Global Guide

Welcome to the Global Guide, a site to begin the search for scholarships for research and study abroad, volunteer and internship opportunities, and employment in Pittsburgh, the U.S. or abroad. You can also find reference material on global topics at many of the sites listed. We’ve noted where Global Studies Alumni are working and our office will provide alumni contact information when requested. Let us know if you were successful in your search by sending an email to Alumni, please provide feedback by completing alumni update. Please note the Global Studies office cannot attest to the quality of any of the following links, nor do we endorse the mission of all organizations listed.

The Offices of Student Employment and Placement Assistance has provided us with a presentation on internationally focused job searching which can be accessed here.

The Global Studies office has a copy of: Careers in International Affairs, 8th Edition (2008), Georgetown University Press, Washington DC Alternatives to the Peace Corps: A Guide to Global Volunteering, 12th Edition, (2008), Institute for Food and Development Policy, Food First Books, Oakland CA The books can be loaned out for 3 hours at a time. Students will have to leave their student ID as a deposit.

Organization Description Full Entry
2016 Various Internships

2016 Internship Opportunities in the environment, hospitality, education, business development, IT, and social work and business development. 

Aang Serian

Aang Serian is an NGO based in Tanzania whose principal mission is to develop cross-cultural curricula for rural schools. Aang Serian emphasizes elements of indigenous culture that enhance self respect to adapt traditional skills to empower people and help them eliminate poverty.

ACCION International

ACCION International is a private, nonprofit organization with the mission of giving people the financial tools they need to work their way out of poverty. By providing “micro” loans, business training and other financial services to poor men and women who start their own businesses, ACCION helps people work their way up the economic ladder, with dignity and pride.

Action Aid

ActionAid’s mission is to work with poor and marginalized people to eradicate poverty by overcoming the injustice and inequality that cause it.

Action Without Borders/

Idealist is a project of Action Without Borders, a nonprofit organization founded in 1995 with offices in the United States and Argentina. Idealist is an interactive site where people and organizations can exchange resources and ideas, locate opportunities and supporters, and take steps toward building a world where all people can lead free and dignified lives.


ACDI/VOCA promotes economic opportunities for cooperatives, businesses, and communities through the innovative application of sound business practices. Typical volunteers are mid to late-career professionals with significant experience who provide expertise to host organizations in economically developing countries.

Adventures in Health, Education, and Agricultural Development (AHEAD)

AHEAD was founded in 1981, to provide hands-on, people-to-people assistance and partnerships with rural catastrophically distressed communities to combat malnutrition, disease, extreme poverty, technological deprivation and other conditions that have an adverse impact on the health and welfare of people. AHEAD combats malnutrition, disease and poverty through people-to-people exchanges and support of grassroots initiatives.


Aflatoun’s programme contains both social and financial themes. Children learn about themselves, child rights, saving, basic financial concepts, and enterprise. Aflatoun puts children at the centre of their learning process and engages them with the world around them. By doing so, Aflatoun believes that the social and financial lessons that they receive will stay with them forever.

Africa Development Corps


African Impact

African Impact facilitates a wide variety of volunteer projects with the goal of assisting conservation initiatives and local communities, while providing a life-changing experience for international volunteers. AI works hard to build strong relationships with local authorities. Projects range throughout southern and eastern Africa.

African Studies Program

The African Studies Program strives to be a leading program for the interdisciplinary study of Africa at the University of Pittsburgh and surrounding areas. program promotes greater understanding and appreciation of the African continent through research, teaching, and outreach activities to schools and to surrounding greater Pittsburgh communities.

Agencia Latinoamerica de Informacion (ALAI)

ALAI is a communications organization committed to human rights, gender equality, and people's participation in the development of Latin America. ALAI works for the democratization of communication. To that end, it has developed a model of alternative communication that aims toward the formation of a new fabric of communication that is democratic, widespread, decentralized and multicultural. ALAI accepts a few volunteers in its Quito office each year.

Agricultural Cooperative Development International

ACDI/VOCA is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes broad-based economic growth and the development of civil society in emerging democracies and developing countries. Offering a comprehensive range of technical assistance services, ACDI/VOCA addresses the most pressing and intractable development problems.


We educate, empower and mobilize our generation to take informed action around our individual and collective roles as global citizens.

We debate our roles and individuals, and as a country, in addressing the great challenges facing us today, including poverty, extremism and climate change.

We focus on harnessing the power of your voice and your vote, but we also explore other pathways to change including service and social entrepreneurship.

Our approach has three pillars:

AIDS Service Center

AIDS Service Center NYC (ASC) is a multiservice community organization that carries out its mission of “helping many, one by one” by building community, connection and stability for New Yorkers living with and at risk for HIV/AIDS.


The International Association of Students in Economics and Business Management (AIESEC) is one of the world's largest student organizations and its members strive to have apositive impact on society. Focuses on building personal network, runs more than 250 conferences, provides 4000 work abroad opportunities and offers 5000 leadership positions to its members per year. Two to eighteen month internship programs available in management, technical, education, and development.

AJAPO Accultration for Justice, Peace and Peace Outreach

AJAPO is a Refugee Resettlement Non-Profit Agency affiliated

Alfa Fellowship Program

The Alfa Fellowship Program is a high-level professional development exchange
program placing qualified young professionals in work assignments at leading
organizations in Russia in the fields of business, economics, journalism, law, and
public policy.

Amazon-Africa Aid Organization (3AO)

3AO is a US nonprofit that partners with the Brazilian NGO Fundacao Esperanca to support the work of Bill Chase Dental Clinic in the Brazilian Amazon. Located within the small city of Santarem, the clinic provides necessary dental and other health care services to an impoverished mixed race community undergoing rapid social change. For over 30 years Fundacao Esperanca has been providing healthcare and education to the people of the Amazon. In an average year, the clinic's dental team performs over 26,000 procedures.

America's Unofficial Ambassador

America’s Unofficial Ambassadors (AUA) is a citizen diplomacy initiative dedicated to increasing the number of Americans who volunteer in the Muslim World. From archaeologists to engineers, Unofficial Ambassadors volunteer with grassroots organizations in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East to meet some of the Muslim World’s most urgent development needs in areas such as education, youth services, and civil society.

American Association for Palestinian Equal Rights

The American Association for Palestinian Equal Rights (AAPER) is the voice of Americans for Palestine. AAPER Public Education a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to educate Americans about Palestine and U.S. policy toward the Middle East. AAPER Government Relations is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit lobbying organization whose mission is to shape an equitable U.S. policy toward Palestine that reflects the interests and ideals of the United States.

American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research

The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research is a private, nonpartisaninstitution dedicated to research and education on issues of government, politics, economics, and social welfare. Founded in 1943, AEI is home to some of America's most accomplished public policy experts--from economics, law, political science, defense and foreign policy studies, ethics, theology, health care, and other fields.

American Field Service International

AFS (formerly the American Field Service) is a leader in intercultural learning and offers international exchange programs in more than 40 countries around the world through independent, nonprofit AFS Organizations, each with a network of volunteers, a professionally staffed office, and headed up by a volunteer board.

American Friends Service Committee

The American Friends Service Committee is a practical expression of the faith of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). It is committed to the principles of nonviolence and justice and it seeks in its work and witness to draw on the transforming power of love and the divine.

American Jewish World Service

American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is an international development organization dedicated to alleviating poverty, hunger, and disease among people of the global south regardless of race, religion or nationality. Through grants to grassroots organizations, volunteer service, advocacy, and education, AJWS fosters civil society, sustainable development and human rights for all people, while promoting the values and responsibilities of global citizenship within the Jewish community.

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