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.
- You can intern abroad online: Did you know that virtual international internships are now becoming widely available? This is an excellent way of expanding your global experience without leaving your home country.
Related reading on the main MyWorldAbroad site:
- What Is A Virtual International Internship?
- What Is an Internship?
- Finding the Right Internship
- How to Apply for an Internship Without Ever Having Traveled Abroad
- The Internship Job Search
- Sample Applications: Intern Abroad
- How to Survive Your First International Internship
- Job Hunting During Your Internship