Are you nervous to intern while studying abroad?
Have you ever asked yourself – ‘Why should I invest time in interning while studying abroad?’
Here is the answer:
Because it is a good way to kick-start your work career, where you get to make contacts, gain a global work experience and learn some soft skills. In return, you give free labour! (Well, some internships are paid too) which means it is all a win–win policy for both the employer and you.
It could be nerve-wracking for you at the first time, but lo! Every simple thing looks difficult in the beginning.
What’s in your pocket?
Interning while studying abroad is a rewarding opportunity for your career – that teaches you to expand yourself both professionally and personally, learn work ethics and communicate effectively with people you meet from all walks of life.
For example, if you have a problem understanding the local language of the country you chose you study in, there is no better way to break that barrier between you and your fellow mates than by interning in a firm with them. According to the Wall Street Journal, in the biggest 1000 public and private companies in the world, 40% of CFO’s have worked abroad earlier.
A bit of know-how!
- Most important point is you should do your research on which countries allow internship opportunities. Make sure you don’t break any law; stick to your visa rules.
- Some internships are paid while some are not. You can choose an internship that allows you to earn academic credits.
- Interning abroad means you will be working nearly 20−40 hours a week so the more hours you work, the more credits you can apply for (considering it is a flexible internship).
- To intern while studying in the US, you need to see if you are eligible for the CPT which allows you to have a paid internship. Once you shortlist the internship centres, you can contact your co-op and forward your resume to those firms where you wish to intern.
- You will be eligible to receive academic credits for a CPT internship.
- Once you fill out the CPT form, your internship date will be recorded on the I20 form.
- If you want to intern after graduating, you will need to opt for the OPT, for which you need to get Employment Authorisation Document (EAD) that lets you work for usually 12 months.
Best places to intern abroad
By interning, you will not only give back some hard work, but also get to learn a LOT from the expats of various industries.
1. World Internships
In the city that never sleeps, New York, World Internships offers a minimum of 4-week internship for students, helping them to establish cross-cultural networks while studying.
2. Institute for Global Studies
From Costa Rica to New Zealand, you can intern with the top-notch organisations and leaders through the Institute for Global Studies (IGS).
3. IES Internships
offers a range of internship programmes in various sectors and provides the perfect opportunity to help you gain practical experiences.
4. USEH International Inc.
USEH provides both paid and unpaid internships to students in various fields, from Business Administration, Tourism, to Hotel Management.
5. Absolute Internship
An award-winning internship provider, Absolute internship offers excellent internship opportunities for students across the world.
6. CIS Abroad
CIS abroad offers internship opportunities in Australia; internships could be set up in Melbourne or Sydney.
Note: Please read further at the mentioned websites about their internship programmes.
Let’s discuss more through the 5 points below to know why people like you should intern while studying abroad:
1. Be international!
In this fast-paced, competitive world, companies rely too much on overseas people so they look for someone with an international work exposure.
An internship will help you learn how to market yourself; it will teach you how to immerse yourself into the culture of other communities so that you obtain a global work experience.
2. Eat breakfast in Paris; dinner in New Zealand
As the French saying goes, ‘A man who knows two languages is worth two men’. This means learning a foreign language in this globalised world is an added cap to your talented feather. It opens more prospects for you to travel, and who knows you might be busy exploring new places and cuisines.
If your internship focuses more on travelling – go for it! Try to explore the locals and spend time with them, to know more about other cultures.
3. Transition made easy!
The period between finishing your college or university and hunting for a job is a crucial one in your life. So if you have a prior work experience, that will possibly give you an added edge to your job hunt.
You will gain a multinational flavour by interning while studying abroad. This twist in you will take you long way!
4. Master the skills!
You will become flexible since you will be working outside your comfort zone and learn how to manage work responsibilities. This will help you in the future when you wish to be your own boss or work at another place.
5. You can’t be different, but you can be unique!
According to the QS research, international internship is valued more by employers while assessing graduate job applications.
So by opting for an internship, you are actually setting your goals and standards high from your peers. It will help you to land up at a better place since employers always look for people who have prior work experience.
Finally, when employers find that you stepped out of your comfort zone to do an internship in your field of choice, it will send a positive message across that you are ‘the unique candidate’ whom they need.
As I already said, learn a new language because it will generate a tangible outcome and help you stand out from the crowd.
The #1 overseas education consultant, Hotcourses India helps students find their dream study destination and gives them the jumpstart required for their career. There are plenty of courses abroad that offer internship opportunities; you can know more though our expert advisors who are here to help people like you.
We volunteer meet-ups where university delegates meet students and advise them on their study abroad journey. Chances are you can know about various internship opportunities abroad from them if you follow our ‘events near you’ page.
It all depends on how you plan – whether you plan to apply for an internship once you go abroad or plan to build some connections beforehand so that once you reach there, everything becomes smooth – the choice is yours!
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