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Work Abroad Program

Program Benefits | How We Prepare Students | Selected Corporate Partners | Contact Us

RIT recognizes the importance of preparing students for successful careers in a global society.

Through the Work Abroad Program we aim to expand our employer partnerships to offer more international co-op, internship and other related work experiences, and welcome you to partner with us in providing these opportunities for highly motivated and qualified students to gain significant experience in living and working outside the United States.

Our goal is to ensure that at least 10% of our more than 3,500 co-op students work abroad annually, enabling them to become effective leaders in the global marketplace through firsthand exposure to other cultures and work environments.

Contact Us:

Maria Richart
Assistant Director, International Outreach
Louise Carrese
Senior Associate Director, Employer Relations

Program Benefits

In addition to the several benefits typically enjoyed from hiring our co-op students, there are many unique advantages associated with employing our co-op students for work assignments abroad. Students working abroad:

• Typically have already completed at least one co-op, so they are mature and prepared to be effective members of your workforce
• Are passionate about being successful in a global economy, and are committed to applying best practices in your workplace
• Bring knowledge of cutting-edge technologies and can provide training to your employees on those technologies
• Can apply their English language skills to projects, in addition to their technical know-how and creativity
• Are a source of qualified candidates, who will have expertise in their field as well as global experience, to fill your future full-time positions

How We Prepare Our Students

Before our students take part in a work abroad experience, we ensure they are ready to effectively apply their skills to your workplace by:

• Requiring at least 2 years of language training for the country in which they will be working
• Providing cultural adjustment training and tips for living and working abroad
• Offering training on health and safety practices when living and working overseas
• Assisting with work permit and visa paperwork as needed

Partnering with RIT

Joining RIT’s Work Abroad Program is easy!  Simply take the following steps:

Develop a job description aligned with your company’s interests and needs, and contact us at 585.475.5479 or mjroce@rit.edu for assistance with posting your position.  This position can be for a 3-6 month timeframe, and should be beneficial for both the student and your organization.

Provide compensation that minimally covers the cost of living in the country.  Our students are responsible for their travel to your location overseas; however, we appreciate any assistance you can provide in locating housing close to your company’s site. 

Provide appropriate training and mentoring to the student.

Complete an online evaluation of the student’s work performance.

If you have not worked with our office before, please call us at 585.475.5479, and you will be connected with Maria Richart, Assistant Director for International Outreach, who can answer any questions you may have about RIT’s Work Abroad Program and assist you with listing your position.

Selected Corporate Partners


The following companies have joined RIT’s Work Abroad Program to provide students co-op and internship positions abroad:

A Door to Italy, Italy

Fundacion Francisco de Vitoria, Spain

Advanced Surgical Design and Manufacture, Australia

Interuniversity Microelectronics Center (IMEC), Belgium

Andorran Ltd, United Kingdom

Jolly Hotel Plaza, Italy

Banyu Pharmaceutical Co., Japan

JW Marriott, Dubai

BMW, Germany

Microarea, Italy

Champs Sports Bar, United Kingdom

Microsemi Corporation, Ireland

Contact GmbH, Germany

Microsoft Development Center, Denmark

Cunard Cruise Lines, United Kingdom

Nuova-Fotografia, Italy

Deutsche Bank, United Kingdom

Schott AG, Germany

Flextronics, Hungry and Malaysia

University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, Whales

FOGRA, Germany

Wearresist Technologies Private Ltd, China


Contact Us

Maria Richart
Assistant Director, International Outreach

Louise Carrese
Senior Associate Director, Employer Relations