Benefits of International Internship
If doing an Internship from home can lift your profile high above your peers, think how far you will leave them behind with an Internship abroad. Not just that, an abroad internship gives you a whole new dimension of viewing things. It also opens up a world of limitless opportunities and chances.
Cross-cultural skills and sensitivity
Because you will be working with local employees (and quite possibly employees who don’t speak English), you have the opportunity to learn from the people you meet in the workplace and outside it. Almost every job posting, regardless of industry, highlights cross-cultural skills and sensitivity as a key requirement.
Escaping the Indian bubble
Not only will you be living in a foreign country, you will also be working in an office that could be entirely different from the typical Indian office environment. Adapting to a new office environment shows flexibility on your part and a willingness to learn.
Even if your internship has little do to with the career path you choose to follow in the future, odds are that you will learn and refine transferable skills to help you in your job search, such as: flexibility, written and oral communication skills, and critical thinking and analysis (just to name a few).
A lesson in independence
Much like studying abroad, interning abroad requires (and helps you develop) a certain level of independence. Depending on how you find an internship – on your own or through a program provider – there will be things to arrange before your internship, like housing, a work or internship visa, and academic credit at your home university. Program providers like AIFS guide you through this process and help you navigate foreign bureaucracy. Either way, navigating your host country and city will be up to you; think of it as the personal development that comes along with the professional development of your internship.
Through your internship you’ll be able to build an international network of contacts. The people you develop relationships with could help you secure a lead on a job in your field or host country, or perhaps even a job offer at the end of your internship. At the very least, you can ask your boss for a recommendation for future job applications.
Gaining experience in your field
If you know what field you’re interested in, you can gain the practical experience you need to get ahead in the field. Employers are much more likely to hire someone who already has at least some experience in the field than someone who does not have any experience at all.
Gaining new skills
If you’re unsure about what you want to do after graduation, interning abroad gives you the opportunity to test something out. You may decide it’s the perfect career field for you. But you might also decide you would rather pursue something else, and that’s OK too. But, you will be glad you had the opportunity to try it out first.
A lot of students who were initially introverts, after taking an abroad internship have become socially more confident. This goes on to prove that an internship abroad nurtures confidence in an individual. This is because the completely different environment makes you take challenges head-on with little or no support. This experience gives you greater self-confidence to take on greater challenges in your career in future.
Increased language proficiency
Even if you have been studying a language for years and studied abroad in that language, interning abroad in your country of choice enables you to learn a new set of vocabulary. Whether it’s learning the right words to communicate with customers, discussing work specifics with your colleagues, or learning technical vocabulary related to your industry, you will only increase your language proficiency!
Boost your CV
Experience of living and working abroad can really boost your CV/resume. It shows that you’re not afraid of a challenge and that you are willing to accommodate change. What’s more, it shows that you have a global business awareness that many applicants lack.