Have you considered an internship abroad?
Are you prepared to adjust to a different country’s culture, language, and work requirements?
An internship abroad is a great experience for students who are interested in learning (or mastering) a different language, interacting with people from another culture and enhancing their resumes.
There are many advantages of an internship abroad! Consider these benefits when deciding on an internship that’s right for you.
Improve Your Language Skills.
If you are choosing where to study abroad and decide on a non-English speaking country, you will have a great opportunity to enhance your language skills! Not only can you take classes in the country’s native language, you will get to practice as you explore your new home everyday.
Getting out of the classroom and practicing a second language in the “real world” is essential to becoming proficient. Landing an internship while you are studying abroad allows you to practice your language skills even more by communicating in an everyday work setting.
Enhance Your Resume…
By pursuing an internship abroad, you will add significant value to your college student resume. Cross-cultural communication and language proficiency are both highly regarded skills.
A successful internship abroad not only provides you with work experience in the field you are interested in pursuing, but also shows your ability to adapt and communicate effectively. It proves that you are eager to take on new and challenging situations and demonstrates your ability to excel in an unfamiliar environment.
These added skills are appealing to employers and will set you apart from other applicants. Just make sure to translate your resume when you apply for the internship!
And Enhance Your Self-Perception.
While it’s great to have something as impressive as interning abroad to put on your resume, it can be even more satisfying knowing you were able to do it. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of having accomplished something that at first seemed a bit daunting.
This mentality of “since I made it there, I can make it anywhere” will undoubtedly transfer over into your confidence in your abilities to secure a job back home.
Have a Unique Experience.
After completing an internship abroad, highly competitive segments of the job market will be more accessible to you than if you had simply interned at home.
An internship abroad expands your skills and challenges you. This excellent opportunity will make you a more attractive candidate for future employers.
Networking for jobs is a vital skill in most careers today. Building your network allows you to be informed of job opportunities and stay connected with coworkers and employers that may prove to be helpful to your career.
An internship abroad broadens your network internationally, which becomes particularly useful if you decide you want to work for an international company or pursue opportunities around the globe.
Help the Community.
An internship abroad often allows you to combine professional work experience with the opportunity to work for an organization that participates in community development or service. Helping the local community in which you live is a personally satisfying aspect of an internship abroad. It is also great to have volunteer work on your resume!
Though most international internships are unpaid, the unique benefits are very valuable. The added skills you will acquire will have a great return on investment, making an internship abroad an exciting and worthwhile endeavor.