Micky Bazydlo, ME, 2000, says his international internship was the best thing that ever happened to him. He had a co-op with an American company, then in a subsequent term co-oped at their subsidiary in Spain. In the process he became proficient in Spanish. He says his international experience distinguished him from other engineering graduates, and his proficiency in Spanish makes him much more valuable to an employer even if he is not going to physically work in a foreign country. Micky adds that the experience was well worth the fifth year it took him to graduate.
The International Term in Industry has two options. The first involves a student working for an international company abroad for a term. In the second option, a student works for an American company and is sent abroad for a significant portion of the term assignment.
Non-Union Internship Opportunities
Union College Career Development Center
The Union College Career Development Center has some information on international internships. Click on http://www.union.edu/offices/career/students/jobs/international/index.php, then sign on to the eRecruiting site. Select Internships and for source select LACN or UCAN. You will select international internships only, otherwise you will have to scroll down through the internships listed to find those for international companies. You can also select the discipline, or disciplines, you want to search in.
Another good link to information on international internships is at http://people.rit.edu/gtfsbi/Symp/international.htm.