Published on November 17, 2014

Internships – Does your age matter?

Here, at The Intern Group, we constantly get asked if age matters when applying for an internship, and the answer is NO! International Internships will benefit people at any age. It used to be that they were typical for only college students looking to boost their resumes, however, today internships are also being designed for anyone who wants to learn a new trade or break into an industry. Whether you’re a high school student, an undergraduate, a postgraduate or a career changer an internship will give you the necessary jump-start into the working world. Here’s how and why an internship at every point in your life will aid your professional development:

High School Student – An internship while you’re in high school will set you apart from your peers. Not many students at this age have proper work experience so this will give you an edge compared to other students who only have exam grades to show potential colleges and universities on applications. It will also help you discover what you may want to study at university. Many students at this age have no clue what their passion is so an internship is a great way to figure out what you’re good at and what you really enjoy! Similarly, it might also save you early on from picking the wrong major.

Undergraduate – Interning while you’re an undergraduate will wonderfully complement your degree and get you noticed by future employers. Put what you’re learning in lectures into practice by gaining hands on experience. This will give you a new perspective about your studies and you’ll be able to understand how your degree relates to the real world. Completing an internship while you’re an undergraduate will also help you make connections for when you graduate. Use this time wisely and network with people in your company for when you finish your studies. You never know, you may be offered a job!

Postgraduate – A great way to know which career path you want to pursue is by doing an internship after you’ve finished college or university. Many people are still not sure what kind of job they want and often many degrees do not directly lead to a set career path. For example, if you study languages or a humanities subject, you have many skills that can apply to many jobs. So how do you choose? By interning when you’re a postgraduate you will be able to sample different industries and see which one would suit you best. Even if you decide that an industry isn’t for you, the internship will have given you many transferable skills that will help you in any future employment.

Career changer – An internship is a great way to break into a new industry. This can initially be very hard if you have years of experience in another field. If all your current skills revolve around your current job then an internship is a great way to expand your resume and show that you’re a well rounded person. Work your way up and learn the ins and outs of a new trade. Experience that cannot be learned anywhere else, not even in a classroom. Sometimes internships are a better option than going back to studying, especially if you want a quick change.

At The Intern Group, we welcome people of all ages into our programs. From high school students to career changers, we have helped many participants to find their dream internship and enjoy a beautiful new country. Apply now!

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Abbie Hammond

26 comments on “Internships – Does your age matter?

  • My daughter is 17 and a high school student in Mexico. She is interested in internships in the Chicagoland area for the summer. What are your recomendations to start the process? What are the requirements?

    • Hi Anibal,

      Thank you for your message about your daughter. Please be looking out for an email from my colleague, Kaylea. She will give you more information about our international internship program in the US, how your daughter can begin the process and the requirements.

      Have a great day!

      Best,
      TIG

      • Hi Anibal,

        Thank you for your message and interest in our program. My colleague Kaylea will follow up via email with more information.

        Best,
        Danielle

  • Hi
    I am an international student studying in Glasgow.
    I am wondering how do I apply for my summer internship in the uk? And also what my requirements should be?
    Best regards,
    Natasha

    • Hi Natasha,

      Thanks for your message and for showing an interest in our summer internships in London. Please be looking out for an email from my colleague, Kaylea, who will tell you everything you need to know about the application process and the necessary requirements.

      Have a great day!

      Best,
      TIG

  • Hi, I am an Indian student and want to know how can I apply for an internship in UK? What is the eligibility criteria for that?

    Thank you

    • Hi Abrar,
      Thanks for reaching out to us. My colleague Kaylea will send you an email with some more information about the eligibility criteria for our internship programs in London.
      Have a great day!
      Best,
      Kirstie

  • Hey. I’m in my first year of undergraduate studies. I plan to do majors in psychology and thinking of an internship in Germany, in relation to my subject. I’m also learning German from gothe in India. I wanted to know if this is a paid internship? And what kind of internship can be provided in my case

    • Hi Juvena, thanks for reaching out to us!
      There are lots of opportunities available for an international internship in Berlin, Germany. My colleague Kaylea will send you an email shortly with some more information about the program which should hopefully answer your questions.
      Best wishes,
      Fiona

  • Hi! I’ve already graduated from college and I’m 25. I would like to get into my field of work (Art-Concept art, Character design, animation etc. Very tough industry by the way.) but I don’t have much experience, which is where internships come in. I was wondering if I should still try to apply for internships, which ones should I look for and what would you suggest for me?

