Landing an international internship can be a daunting prospect, but it will give your international career a major boost. In order to land the right internship and get the most out of it, you need to plunge head-first into your preliminary search – and this section will help you do just that. Here are a few key points to get you started:
- Internships aren’t just low-salary positions: They are an exchange of work for knowledge, and they set you up to apply for your first international entry-level position.
- Do it yourself: If there’s an employer you want to work for, but no internships are offered, propose one! You’d be surprised how far an entrepreneurial spirit will get you.
- Negotiate: No one takes an internship to make money, but you can still negotiate your honorarium/stipend and accommodation if you are offered a position abroad.
- Get informed: You may be going abroad to get international experience, but your employer will want to know that you already have a global perspective. Build up your International IQ in the weeks, months (and preferably years) before you apply for a position.
- Your internship is an invaluable learning experience: Make the most of it. Go the extra mile even though you are not being compensated. It will work in your favor in the long run.
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