10 Reasons You Should Intern AbroadAs Nike says...
Whether you’re a recent graduate, current student, or a young professional with a resolution to travel more, an internship abroad is for you.
The reasons? Gaining new professional skills and making your resume stand out, all while adding stamps to your passport.
As someone who has just come back from a life-changing three-months with World Internships in New Zealand, I’m an advocate for packing up and taking your resume global. The reasons to intern abroad are endless, but I’ve narrowed it down to 10.
P.S- not sure how to pick your internship abroad? We’ve got you covered.
Set Yourself Apart
One of the biggest professional benefits of interning abroad is increasing your marketability. Working overseas will automatically set you apart from your peers. Not to mention, it will add a global layer to your resume, and could even lead to a job offer in another country.
Gain Intercultural Skills
Because working abroad in a foreign country means working with locals, you’ll have the opportunity to learn the culture directly from those who live there. You’ll gain first-hand experience and develop your intercultural skills, making you a unique and qualified applicant to a wide range of jobs.
Develop a Global Network
Working internationally means you’ll be able to expand your contacts globally and use those connections to help you land a job anywhere. At the very least, your boss could provide you with an awesome recommendation letter.
Career Trial Run
An internship, regardless of the location, is a great opportunity to test run your career path. Going to school and learning about your field is one thing, but gaining practical experience and seeing what the job is like first-hand is another. Why not test run your experience in another country so you can build your resume, see what the field is like, and also have some fun living somewhere new? Remember, even if you don’t like your internship, the experience is beneficial, because you can cross off what you don’t like and narrow down your ideal working environment.
Even if you’ve studied a language for years in a classroom, being immersed 24/7 is another experience. Whether it is learning how to communicate more efficiently with customers, discussing specific work-related topics with colleagues, or learning technical, field related vocabulary, this real-world practice will increase your proficiency.
Much like going to college or studying abroad, interning abroad requires a certain level of independence. World Internships was always there to assist, but being able to navigate my way around a country, maintain my schedule, and find time for exploration made me an expert at being independent and resourceful: two skills that will never go out of style.
Bottom line: when you live in another country, you will need to learn how to adapt. You will have to familiarize yourself with their currency, transportation, food, language, and more. Additionally, being in an international office will be entirely different from your own. Moving to a new country forces you to learn how to acclimate, and doing so shows future employers that you are flexible and willing to learn.
This point is pretty self-explanatory but deserves special mention. You should do an internship abroad because you will get to see the world. You’ll also immerse yourself in new cultures, and meet new people. Check places off your bucket list and gain experience all at the same time: truly a win-win. (Want to see what I mean? Check out the World Internships Instagram!)
Moving to a new city, (never mind a new country!) is a big challenge. It is intimidating to pack your bags, live in a new place, and then try your hand in a real office for the first time. All the frustrations and challenges you will face throughout your time abroad, both within your work environment and during your travels, will help you gain confidence in your own abilities. Trust me when I say, it is an incredible feeling to be confident in knowing that I can move to a new country, create new relationships, get around on my own, and make the most of my travels, all the while making a great impression on my employers! My internship experience was my first time out of the country alone, and now I know that I can start over anywhere and find my way.
Saying Goodbye To Your Comfort Zone
Going beyond your typical every-day routines, and focusing on new professional challenges in a foreign country is an incredible opportunity for personal growth. Living abroad is an unbelievable way to become more adventurous, intuitive, and patient. When you learn to go outside your comfort zone, you become more open to new experiences. You will learn to make the most of what you have, and become more adaptable overall. Being uncomfortable can be a good thing. It usually means you are in the process of something that will make you better.