Learn how to incorporate your international experiences into your resume and interviews.

Resume Tips

Options for formatting your experiences abroad:

Study Abroad (Listed under Education section of resume)

The Pennsylvania State University - University Park, PA May 2012

B.S. Agricultural Sciences

University of Florence - Florence, Italy Fall 2011

Completed courses in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Studies

International Service Learning Experience (Education or Experience)

International Service Learning Program - Masaya, Nicaragua Fall 2010

* If placed under Experience section, then list 1-3 bullet points of relevant knowledge, skills, and abilities used/developed

Internship Abroad (Experience)

International Fund for Agricultural Development - Nairobi, Kenya Summer 2010

Livestock Intern

List 1-3 bullet points of relevant knowledge, skills, and abilities used/developed

Interview Tips

Employers are looking for students that have experience abroad to demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and abilities to work in a global environment. Here are some main points to stress:

  • Foreign language proficiency
  • Adaptability - open mindedness; cultural understanding; tolerance; travel skills; crisis management; problem-solving ability; flexibility/adaptability
  • Independence - increased confidence; initiative; living on one's own; self-budgeting; worth ethic/drive
  • Interpersonal skills - patience; observation skills; attention to local customs, norms, and etiquette; social, political, cultural, and religious sensitivity/awareness; leadership skills; ability to work in a diverse team
  • Time management - balancing work, studies, entertainment, and exploration; if applicable (highlight items such as course load, GPA, hours worked while abroad)

Using the STAR method

When describing your experiences or responding to questions in an interview or even a cover letter, try highlighting your knowledge, skills, and abilities in the context of a challenge.

  • (S)ituation - describe what you faced
  • (T)ask - describe what you wanted to achieve
  • (A)ction - describe what you did
  • (R)esults - describe what happened; how did things turn out? what did you learn? what might you change or do differently in the future?

International Programs

Address

106 Agricultural Administration Building
University Park, PA 16802

International Programs

Address

106 Agricultural Administration Building
University Park, PA 16802