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Differences Between Interning Abroad vs US

Interning abroad is a valuable way to learn more about another culture, develop cross-cultural competencies, perfect a second (or third) language, make professional contacts in other countries, and strengthen your resume for a future job or graduate/professional programs.

The aforementioned things that make international internships beneficial and exciting are the same things that can be challenges.  As you consider an international internship, ask yourself truthfully the following questions:

  • Do I have the appropriate language-level to intern and/or live in my country of interest?  (If unsure, talk to the Modern Language Department!  They can assist you in determining language level.)
  • Am I prepared to adapt to and integrate into a new culture and office environment at the same time? 
  • Am I flexible in what my work schedule and work week may look like?
  • Am I willing to live in housing temporarily that might mean a host family stay or roommates? 
  • Is commuting to work via public transportation something I’m willing to do? 
  • Is having an international internship more important than the exact internship placement?

If you answered “yes” to most of these questions, you are in good stead to apply for an international internship.  If you answered “no” to the majority of the questions, take some time to reflect on how your expectations for the experience mesh with what some of the realities may be in regards to interning abroad.