Finding international job opportunities

photo of a canal in Venice

Above: Venice scene by Jason Voll, Software Engineering (taken while on work term in Austria)

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To begin, review the qualifications to determine if you’re eligible to work abroad.

Travel advisory & Global Affairs Canada

Before you take any steps towards arranging a job in a foreign country, no matter what your citizenship, you must be aware of the overall level of security risk of that country issued by Global Affairs Canada. You must review this information first.

International job search

Start your international job search process by either applying to jobs through WaterlooWorks, or by arranging your own job.

Most international jobs posted in WaterlooWorks are for:

  • jobs in the USA but some are for outside of North America, in locations such as, Netherlands, Hong Kong, Dubai, etc.

To arrange your own job, you can:

  • return to a previous employer with global offices
  • connect with family and friends overseas, and leverage your own network of contacts
  • visit the Centre for Career Action for an appointment on "Work Search - Outside Canada"
  • other resources

You will need to have your international employment approved by your student advisor, (or by a career advisor if this is your first work term) before beginning the process for a work permit.

Financial support

Because international co-op positions typically will not cover your travel expenses or allow you to save for the coming academic term, consider the awards through Student Awards and Financial Aid. SAFA has a database you can review to see what awards might apply to you. Please contact SAFA directly with any questions.

Brock University has a list of external funding opportunities that might be applicable to you. The site also lists the AUCC-prepared list of funding sources for international collaboration. CECA and SAFA staff cannot answer any questions related to these opportunities. Please do your own research, and apply for those that might be applicable to you.

Global Programs and international employment opportunities

The opportunities below are not advertised on WaterlooWorks. It is expected that you will do your own research about timelines, acceptance of the job towards co-op credit and application process.

Co-op students who are participating in WaterlooWorks MUST honor all WaterlooWorks match results. Please bear in mind that if you are in the ‘Match’ process, you will be held to the match process over your ‘arranged own job’. Please review procedures for job searches in WaterlooWorks and arranging your own job thoroughly.

Co-op students are responsible for determining if these opportunities are eligible for co-op credit. Review ‘The six requirements of an arranged-own job’ on the page. These international employment opportunities may not be suitable for official co-op credit. Your student advisor (or a career advisor, if you have not yet had a work term) must approve your international co-op job.

Students are responsible for directly applying for these opportunities according to the posted deadline. If you get the job, please follow the arranged own job procedure and submit a job information form with the details. The job as your co-op employment will be confirmed only after the job has been approved and verified.

CECA will not grant co-op credit retroactively for any of these opportunities.

  1. Aga Khan University
  2. AIESEC: UW’s local chapter can facilitate some work opportunities. This is a member-only programme.
  3. Borch Leeman (consider only paid internships (Australia))
  4. CANEU Co-op
  5. Center for International Educational Exchange (Shanghai BSK Academy & Shanghai Branch of China)
  6. Chinese University of Hong Kong – CUHK Summer Internships
  7. Copenhagen Career Portal; specificall for Engineering
  8. DAAD: German Academic Exchange Service: DAAD has partnered with UAS7 to set up a program offering Canadian undergraduates the opportunity to complete a study and/or internship term at one of the UAS7 partner universities. Details on this program are found at: https://www.daad.org/sip and http://www.uas7.org/index.php
  9. Engineers Without Borders (EWB)
  10. EPIK
  11. European Undergraduate Research Opportunities
  12. Hong Kong has several opportunities in the materials (NAMI) and the electronics (ASTRI) industries. These are hybrid government and academia entities
  13. Internship Program in Argentina
  14. Juno Beach Centre
  15. Mannheim University (Fall or Winter only)
  16. Nanyang Technological University
  17. National Institute of Material Science (NIMS) internships (Japan)
  18. Nexos Voluntarios (NeVo)
  19. Summer Internship in Germany
  20. The Carter Center Internship Program
  21. The Government of Canada: High Commission of Canada Internship (Australia)
  22. Waterloo International
  23. UAS7 German Universities of Applied Sciences Alliance of Excellence; Opportunities for co-op research opportunities in Berlin, Bremen, Cologne, Hamburg, Munich, Münster, and Osnabrück exist in the fields of engineering, computer science, business, management and economics, social sciences and Life sciences, architecture, art and design
  24. United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC): Translation services internships available. Need to negotiate 4 to 8 months for compliance with co-op guidelines. Those applying for 8 month interns need to apply directly to the United Nations page. (Application Form).
  25. UROP International (with RWTH, Aachen, Germany): While the flyer says 10-week opportunities, the university has negotiated longer-term opportunities. Only opportunities with a length that is acceptable for co-op requirements can be undertaken if they are to be counted towards co-op. Please contact urop@rwth-aachen.de if interested. Once your internship opportunity has been confirmed, please process all paperwork through Waterloo International (studyabroad@uwaterloo.ca)