Global Guide

Welcome to the Global Guide! A database designed to help you search for scholarships, volunteer work, internship opportunities, and employment in Pittsburgh, the U.S. or abroad.

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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
International Organization for Migration (IOM)

IOM is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society. IOM acts with its partners in the international community to advance understanding of migration issues; assist in meeting the growing operational challenges of migration management; encourage social and economic development through migration; and uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants.

International Rescue Committee

IRC is a leader in humanitarian relief bringing sustained support to regions torn apart by violence and deprivation, and providing a fresh start in the U.S. for refugees, and advocating on behalf of the displaced, addressing the root causes of violence and standing up for the world’s most vulnerable populations.

International Studies Abroad

ISA offers study abroad opportunities with a number of programs across Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, and the Pacific.

International Telecommunications Union (ITU)

ITU’s enables the growth and sustained development of telecommunications and information networks, and to facilitate universal access so that people everywhere can participate in, and benefit from, the emerging information society and global economy.

International Trade Center (ITC)

ITC is the joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations. As the development partner for small business export success, ITC helps developing and transition countries achieve sustainable human development through exports."

International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS)

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) is an independent judicial body established by the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. It has jurisdiction over any dispute concerning the interpretation or application of the Convention, and over all matters specifically provided for in any other agreement which confers jurisdiction on the Tribunal

International Volunteer HQ

Volunteer abroad with International Volunteer HQ, the world's leading volunteer travel organization with over 10 years experience in providing impactful and affordable volunteer abroad programs. Choose from a wide range of volunteer projects available year-round in over 35 destinations.


Interplast is a nonprofit organization that partners with physicians and provides free reconstructive surgeries for the poor and builds year-round medical access in underserved areas. It restores the dreams of those with deformities and injuries, and impacts the world by renewing the health of thousands of children and adults each year so they can go to school, provide for their families and contribute to society. The organization works in more that 25 sites in over 12 countries throughout the world and has provided almost 57,000 surgeries since 1969.

ISN International Relations and Security Network

The International Relations and Security Network (ISN) is the world’s leading open access information service for international relations and security professionals. ISN Interational Relations and Security Network mission is to promote greater knowledge sharing, learning and collaboration.

IVU Med - International Volunteers in Urology

Founded in 1995, work in 15 African countries and 30 countries around the world.

Volunteers travel to countries with new surgical equipment, set up pediatric urology workshops and teach local docter about proceedures, and treat patients.

Data collection and pre/post operative care.


IVUMED - International Volunteers in Urology

We train healthcare providers in surgical process and specific urological procedures. We use a workshop approach that builds over five years. Volunteer experts teach procedures as they treat patients. As the local surgeons gain experience, they serve patients, and they teach their peers. IVUmed volunteers return to teach more advanced procedures. The cycle continues until each country has the ability to care for complex cases. IVUMed works in over 30 countries around the world.

J Street

J Street was founded to change the dynamics of American politics and policy on Israel and the Middle East. The promote the security and future of Israel as the democratic home of the Jewish people depend on rapidly achieving a two-state solution and regional comprehensive peace.  Their mission is to promote meaningful American leadership to achieve peace and security in the Middle East and to broaden the debate on these issues nationally and in the Jewish community.

Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC)

Each year JVC offers about 500 men and women the opportunity to work full time for justice and peace by serving the poor directly and working for structural change. The challenge to volunteers is to integrate Christian faith by working and living among the poor, living modestly in a cooperative household with other volunteers, examining the causes of social injustice. Applicants must have a Christian motivation, be 21 years or older, have a college degree or applicable work experience and be without dependents.


The JET Program is a competitive employment opportunity that allows young professionals to live and work in cities, towns, and villages throughout Japan. Being a JET is an opportunity to work and to represent the United States as cultural ambassadors to Japan. Most participants serve as Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) and work in public and private schools throughout Japan; some work as Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs) as interpreters/translators.

