Ten famous people who support your decision to intern abroad

Deciding to intern abroad is the perfect way to explore a new country while also gaining the professional experience that will help you reach your career goals. Whether it’s a government and politics internship in Colombia or a finance internship in Hong Kong, an international internship is the best way to get your foot in the door in your career while sating your wanderlust.

Why intern abroad? Take a look at what these famous thinkers have to say about the importance of an international experience.


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1. Anthony Bourdain (chef, author)

“If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.”

However, housing IS included when you intern abroad through The Intern Group program. Sleeping on floors is optional.


2. Mark Twain (author)

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

Open your eyes to the world and get to know a whole new culture and way of life! Whether it be an international internship in Hong Kong, London or Australia, professional experience abroad is sure to expand your mind.


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3. Elizabeth Gilbert (author)

“To travel is worth any cost or sacrifice.”

Find out exactly what it takes to make your internship abroad happen today!


4.Ibn Battuta (scholar, explorer)

“Travel. It leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”

All the while, learn how to tell a story professionally through a journalism and media internship abroad.


5. Bill Bryson (author)

“But that’s the glory of foreign travel, as far as I am concerned. I don’t want to know what people are talking about. I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can’t read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can’t even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.”

Whether on the streets of Medellin, Hong Kong or Madrid, it’s time to seize the day and make that childlike wonder a reality.


6. St. Augustine (theologian)

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.”

Turn the page and click here to see our page on the different international internship opportunities available to you today.


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7. George Carlin (humorist)

“Kilometers are shorter than miles. Save gas, take your next trip in kilometers.”

Could be Madrid, Melbourne, Medellin or Hong Kong. Doesn’t matter, as long as its metric.


8. Thornton Wilder (playwright)

“Only it seems to me that once in your life before you die you ought to see a country where they don’t talk in English and don’t even want to.”

Native English speakers looking to soak up a new language can try out international internship programs in Hong Kong, Colombia and Madrid. The program includes the opportunity to take foreign language classes.


9. John Steinbeck (author)

“People don’t take trips – trips take people.”

Let yourself go while gaining professional experience with an internship on another continent.


10. Rolf Potts (travel writer)

“The value of your travels does not hinge on how many stamps you have in your passport when you get home — and the slow nuanced experience of a single country is always better than the hurried, superficial experience of forty countries.”

Soak up all the subtleties of another culture while you intern abroad from between 6 and 24 weeks.


Ready to change your life and boost your career? Apply now!


Sources: Goodreads.com

Image 1. based on “Travel” by fdecomite, CC-BY-2.0

Image 2. based on “Victoria Harbour” by Jonathan Leung, CC-BY-2.0

Image 3. based on “Travel” by Moyan Brenn, CC-BY-2.0


The International Internships Blog is a collaboration by The Intern Group staff, alumni and current participants to give you career advice & tips, program information, & so much more!

To learn how to apply to our internship programs, click here.


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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