9 Benefits of Internships Abroad

Young professionals from all around the world are looking for experience in their future career field. Regardless of your grades or degree, most companies prefer to hire applicants with previous experience in the field. There are many benefits of internships, especially one abroad. You’ll have the opportunity to boost your CV and build up a network, all while experiencing a new city. Here are the top 9 benefits of internships abroad. 

1. Build an international network

As a young professional, there is nothing better than having connections in your industry. Whether you’re a current student or a recent graduate, the people you meet during your internship will be key contacts for you in your career. If you hope to move abroad in the future, they become even more essential.

2. Learn a new language

Being bilingual is an extremely desirable skill. As more and more companies begin to operate internationally, young professionals with foreign language skills will be at the forefront. An international internship is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself, whether you’re a complete beginner or have taken classes before.

3. Get to know a new business culture

When you leave your home country, you’ll be constantly exposed to customs and practices that are different from what you’re used to. Regardless of how many internships or jobs you’ve had at home, there’s nothing more rewarding than being able to navigate a new business culture. Business etiquette differs from country to country, and successful global professionals will be familiar with the ins and outs.

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4. Travel

This is one of the most obvious benefits of internships abroad. If you love traveling and exploring new places, an internship abroad is a perfect excuse to see more of the world. You’ll not only get to live and be immersed in a new city, you’ll have the opportunity to travel and explore in your free time!

5. Skill development

In addition to soft skills like communication, leadership, and organization, you’ll also be looking to sharpen your industry-specific skills. The best place to apply what you’ve learned in your courses is in the office. After completing an internship, you’ll be able to show future employers that you not only understand theory,  but that you have the technical skills to back it up.

6. Communication skills

Interpersonal skills are essential to forming good relationships, both in the office and outside of it. One of the top benefits of internships abroad is that they enable you to develop your communication skills in a diverse, cross-cultural setting. The ability to communicate effectively with people from different cultures is one that will serve you well throughout your career.

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7. Gain excellent references

When you begin searching for a full-time position, most employers will ask for references. They want to know that someone else vouches for your abilities and would recommend you. Developing references is a crucial part of any internship. Get to know your supervisors and coworkers, and even look for a professional mentor. Keep in mind that every professional experience is an opportunity for a great recommendation in the future!

8. Form lifelong friendships

As an intern abroad, you’ll be surrounded by young professionals who are just as passionate and driven as you. From living together in a new city, to overcoming language barriers together and exploring your host country, these are the types of experiences that bring people together.

9. Get your foot in the door

In today’s competitive job market, many young professionals face a tough paradox. You need to have experience in order to get experience. An internship allows you to get your foot in the door and make the job search much easier and more rewarding.

Now that you know these benefits of internships, apply now for an international internship and boost your career!

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Maeve Allsup

Originally from Colorado, Maeve currently lives in Santiago Chile, where she writes about travel and professional development for The Intern Group. She studied International Relations and Communications at American University and loves travel, hiking and all things outdoors.
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