Jewish Family & Children's Services

Jewish Family & Children's Service of Pittsburgh (JF&CS) is an independent 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to help people through life's changes and challenges by providing psychological, employment and social services. Employment and volunteer opportunities are available in services ranging from adoption, career services, counseling, critical needs, elder and senior care, food pantry, guardianship, immigrants and refugees, and special needs.

Jewish Heritage Programs (JHP)

JHP is a unique campus outreach organization that began on the University of Pennsylvania campus five years ago. The goal of JHP is to help students provide peer-to-peer based Jewish identity programming geared towards unaffiliated students. The programs are designed to inspire students to celebrate their heritage and instill a sense of identity and pride in their religion. JHP offers leadership training and mentoring opportunities with Jewish professionals from a variety of fields. Other activities include Shabbat dinners, historical programs, and holiday celebrations.

Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership

The mission of the Johnson Institute is to enhance professional and institutional ethics and accountability in public leadership. We accomplish this mission through an integrated portfolio of programs including: Teaching: The Johnson Institute works with GSPIA and University faculty to integrate teaching of ethics and accountability across the curriculum. Research: The Johnson Institute generates new and usable knowledge on issues of ethics and accountability in public service.

Joint Assistance Centre, Inc. (JAC)

JAC is an NGO headquartered in Haryana State in the outskirts of Delhi, India. It coordinates conferences in training in various parts of India on disaster preparedness and works in liaison with group, individuals, and small grassroots projects throughout the country. JAC focuses on community, welfare, health, education, youth development, and agricultural training. Short term (one moth) and long term (greater than three months) projects are available.

Keep Children Alive (KCA)

In collaboration with our partners on the ground in India and Africa, we have touched the lives of over 300,000 children and families. Join Keep a Child Alive and continue a legacy of groundbreaking work in the fight against HIV and AIDS. 

Labour Council for Latin America Advancement (LCLAA)

The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is the leading national organization for Latino(a) workers and their families. LCLAA was born in 1972 out of the need to educate, organize and mobilize Latinos in the labor movement and has expanded its influence to organize Latinos in an effort to impact workers' rights and their influence in the political process.

Learning for the Empowerment and Advancement of Palestinians (LEAP)

Learning for the Empowerment and Advancement of Palestinians (LEAP) is an educational empowerment program for Palestinian refugee-youth in Lebanon that is dedicated to nurturing the intellectual growth and creative curiosity of our students. LEAP encourages youth to become agents of change by supporting them in their educational pursuits, providing a safe and productive space to explore a myriad of hobbies and interests, and re-inspiring a desire to learn.

Liberty's Promise

Liberty’s Promise runs 18 after-school programs of civic engagement in 14 locations around the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area for low-income, high school, immigrant youth. These programs run for 10 weeks in the spring (March-May) and again for 10 weeks in the fall (October-December). We invite guest speakers to our programs to inform students about college options, career opportunities and community involvement. Also, students have the opportunity to bond with their classmates on field trips to historic locations in the area while learning more about their community.

Lint Center for National Security Studies

The Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc., founded in 2007, is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization created to award merit-based scholarships for Counterintelligence and National Security Workers, their children and scholars, and to advance the study of National Security, cross-cultural studies, and global understanding.

Los Ninos

Los Ninos supports long-term community development projects along the US-Mexico border, and works with high schools and universities in Canada and the US. Program areas include nutrition, ecology, microcredit, cross-cultural issues, and education designed to prmote self-reliance and social awareness. Los Ninos offers long-term volunteer opportunities to assist in these programs.

Louis Berger International

The Berger Group is a worldwide leader in the consulting field. With over 5,000 architects, planners, engineers, economists and environmental scientists, Berger has worked on more than 100,000 miles of highway, 2,000 miles of railroad, 3,000 bridges, as well as numerous airfields, seaports, dams and water supply systems across the United States and in 140 countries. By utilizing the vast global capabilities and local responsiveness, the Berger Group is dedicated to providing innovative solutions for a better world.

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