A great way to boost your resume is to spice it up with a bit of international experience. If you’re not ready to dive into the job market just yet, you may want to consider a internship abroad to help get you started.
If you are already studying abroad, you can check the career center at your host college, or hop on the web and do some internship searches. A great way to get the most out of your semester abroad is to couple your study abroad program with an internship abroad. Internships are a great way to further your cultural immersion and really learn something about the place you are living, all while boosting your resume.
For example, if you’re looking for a job in the fashion industry in America, it will look really good on your resume to have spent a semester studying in Paris, and interning for a french clothing label. Not only will you have unique contacts in the European industry, but you’ll have first hand experience with business practices in France. The same goes for just about any country.
During your time in-country, you’ll meet people on a professional level as well as a social level, and you’ll learn a thing or two about international corporate culture. Internships while studying abroad can open some amazing opportunities for future employment, at home, and abroad.
Students who study abroad can add international experience to their resumes, even if they don’t complete internships or job training overseas. The fact that they were willing and able to adjust and learn in a foreign environment, and the fact that they have experience and knowledge of other cultures makes them that much more attractive to future employers.
An internship abroad, coupled with a study abroad program can be a great career building experience, and you’ll probably have a lot of fun learning the ropes in another country.
Next time: Finding a paid internship abroad.