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9 Reasons To Intern in New York City

New York City is one of the world’s most influential cities, and a top hub for a wide variety of industries. Interns in the Big Apple will gain an international perspective on their industry, while developing a strong network. New York is an enormous city constantly buzzing with energy, and it attracts the most passionate and qualified professionals from every corner of the globe. For ambitious students or recent graduates, there is no better place to get a foot in the door, and launch an international career.


Here are 9 reasons to intern in New York City:

Financial capital

New York is the financial capital of the world, as it is home to the global financial powerhouse, Wall Street. The city’s remarkable financial district is also home to the biggest stock exchange in the world. Additionally, New York has the highest population of any city in the U.S., and is a hub for foreign investment. Young professionals looking to move into the financial industry will thrive in New York City, the world’s best destination for finance internships.

Networking opportunities

In a competitive city like New York, it’s all about who you know. If you’re hoping to get hired on after graduation, making connections in the industry beforehand is essential. New York is the world’s best city for networking, as it attracts the very best in every field from all around the world. Interning at a firm in New York City will give you the chance to develop key skills, while learning from the field’s top professionals. As a full-time intern, you’ll be exposed to an international view of your sector, and perhaps even find mentorship.



New York is one of the most international cities in the world. International interns¬†meet people from every corner of the world; travelers and immigrants alike. The city is famous for its colorful immigrant communities, which add to the city’s vibrant energy and cultural diversity. Whether in Chinatown or Little Brazil, these ethnic enclaves are part of what make New York City great.

Competitive environment

The Big Apple is one of the world’s most competitive, fast-paced cities. It is home to 42 Fortune 500 companies, and is one of the largest financial centers on the planet. Interns looking for a rewarding challenge will find it in New York’s many companies and organizations. Of course, it is extremely difficult to land a job or internship in NYC. However, those that are offered this exciting opportunity will have endless professional possibilities in their future.


New York City is one of the global capitals of live entertainment. From the world’s best theater on Broadway, to jazz and cabaret performances and acclaimed live comedy shows, there’s a little something for everyone in New York City.

The city that never sleeps

New York City keeps different hours than most places in the world. It’s famous for offering just about anything at all hours of the day. There’s no such thing as “too late” or “too early” in New York. Regardless of the time of day, or where you are in the city, one can always find a delicious bite to eat, a show, movie or event. Many New Yorkers are also up early, jogging in central park or opening the Stock Market while the rest of the country sleeps.



With numerous internationally-acclaimed art museums, an intern in New York City could spend weeks just looking at all the amazing art New York City has to offer. The Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art should be at the top of every intern’s list. Moreover, some of the world’s greatest musicians, comedians, actors, authors, poets, among others, call New York City their home. Living within this culture of creativity is infectious and makes for an unforgettable life experience.

The people

Walking down the street in New York City, you’re sure to fall in love with its eccentric and expressive inhabitants. Full of aspiring artists, entrepreneurs, musicians, academics, not to mention immigrants from all over the world, New York City’s soul comes from its people. If you have any doubt about the cool individuals living in NYC, Humans of New York can help you out.


Everyone who comes to New York City has dreams and aspirations. It’s the place where people from around the world go to pursue success. Being in close proximity to people so motivated by their life goals is contagious. It will make you work harder and push yourself to get closer to achieving your dream. There’s no better environment for young professionals looking for inspiration.


Apply now to intern in New York City, and launch an international career?



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1. New York Skyline, by Jaime Olmo, CC BY 2.0

2. Courtesy of The Intern Group

3. New York City, by Yoann Jezequel, CC BY-SA 2.0

Photos and blog by Elizabeth Trovall

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