The DOs and DON’Ts of an internship abroad

Learning the ropes at an internship abroad can take some time. Not only are you adjusting to a new office, but you’re also learning about a brand new culture and getting used to a completely different living situation. So, for a little guidance on what to do and what not to do at an internship abroad, we provided some visual aids and useful tips for interns. Hopefully these will help you to avoid any #internabroadproblems.


DO NOT assume that a handshake is the best way to greet coworkers

Every culture has its own way of greeting people.
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DO learn how to make culturally-appropriate professional introductions

It’s a sign of respect if you can adapt to the local culture and how the locals interact at the office.
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DO NOT be shy speaking another language

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DO take advantage of the opportunity in another country to learn the language

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DO NOT be afraid to ask for help

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DO take notes during your first week

So that you remember how the office operates and don’t have to ask the same questions repeatedly about your responsibilities.
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DO NOT take on too much work too fast

You’re adjusting to a lot of new things at once – a new country, a new office, a new language. Give yourself some time to adjust before taking on huge projects so that you can get a sense of your pace.

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DO challenge yourself, while being reasonable about what you can achieve

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Take these useful tips for interns on board and apply now to boost your career!


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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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