Useful tips to find a Student Internship Abroad

Increasing globalization is a driving factor in students wanting to find internships abroad.

There are many ways to do so including finding one yourself. This may be the best way.

Check with your school, look for internship postings, check databases like Go Overseas, your university career website, LinkedIn, Idealist Careers, and Indeed to name a few.

Examine the postings for what is expected in terms of skills and personality traits, look at responsibilities and duties. Make sure that they are things you want to do and are able to do.

Whether you pay an agency to help or you go it alone, be sure that the programs have clearly defined objectives. This way you’ll know what to expect, as well as how the internship will help your professional development.

Different Types of Internships

Know that a student internship means different things in different parts of the world. Also, make an effort to understand what the entry requirements are and what to expect in terms of an outcome.

Ask yourself and others lots of questions.  In general, consider such things as:

  • Do you want an experiential learning setup?
  • Do you want a paid internship?
  • Are you emotionally mature enough to be abroad for months on an internship?
  • What are your skills?
  • What are your interests?

More specifically, consider:

  • What are the hours?
  • Is there any compensation?
  • Is the work or your role most important to you?
  • Is this a big organization or a small one?
  • Do you want to work independently or on a team?
  • Where do you want to go?

Clarify these points ahead of time.

There are a lot of agencies that will arrange an internship for you, but this service comes with a price tag. Finding and arranging an opportunity on your own, on the other hand, requires determination, but you can do it and there are websites and articles to help you.

Whatever you decide, pursue your objectives with vigor and you will not be disappointed.

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