Author: Stay U-nique
When applying for an internship abroad it is extremely important to consider your learning objectives and then ask yourself honestly, “Why am I interested in doing an internship abroad?”
Here are 10 reasons why you should do your internship abroad:
1. Cultural Awareness
We are living in an international job market and having a world perspective will help you relate to people in and outside of the workplace. Having global awareness will strengthen your soft skills like communication and positive attitude.
Living in a foreign environment teaches you a lot about yourself and your abilities to handle new situations. An internship is hard work, and as you tackle the daily challenges of an internship and the nuances of living in a new country, your level of independent and confidence will increase. It’ll amaze you what you are capable of doing. Those soft skills, like confidence, and adaptability.
3.Improve your language skills or learn a new language
One of the most import global skills employers are seeking is foreign language ability. During your internship abroad you will have the opportunity to learn a new language or to improve your knowledge of a language that you have been studying. As there isn’t a easier way to learn than just communicating with local people. Your ability to speak multiple languages will make you more marketable to future employers.
Deciding to go and live abroad for a few months can be a daunting, but exciting, decision. However, once you are there and interning on your own it gives you a very real sense of independence.
5. Create international network
You can never have too many people in your network. During your internship abroad, you will make connections with your host employer, other interns, and other leaders within your industry overseas.
One of the best reasons to do an internship abroad is because you get to keep traveling! Of course you’ll be living in a new country for a year or semester, but you can use your weekends outside of internship to visit new cities and countries.
When you finish your study abroad program and return home, you will return with a new perspective on culture, language skills, a great education, and a willingness to learn. Needless to say, all of these are very attractive to future employers.
Many students find that they love their host country so much that they decide to seek work there. If you can relate, you will find that a local education will be very valuable when searching for a potential job in that country.
There is nothing quite like being on your own in a foreign country. You might find that studying abroad really brings out your independent nature. Students who study abroad become explorers of their new nation and really discover the curiosity and excitement that they harbor.
A benefit to studying abroad is the opportunity to discover yourself while gaining an understanding of a different culture. Being in a new place by yourself can be overwhelming at times, and it tests your ability to adapt to diverse situations while being able to problem solve.
9. Make lifelong friends
One of the biggest benefits of studying abroad is the opportunity to meet new lifelong friends from different backgrounds. While doing an internship abroad, you work and live with different people from all around the world. This gives you the opportunity to really get to know and create lasting relationships with your fellow students.
After the internship ends, make an effort stay in contact with your international friends.
An internship abroad can be described as a lot of things such as: demanding, life changing, thrilling, nerve-wracking, but it will also always be fun. An internship abroad is a fun adventure filled with new skills, breathtaking views, lasting friendships, and tons of memories.