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Return To Intern Program

Internships are valuable for students in many ways—they help you learn technical skills, grow your professional network, and build real-world engineering experience that you can use to enhance your employability after graduation regardless of where you decide to settle. While some students find internships in the United States, others choose to intern in a third country or in their countries of origin.

The Return To Intern Program was designed to help international students find short-term engineering work opportunities in their home countries. There are advantages to interning at home:

  • You are already well-acquainted with the culture and language(s), which makes your adjustment easier.
  • You don't need a special work visa.
  • You are exposed to the work culture in your home country, which is helpful if you decide to return to your home country to work full-time after graduation.

Program Basics

Employers participating in the Return to Intern Program may be representing large multinational corporations with locations abroad, regional companies or corporations, or smaller local companies within particular countries. Regardless of employer type, all participating recruiters offer opportunities for international engineering students to work at home for one or more semesters.

While the employers and job types will vary according to availability at any given time, the basics of Return To Intern are as follows:

  1. Employers will create job postings that includes the country where the position is located, desired major(s) and other eligibility criteria, work timeframe, compensation (if any), and application instructions/location.
  2. Engineering Career Resources & Employer Relations staff will advertise the positions in Nittany Lion Careers, on the LinkedIn Global Engineering Career Connections page, and via email to targeted student populations.
  3. Students will apply directly to positions of interest.
  4. Employers will review résumés and other application materials (if required) and communicate directly with applicants regarding offers, the hiring process, housing, orientation, and other details related to arrival on-site.
  5. Students who have accepted a position will complete the Employment Survey to provide Engineering Career Resources & Employer Relations with information about the work experience.

All Return To Intern work experiences offer substantive engineering work, oversight from one or more designated on-site supervisors, and assessment/evaluation during and/or following the internship experience.

Find Opportunities

Do you want to gain internship experience in your home country?

  • Check your email for notifications from Engineering Career Resources & Employer Relations staff about opportunities for students from your country of origin.
  • Use Nittany Lion Careers to learn more about positions abroad.
  • Connect with international opportunities on the LinkedIn Global Engineering Career Connections page.
  • Apply for positions of interest!

Pay It Forward

If you have had a work experience abroad, whether in your home country or in another country, you can help other students have a future opportunity! Let us know where you worked via the Return To Intern Survey so we can follow up with your contacts and generate new opportunities for future Penn State engineering students!


Engineering Career Resources & Employer Relations

College of Engineering

117 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4710

Phone: 814-863-1032