If you want to complete college internships abroad, you will quickly find that doing so isn’t cheap. You probably won’t get paid for the internship, need to pay for your ticket there, and have to arrange your own accommodation. While those are significant downsides, you should not let them put you off completing an internship as you can. Let’s take a look at the 10 biggest benefits associated with investing in your own future.
10 Benefits of College Internships Abroad
- You will learn important cross-cultural sensitivity and other skills. You will immerse yourself in a new culture and perhaps even language. This teaches you invaluable life skills that will serve you very well for the rest of your life.
- You will be able to get out of what is known as the ‘American Bubble’. Too many people in this country will never experience anything that isn’t American and this leaves them with a very narrow view of the world around them.
- You will gain important transferable skills. This is something you can enjoy regardless of where you complete your internship.
- You will learn to become independent. If you stay in this country, your support network is never really far away. By going abroad, you will have to learn to be independent.
- Going abroad for your internship is a fantastic opportunity to increase your networking skills. Networking is vital in the business world and if you can start to build contacts across the globe, you will be a step ahead of most other people.
- You will gain experience in your chosen field. Again, this is a benefit you can enjoy regardless of where you complete your internship but it is nevertheless a very important one.
- You will gain new skills. This is also something that will happen regardless of where you complete your internship, but by going abroad, you add that those skills also cross cultural and geographical boundaries.
- You will earn academic credits. You would do so with an at home internship as well, but you may find that your college or university gives you more credits for going abroad. Make sure you look into that.
- You will improve your language proficiency. You may just find that you will have to learn a completely new language. However, even if you go somewhere where English is widely spoken, you will have to improve your own skills by dropping your accent and local slang.
- You will stand out. There continue to be very few students, on a global level, who go abroad for their internship. If you are one of those very few, you immediately show current and prospective employers that you are special and better than everybody else, because you are willing to take risks.
An internship abroad is costly, yes, but it can be done. You must see it as a very worthy investment into your own future. You are worth investing in!