7 advantages of summer internships abroad

A unique and exciting way to boost your career and earn real-world professional experience is through summer internships abroad. International internships offer ambitious young professionals the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in a new culture while learning important professional lessons first-hand. Consider the possibilities of a career-changing experience abroad and learn about the advantages of a summer internship in 2018.

 

Advantages of summer internships abroad

 

1. You won’t miss out on semester activities and classes

University students prefer summer internships many times out of pure pragmatism. They don’t want to miss out on the classes or activities happening during the regular school year. Also, some classes are only offered one semester every two years.

 

 

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2. Summer is travel season

While abroad for your internship you might as well take advantage of the tourism opportunities. Off-season travel isn’t for everyone. Especially if you’re going abroad for the first time, it can be a comfort to be around fellow nationals as you travel around.

 

3. Networking opportunities

Many students and professionals from around the world leverage their summertime to have international experiences and grow professionally. Opting for summer internships abroad will place you among a talented international group of interns.

 

4. You’ll gain practical experience in your field

Even though a summer job can be appealing in the short term, earning professional experience is more likely to pay off in the long term. Professional summer internships are the perfect way to prepare students for starting their career after college.

 

5. Summertime festivals, concerts and more

Whether in Europe, North America or Asia, summer is the time to relax and celebrate. As many locals are on vacation or in relaxation mode, it’s prime time to catch a wide variety of cultural activities and celebrations, especially outdoors, where many activities are open to the public. Outdoor concerts, for one, are a fun and free way to explore another culture. Summer is also the season to stay out late and socialize as the city cools off from the hot summer sun.

 

 

6. Getting your foot in the door

A summertime international internship will allow you to earn real-world experience at a reputable company or organization abroad. If you’re considering an international career or just want to have an impressive line on your resume, an internship abroad will get you one step closer to making your professional dreams come true.

 

7. Test drive your career while you study

Doing a summer internship during college can help you see whether or not you are on the right career path. Your studies will be reinforced by the experiences you’ll have in your industry abroad. This is the time in your life to experiment and test what’s right for you.

 

 

Apply now for one of our summer internships abroad. 2018 is the perfect year to travel the world while building your resume.

 

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Elizabeth Trovall

After short stints in Argentina and Belize, Elizabeth is finishing up her fourth year in Santiago, Chile. Elizabeth writes about international internships, life abroad and professional development for The Intern Group. She also reports on politics, business and culture in Latin America for public radio and print media. An Austin, Texas native, Elizabeth first left home to earn her journalism degree from the Reynolds Institute of Journalism at the University of Missouri. Besides her friends and family, she misses live music and Mexican food the most.

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