Why do an internship abroad?

Benefits of doing an internship

Considering this: “learning is not confined to childhood or the classroom, but takes place throughout life and in a range of situations”. Moving away from the comfort of books and theories to the workplace, where you must put what you've learned into practice, can be a daunting undertaking. An internship is an important part of any education, and is integral for a smooth transition from university to the labour market.

Working within a company is often an eye-opening experience. It is almost impossible to fully understand the realities of your chosen career without actually working in it. It’s a great way to try out your chosen field to make sure you like it before you commit on a more permanent basis and also one of the best ways to make new friends and contacts within the industry.

Therefore, an internship will not only boost your personal skills but will also give you a new perspective on your future.

Why do an internship abroad?

Students who study abroad gain experience that is unparalleled and invaluable. Cultural immersion is an essential aspect of going abroad and provides students with a basic understanding of different cultural norms and values, especially when as it relates to business. Not only will you need to adjust to the new culture, but you will also have to get accustomed to the different working cultures in your workplace.

As you can imagine, work culture varies from country to country. Your internship will give you a unique perspective, showing you how things are done in different cultures and allowing you to learn from this. This “new perspective” can only be developed through an international internship and will give you an extra edge when you start looking for work.

An international internship is not just about working, however. Living in a new country gives you the opportunity to develop language skills in the best environment possible – a place where you'll be forced to speak it yourself. You will find your skills developing at a rapid pace due to this immersion. It is not your internship itself that allows you to do this, but your time in another country – working and living with local people.

interns at work

Eurasmus believes in the benefits of doing your internship abroad. 

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