7 empowering effects of an internship abroad

Why intern abroad? Exploring a new country and doing an internship abroad prepares you for life in many different ways. The experience will give you confidence, independence and a global mindset while boosting your list of international contacts. If you have any doubts about why you should intern abroad, this post is for you.

 

Why intern abroad? 7 empowering effects of an international internship

1. You’re forced to adapt to a new city

Living independently in a large international city gives you the chance to see what it’s like to move somewhere new and learn the ropes all on your own. You’ll pick up new life skills, adapting to a new setting and the different rules of a foreign culture. You’ll have to find the best place to buy groceries, grab coffee or go for a run, relying completely on your own resourcefulness.

 

2. Realizing the world doesn’t revolve around you

After going abroad, it doesn’t take long to realize that the world doesn’t revolve around you, or your friends, or your country. There are so many cultures, belief systems, practices and communities out there, each offering something special. International travel teaches us to understand our place in the world, the trappings of that society, and respect the societies that are different from our own.

 

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3. You’re all on your own

The sheer fact that you’re going somewhere brand new and alone is a monumental step forward in your personal growth. Leaping into the unknown can be terrifying. But once you’ve lived on your own in a foreign city, you’ll become more self-sufficient, self-confident and capable of international adventures in the future.

 

4. Living on a budget

Living abroad will teach a young person the importance of personal finance. There are so many temptations to spend money when you’re out and about in a new country. Learning when to say “yes” and “no” to spending is one of the most important lessons to learn in life. Would you prefer to have a new outfit or a weekend away with your new international friends? The choice is yours!

 

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5. Interning in a foreign workplace

In a foreign professional setting, the workplace expectations and culture are different than back home. This intercultural professional experience will add another layer to this career-building opportunity. Once you’ve learned how to adapt to a foreign work setting, you’ll be able to skillfully adjust to different company cultures and expectations in the future.

 

6. Building international friendships

Meeting people with different backgrounds and learning how to communicate with international groups is a great way to boost your interpersonal competence. Being able to adapt quickly to varied group dynamics is a powerful skill to have in your arsenal. Finding common experiences to unite an international group builds teamwork and networking skills.

 

7. Learning how to travel

International travel isn’t easy at first – like all skills of value, it takes practice. International interns have the opportunity to refine these skills during an internship abroad. You’ll learn the art of coordination, planning day and weekend trips while you balance your workplace responsibilities.

 

 

Apply now to intern abroad and empower yourself.

 

Photos

1. based on Brewer Street, London, by Peter McConnochie, CC-by-2.0

2. based on UK, London, Shoreditch, by Fabio Venni, CC-by-2.0

3. based on Espejo – Café / Malasaña Madrid 270911, by LARS77722, CC-by-2.0

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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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