and email throughout the year to answer your questions and help you explore and pursue opportunities.