Breaking into the Field

International Education Resources

Having spent time overseas, you might be interested in working in the field of International Education to help others have a similar experience. Below are organizations in the field with which you should become familiar.

NAFSA is the largest organization in International Education and a great starting point for any job search within the field. NAFSA has a national conference each year as well as regional conferences. There are 12 NAFSA regions across the US. If you know you want to stay within a particular state or region, you can attend a regional conference, which tends to be less expensive than the national conference. Regional conferences are held annually in October and November. They are a great networking opportunity and both the regional and national conferences offer volunteer and mentoring opportunities. NAFSA also has a career page where you can search by area of interest, location, etc.

Forum on Education Abroad
If you know you want to work specifically with Study Abroad, check out the Forum on Education Abroad. It is similar to NAFSA, but focuses exclusively on the work of sending US students overseas. They have an annual conference in March or April as well as a job directory.

The Institute for International Education (IIE)
The IIE is among the world’s largest and most experienced international education and training organizations. They administer the Fulbright program, as well as the Boren and Gilman scholarship programs. For more information on their available positions, visit their careers page.

Inside Study Abroad

The Global Pro Institute is a six week program helps launch and grow a career in international education and meaningful travel and rebuilds your approach to networking, gaining experience, growing your knowledge, and landing a job from the ground up.

Melibee Global’s C4 program

The C4 program offers a robust and strategic program for those who are breaking into the field and/or seeking promotions. The C4 specifically focuses on strategic resumes, cover letter, interviewing, and compensation negotiation for IE.

SECUSSA-L listserv
The listserv is a good way to familiarize yourself with the hot topics in International Education and learn about available positions. Many universities will post a job here and on the NAFSA Career Page either before they post on other sites or will not post anywhere else at all. You can receive a daily digest or get individual emails sent. Sign up here:

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