The best cities for interning abroad

When choosing a city for your international internship, it can be a difficult choice as there are so many exciting cultures to choose from. To make your job easier we have put together the highlights of each of these amazing destinations! Whether you love the hustle and bustle of London, the gripping history of Madrid, or the exotic nature of Medellin, Colombia, every city has something for you.

London – The mix of history and modern culture will astound you. London gives you a never-ending list of things to do. For attractions that you just won’t be able to see anywhere else, take a weekend and explore the original and best Madame Tussauds, some of the world’s most precious treasures at the British History Museum, or come face-to-face with dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum. Of course, there’s the picture-perfect London Eye, where you can see London like you never have before. If museums are not what you’re looking for, you can’t say no to the West End Theatre! London has, by far, the best theatre scene in the world, giving you the chance to see the classic, long running plays as well as brand new debuts, all with some of the most talented actors in the world. Unlike many cities, London even offers large green spaces to relax in and enjoy the sunshine. Take a picnic to any of the Royal Parks, or explore the exotic Kew Gardens.

Madrid – The gorgeous architecture characterizing this city will make you never want to leave! Discover El Palacio Real – the largest royal palace in western Europe, La Plaza Mayor – a stunning square located in the historical centre of the city, and La Puerta del Sol – the symbolic centre of Madrid. Aside from the beautiful buildings, Madrid is famous for much more. Take a walk in Retiro Park and rent a little rowing boat, a perfect sunny afternoon! Not to mention the numerous tapas bars you just have to try. Madrid is famous for its unique flavors, from chorizo to calamari; a trip to Madrid wouldn’t be complete without tasting its famous dishes at the San Miguel market.


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Hong Kong – This metropolises is so dynamic and ever-changing that you’ll never want to leave. Asia’s global city has so much to offer, from the classic tourist attractions to those off the beaten path, here’s the top 3 things you have to try. The Avenue of Stars – where Hong Kong’s movie icons are honored. The Peak – where you will get an unparalleled view of the city’s skyscrapers and landscape. Temple Street Night Market – where you can shop for souvenirs, try tasty snacks, and even get your fortune told! Hong Kong is famous for blending tradition and modernity– so why don’t you take a break and discover its heritage? Hidden between the skyscrapers are Lo Pan Temple, Man Mo Temple, and Shing Wong Temple. Find some serenity and visit these peaceful and soothing locations.

Melbourne – As the capital and most popular city in the state of Victoria, Melbourne is quickly becoming one of the most desired destinations in the world. As the hub of Australia’s sport, style, and culture, you can take a break from the regular tourist attractions and discover the city through its hidden alleyways. Bursting with small cafes, little boutiques, famed restaurants, and stylish bars, you can see Melbourne through a whole new set of eyes. Meyers Place, Hardware Lane, Degraves Street, and Centre Place are all places you should be sure to visit. Melbourne also has a long standing love of live music, something which you can’t miss out on for a Friday or Saturday night. Its vibrant music scene will introduce you to some of the most important up-and-coming acts. From concerts to small performances in cafes and bars – you won’t be disappointed.


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Medellin – Colombia is one of the world’s most beautiful and diverse countries. Snow-capped volcanoes, rocky deserts, endless plains, lush valleys, coffee plantations, alpine lakes, and gorgeous, tropical beaches all characterize the endless culture of Colombia. And let’s not forget the infamous Latin music scene of salsa and cumbia – music which you can’t help but love the moment you hear it! It’ll lift your spirits and soon have you dancing round the room. The Colombian way of life is so happy and infectious; you’ll never want to leave this heavenly country. Medellin is situated in the centre of a valley, giving you gorgeous landscapes wherever you go. Ranked as the most innovative city in 2013 by the Wall Street Journal, this city has unlimited opportunities to offer to prospective interns.

Apply now to one of our amazing destinations for the chance to intern in a top class firm! We offer internships in all industry sectors all year round!


Photo 1. based on London, Tower Bridge, by hans-jürgen2013, CC-by-2.0

Photo 2. based on Madrid, by Mary, CC-by-SA 2.0

Photo 3. based on MEDELLIN – ANTIOQUIA, by Iván Erre Jota, CC BY-SA 2.0


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Abbie Hammond

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