    • Hi there,
      Thanks for your message. You are right, an internship is a great way to gain experience for your CV and push your career forward! You are still eligible for the majority of our programs having already graduated from university. I’ll send you more information via email, be sure to keep an eye out for it.
      Regards,
      Kaylea

  • Hello! I am in my 3rd year as an undergraduate student at Temple University. I am a Finance major and a Risk Management major. I wanted to know what kind of internship could be provided for my field(s) and how the internship period works (hours, pay, etc.). Thank you for your help.

    Best Regards,
    Peyton Hoenninger

    • Hi Peyton,
      Thanks for your message. I sent you an email with some additional information, if you need anything else don’t hesitate to contact me. Thanks!
      Best,
      Kaylea

  • Hi,
    I am looking for an internship in Human Resources. I would like to know if I am eligible for your internship program even if I graduated from College in 2015?

    • Hi Vanisha,
      Thanks for your message. Yes, there are many destinations open for applicants even after their university graduation. I’ll send you an email with more information on which of our destinations have HR for those who have graduated more than 12 months ago.
      Best,
      Kaylea

  • Hi, I am a final year student doing an undergraduate degree in computer science and engineering in India and would graduate in 2018. I am interested in joining an intership program in New york, USA. I like travelling and it would be a great out-country experience for me and in building my career as well as myself. It would be great to hear from you.

    Regards,
    Sneha

    • Hi Sneha,
      Thanks for your message and your interest in our program in New York. Our program is designed to combine a career building internship along with international exposure and cultural immersion – it seems like you are very eager to get both! I’ll send you an email today with more information.
      Best,
      Kaylea

  • Hi,
    I’m studying AAT at the moment and keen for a further development in accountancy.
    I’m looking for an internship in accounting in New York or Shanghai, what you suggest?
    Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

    Regards,

    Nella

    • Hi Nella,
      Thanks for your message and your interest in our international internship programs. For finance internships in any sector I definitely recommend Shanghai. Shanghai is a global financial powerhouse and is the perfect place to get hands-on experience in your field. I’ll send you some more information today!
      Best,
      Kaylea

  • Hi. I am 24 years old and looking for an internship in relation to my studies (Natural Resources Management) or any Environmentally related field but I graduated in 2015. I accepted a place for post-grad studies in Environment and Sustainable Development for 2017-2018 but may defer for other reasons and may need something to do in between. Am I still eligible to apply? Thank you.

    • Hi Rudorwashe,
      Thanks for your message and your interest in our program. Yes, you are definitely still eligible to apply for our program, we have locations that are suited to everyone. I’ll send you some more information today via email.
      Best,
      Kaylea

  • Hi, my daughter is doing Bachelor of Architecture in India. She is interested to do internship in Singapore or China or Japan or Dubai. Can you please tell me the best internship programs available and preferably paid internships.

    • Hi Lata,
      Thanks for your message. We have 3 locations in Asia that offer architecture internships, which are Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo. Would your daughter be interested in any of those destinations? I’ll send you an email today with some more information that you can pass along to her.
      Best,
      Kaylea

  • Hello,

    My name is Amit Zenou and I am originally from the United States, in particular New York, however two years ago I decided to leave the US and study my bachelors degree in an international school in Israel called the IDC (Interdisciplinary Center ) of Herzliya. At the IDC, I am currently studying in their Business Administration program, specializing in Finance. Because this is an international school, the program is designed to have an international mind set which I have found extremely useful for my future career in business. Additionally, I am about to enter my last year of my bachelors degree. Also, I have been working at the same time for a company called iPOS Systems, LLC. D/b/a Dejavoo Systems, a US and Canadian value added reseller and developer of next generation “POS” point of sale devices targeting various terminal models and payment software solutions. I have worked in both the Marketing and Financial department, but I have developed an interest in finance over the past couple of years. I started off as an intern at the age of 17 years old and have been working from around the world and traveling to/from USA and Canada respectively for this company for over 4 years.

    I am reaching out because I believe that an international internship would fit amazingly well with my future goal and aspirations. I would like to learn more about your program and the internships that you offer. It would be amazing if I could get more information about your internships related to business, in particular in Finance.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to read my introduction, I hope to hear from you soon.

    Best,

    Amit Zenou

    • Hi Amit,
      Thanks very much for your message and your interest in our program. It sounds like you have a keen interest in international exposure, which it what our program is all about! I’ll send you an email today with more information.
      Best,
      Kaylea

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