Enhance Your Resume with an Internship Abroad
We are happy to assist you in finding an internship in your field of study in a foreign country. The objective of internships is to enhance foreign language and intercultural skills through a structured experiential program.
This Study & Internship program typically combines a minimum 4 week Standard Group Language Study program followed up with a minimum of 6 to 16 week Internship Work Experience placement in the community.
All opportunities will work in partnership with local people in a variety of community-based projects. This unique program offers exciting hands-on work opportunities, meaningful cultural immersion, and an enriching language program.
Many university age students arrange academic credit for internships with their home university, with placement assistance and supervision provided by the foreign school. Some foreign schools also send progress reports to the student's home university. Programs for academic credit need to be defined well in advance.
Internships (except teaching English) require ‘functional’ foreign language skills and final interviews with local employers. When interviews are successfully concluded, some students work full-time, while others work part-time while continuing to study and improve language skills through hands-on work experience.
Scheduling, interviewing and acceptance of an internship is the responsibility of the student. The school suggests employers and provides introductions, however, determining if you are right for the job and visa-versa is between you and the employer.
The local coordinator may mediate between you and the employer if misunderstandings arise and assist with second placements if necessary, but they cannot guarantee success. While most internships are successful, some are not. The biggest problems relate to two factors: a lack of language skills to do the job and intern/employer differences regarding work norms and expectations.