The 9 best cities in the world to launch your career

These leading cities are the best places in the world to launch your career. Home to the world’s top businesses and organizations across a multitude of industries, these cities provide competitive experience for interns looking to get their foot in the door at leading firms. Besides the opportunity to build up your professional experience and contacts, these cities also offer the chance to get to know a cosmopolitan city and understand a new culture.


1. London

A global leader in culture, finance, innovation and government, London has a long history of being a competitive city for professionals working in many different industries. London is a truly global metropolis, attracting professionals from all types of cultural backgrounds. There’s no better place to get ahead in your industry than with an internship abroad in London, where you can launch your career and leverage your professional experience abroad to find a job back home. Aside from the many professional benefits of launching your career in London, the city also offers a multitude of cultural activities that can be enjoyed rain or shine, including a trip to the West End to see some of the world’s best theater, a visit to the British Museum, home to some of the world’s most treasured artifacts or a trip on the London Eye, for an unforgettable look at this unique and bustling city.


2. New York City

There’s nowhere in the world quite like New York City. This dazzling American city is a genuine melting pot, attracting leading professionals, artists, musicians and intellectuals from all over the states and the world. Whether you’re looking to launch your international business career or get your foot in the door at a leading marketing firm, New York City is the place for upcoming professionals seeking competitive experience, international contacts and the adventure of a lifetime. In your free time, you’ll never be stuck for something to do. It will be quite the opposite as New York City truly lives up to its title as, “The City that Never Sleeps”.


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3. Medellín

Colombia is so much more than the homeland of cumbia, coffee and Caribbean beaches. The country can now boast about its booming city of innovation: Medellín. Interns will love getting to know Medellín’s friendly and welcoming locals while also earning real-world professional experience and learning one of the world’s most widely spoken languages, Spanish. Named “Most Innovative City” in 2013 by The Wall Street Journal, Medellín has developed into a start-up hub and an infrastructural envy, attracting top-notch entrepreneurs, engineers, and business professionals from all over the world. There’s no better place to learn Spanish, launch your career and live a vibrant, international experience.


4. Melbourne

Youthful, competitive and charismatic Melbourne is Australia’s unique capital, full of live music venues, coffee shops and universities. It’s also an excellent hub for entrepreneurship, business, marketing and other industries. Any young professional looking for a hip, outdoorsy city to gain real world professional experience should consider Melbourne, “The World’s Most Liveable City”.


5. Hong Kong

There’s a reason Hong Kong is known as the gateway to China. This dynamic metropolis is arguably Asia’s most international city, with leading professionals across many different industries. A banking, financial and commercial hub, Hong Kong attracts establishes professionals from all over the world. Moreover the city offers a blend of old world and new, with towering skyscrapers and honored temples.


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6. Berlin

This diverse European capital draws in interesting and talented professionals from all over the world. Interns abroad will enjoy Berlin’s culture and entertainment scene while boosting their career in any one of the booming industries within the city. Boasting a wonderful blend of history and modernity, there’s a lot to appreciate about Berlin. The parks, museums, food and festivals will make interns wish that they could stay.


7. Shanghai

The most populous city in China, and third-most populous city in the world, Shanghai is a massive metropolis booming with industry. In Shanghai, young professionals can learn from established professionals in their field while working at leading firms, thanks to the city’s large financial and commercial sectors that just keep growing. A increasingly global city, Shanghai is an excellent place to gain international professional experience, launch your career and learn about Asian markets.


8. Dublin

Dublin is a perfect place to launch your career if you’re looking for a major metropolitan city that’s English-speaking and competitive, but also not overwhelmingly crowded like New York City or London. This beautiful city is stunningly green, full of parks and other green spaces where you can take a book, picnic or join in on a quick football match. The Irish capital is also the UNESCO City of Literature, home to more Nobel Laureates in literature than any other city in the world. Those looking to launch their writing career, get inspired!


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9. Madrid

Madrid is a city for the young, or at least the young at heart. Its bohemian energy and international nature make it a wonderful place to intern abroad and launch your career. The city center is small and lively, so interns can easily get from their accommodation to their internships. Besides having leading professionals across all industries, the city is also home to a multitude of memorable sites and museums like the Retiro Park, Reina Sofia and Plaza Mayor. Moreover, interns in Madrid have the chance to learn Spanish, one of the most widely spoken languages in the world.



Apply now to boost your career in one of the best cities in the world to work or intern abroad in!




1. based on London, by neiljs, CC-by-2.0

2. based on New York City, by Andrés Nieto Porras, CC-by-SA 2.0

3. based on Berlin Oberbaumbruecke, by Bjoern Schwarz, CC-by-2.0

4. by Elizabeth Trovall


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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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