To create a self-directed work term, identify an employer that you would like to work for and develop your own Cooperative Education learning opportunity. Your Co-op Program will assist in this process. If the position meets the necessary Co-op Work-term requirements, you may be eligible to receive a $100 SFU Bookstore gift certificate.
For all students going on an International Co-op work-term, and requiring further financial assistance, please refer to the financial assistance section for funding sources.
If you have questions along the way, be sure to check in with your home faculty co-op coordinator or the International Co-op Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org). See below for more international job resources.
International Job Resources
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Companies with International Internships
Country Links: Is there a specific country you are interested in? We have compiled links to country-specific information about programs and companies that hire students.
Linkup.com: Enter job criteria and save searches to get customized postings sent straight to your inbox!
Go Abroad: This website offers information and links about internships and jobs abroad.
gradireland.com: This website is a great source of internships and employers in Ireland.
idealist.org: This web site provides postings for thousands of international internships. Search away to find a position suited for you.
ihipo.com: Job Search site dedicated specificallly to international careers.
Internship Finder: This website enables you to search for internships across the United States.
Internships.com: This online resource has a great search function for researching internship opportunities in the United States.
Internships.eu: This web site provides postings for internships in the European Union. Check back regularly for updated postings around Europe.
Press Display: An SFU Library Database which offers links to various international news media. Career opportunities and country information can be found through a number of these media sources.
Verge Magazine: Articles and resources to help you land the overseas job and planning your time once you arrive.
www.givemeastudent.com: This web site posts student positions worldwide.
The idea of living and travelling abroad can seem daunting and out of reach at times, especially for students already living on a budget in their home country. Luckily, there are an abundance of online resources to help alleviate some of this stress, as well as provide inspiration and tips for making the most of your time abroad. Below, you will find some great student-oriented links to information about living, travelling, working, and having fun abroad.
Cost of Living Comparison: Expatisan is a great source for comparing cost of living in any two cities. Check it out!
Verge Magazine: Verge Magazine, North America's magazine for exploring international study, work, and volunteer opportunities, offers numerous online articles and resources. The magazine also hosts an annual photo contest, which is worth checking out. Some articles of interest include: planning a gap year, searching for international internships, and volunteering abroad.
Students in Europe: This blog is by students, for students, and provides daily inspiration and tips. Some posts are as short as a stunning photo and cutline, while others incorporate the best spots to dine in a respective city. For those of you living, studying, or working in Europe, this blog is something you should definitely check out.
Lonely Planet Blogs: The ever-popular publisher of travel guide books, Lonely Planet, offers inspiring blogs for daily doses of online international inspiration.
The Frugal Traveler: Self-explanatory, this blog is all about travel on the cheap and is worth a read for the student traveller.
Gadling: Gadling offers quirky tips and ideas for travel in the unexpected. From a daily photo posting, to hotel reviews and international travel news, Gadling is updated frequently and a source of daily travel entertainment.
Spotted by Locals: Focussing on European capitals, this site offers tips for experiencing cities in a less-touristy fashion. Visit this site to learn how to live like the locals and maximize your intercultural experience abroad.
Ultimate Packing List: Not sure what to pack for your international adventure? Check out this source for all things packing and get some great tips on how to pack light and right.
Mix and Match Your International Adventure
Did you know that you can combine an international exchange with an international work term? This is a great way to extend your stay abroad and to use your new international connections in your host country. While you are abroad on exchange, you can start to look for internships and accommodation following your academic semester. You can then work with SFU Co-op to turn this internship into a self-directed placement and make it count towards your Co-op program! For information on how to apply for an international exchange, visit SFU International.