Why you should do an internship

Feb 15, 2017 | Application, Successful

If you are not yet sure whether or not to do an internship – maybe even in a foreign country – you should consider the following facts. This article will show you the incredible benefits of doing an internship abroad.

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An experience in the “real world” is the perfect way to enter in the working environment and to start your future career, while earning university credits at the same time. Let’s take a look at the advantages of an internship in another country:

Professional contact

Every single person you’ll get to know in a professional environment can be valuable one day for your successful further career. If you make a good impression during your internship, the company may recommend you to others. For example, the HR manger or a supervisor will write you a reference letter, which you can use for other applications. Most jobs today are obtained through recommendations and networking. By doing an internship you get to meet new people in your business field and reach better contacts.

Industry knowledge

You will get the chance to gain knowledge and practical experience, which you can’t learn in university or anywhere else. You will be exposed to real problems and it’ll be your chance to use your theoretical knowledge to find a solution.

Increased confidence

By working, you will see how you can impact the success of your department and even the whole company. That way, you’ll be more aware of your own skills, your abilities and your value in the business.

Possible career

Studies of the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE) show that 60 % of college graduates with internship experience received at least one job offer afterwards. So, an internship is a great entry to your future career.

Resume boost

It can be very difficult for a student to gain some work experience. Mostly there is just not enough time to concentrate on your studies and working at the same time. Therefore, an internship, e.g. in the summer holidays, is the perfect way to gain some practical experience.

Personal growth 

It’s not just your CV that will benefit from this experience, YOU also will. To be abroad and to get to know another (work-)culture will be an unforgettable experience in your life and you’ll be able to tell your grandchildren one day about that!

One step closer

Sometimes an internship didn’t have the effect you wanted, as you learnt the field is not the right one for you. But even if it didn’t interest you – take it positively! Now you are able to narrow down your list of potential careers and can concentrate on other areas.

Myriad possibilities

Nowadays, you can choose from all kinds of internships in different countries! The world has no limit!  You want to do a hospitality internship in Panama? A sales internship in Malta? E-business in the UK? Or Events management in Spain? Go for it!


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