International Cooperation Education (ICE): Internships & Work Abroad

The ICE Program matches students with summer internships or other jobs overseas. You can work for as little as 8 weeks or up to one year.

Since 1971, ICE has placed more than 16,000 students in work/internship positions throughout Europe, Asia, and South America. ICE students have worked at automotive plants in Germany, schools in China, supermarkets in Japan, and in Aboriginal communities in Australia.

ICE currently has openings in: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bhutan, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, England, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Laos, Mexico, Mongolia, Peru, Poland, Singapore, Switzerland, Tanzania, and the United Kingdom.

ICE offers a wide variety of jobs, including: teaching English as a second language, engineering, office work, summer camp counselor, manual labor, hospitality (hotel), retail, child care, biotech, business, banking, computer programming, sales, marketing, organic farming, social work, accounting, news, food science, and more. Some of these positions include room, board, and a salary, some provide only room and board, and others are volunteer positions.

Some locations require knowledge of the local language, while others do not. The program will assist you to obtain work permits and visas if they are required. You do not need to be a US citizen to participate, but you do need to have a valid passport.


  • All nationalities are welcome to apply
  • The age of the applicants should be between 18-30 years at the time of departure (exceptions may apply)
  • Applicants should be full-time student (Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate) at accredited U.S. college or university (exceptions may apply)
  • For jobs requiring a foreign language, applicants must have completed, with a B or higher, at least one year of college-level instruction in the host country language prior to departure, or comparable in the host country language prior to departure, or comparable experience with the language
  •  Applicants must be available to work during the summer months. Some positions require a 10 – 12 months time commitment.
  • The student, upon being awarded placement in the ICE Program, must submit a 5-page paper of intent; learn job related vocabulary; become acquainted with current events in the U.S. and host country, write a letter of introduction to the employer as well as a 10-page pre-departure paper on the host-country; and summarize the actual experience in a 15-page final report.


The application form can be downloaded from the ICE website.


Applications are accepted throughout the year.


Dr. Günther Seefeldt
International Cooperative Education
15 Spiros Way
Menlo Park, California 94025
P. (650) 323-4944
F. (650) 323-1104