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Studying abroad with IES Abroad helped you develop highly sought-after professional skills—adaptability, communication, self-awareness, confidence—that not only make you more hirable, but also help launch your career.

Market Your Study Abroad Toolkit

You packed your bags, studied abroad, had the experience of a lifetime, and headed home. Now what? What do you do with all of these experiences and newfound skills, tools, and contacts? You tell everyone!

Whether you studied pyschology in Vienna, had a summer internship in London, or did a health studies program in Santiago, the benefits of study abroad and internships abroad are many. That's why it’s a no brainer that you should share your experience, professionally speaking, whether you’re seeking a full-time internship in the big city next door or taking the leap and searching for overseas jobs. But how? Peruse this toolkit for best practices on how to highlight study abroad on your résumé, cover letter, LinkedIn, while networking, and in job or internship interviews. Be sure to also check out tips from recent alumni and our free e-book, "Making the Most of Study Abroad: A Guide for the Career-Minded Student", which we developed with

I'm not sure I could have landed the high-profile jobs I've been lucky to have without studying abroad.

Kayla J. (Wagner College | Dublin Summer Internship)

Your Network Knows No Bounds

IES Abroad alumni live all over the globe and number over 130,000 and growing each year. We host alumni networking nights in cities around the U.S. to help you meet other alumni and reconnect with old friends. Visit our Upcoming Events page to see upcoming networking opportunities.

Find your next job by leveraging our large alumni network on LinkedIn and Facebook!

Alumni Stories: How to Go Back Abroad

IES Abroad Alumni Advice on How to Go Back Abroad: Alexa Penton, a U.S. expat in China

Studying abroad in Beijing impacted Alexa Penton (IES Abroad Beijing | Spring 2014) so much that she returned to China after graduating from the University of Mississippi as a Resident Advisor at the IES Abroad Beijing Center. Currently, she is teaching English at a Chinese-French preschool, while pursuing her passion for writing and the arts. Alexa was also the first-ever IES Abroad Study Abroad Film Festival Winner in 2014 for her film East of Here, and was also an IES Abroad video blogger. Read our interview.

IES Abroad Alumni Advice on How to Go Back Abroad: Entrepreneur Preston Mohr

Preston Mohr (Paris | 2003-04) currently lives in Paris, France and is the Founder of Paris by the Glass. Preston shares his story of how studying and interning through IES Abroad inspired him to live and work in Paris. Preston recently became a French citizen and now holds dual citizenship in the U.S. and France. Read our interview.