Academic Travel Abroad, Inc. was formed in 1950 to assist colleges, universities, museums and other cultural institutions, and professional organizations in the creation and operation of educational group travel programs for their memberships and patrons. Today ATA, a leader in cultural and educational group travel, operates unique travel programs throughout the world. In the last five years, ATA has strategically entered the market of patron tours by providing highly-customized, up-scale group tours for cultural, political and professional organizations to use as fundraising tools with their major donors and boards of directors. ATA has staff in the U.S. and around the world involved in all phases of travel: tour design, land operations, travel services, airline sales, and marketing.

ATA also has two subsidiary divisions which include offices around the world. CET Academic Programs is well known for its innovations in the field of study abroad. Its programs– now based at multiple centers in Asia, Europe and the Middle East —specialize in integrating students into the society in which they are living. Professionals Abroad works with top U.S. and international professional associations to facilitate professional exchange between counterparts around the globe.

Our Promise to Our Employees

At Academic Travel Abroad, our employees are the most important resource in fulfilling our commitment to our travelers and partners.

By applying the principles of trust, honesty, respect, integrity and teamwork, we nurture and maximize our employees’ talents to the benefit of each individual and the company. We commit to broadening professional horizons and creating cross-cultural learning opportunities for all our employees.

Academic Travel Abroad fosters a work environment where diversity is valued, a balance of professional and personal life is actively supported, and a sense of humor is most appreciated. 

  • Helpful Information

    ATA accepts entry-level applications on an ongoing basis. However, other positions are only posted when applications are being accepted. CET Academic Programs, our student study abroad division, lists other employment opportunities on the CET website here. 

    Travel as Career - For those seeking advice on how to transition to a career in the travel industry, please visit our friends at the Travel Employment Service. They have multiple resources that those wishing to make such a career move will find quite useful.

    Please note that our company does not sponsor US employment visas.

  • Benefits Summary and Websites

    401K Retirement Plans: American Funds
    Flexible Spending Plans: Ceridian
    Employee Assistance Programs: EAP
    IATAN Membership: IATAN
    Group Life Insurance: Lincoln Financial
    Health Insurance: CareFirst
    Supplemental Insurance: AFLAC
    Long-Term Disability: Lincoln Financial
    Dental Insurance: Metlife
    Metro Benefits: WMATA Smart Benefits
  • Further ATA Benefits

    Education in Service:

    Workforce training may be requested for skills that will improve job performance.

    Leave and Holidays:

    Excellent benefits through Paid Time Off Leave, New Parent Leave, Philanthropy Leave and Paid Holidays


    Special bonuses may be earned for profit sharing, employee referrals or benchmark anniversaries.

    Mentoring Program:

    New employees have a mentor for their first year of employment.

    Travel Opportunities:

    Search our tours for the types of travel that our employees may experience.

    Please Note: These benefits are offered to full-time employees in the United States and are subject to change.  Some items require employee contribution and/or other terms of eligibility.