Like so many other things, international internships look different this year due to the pandemic. The virus may have curtailed travel, but don’t let it deter your access to the unique opportunities afforded by an international internship. With internship programs available in 13 countries in several fields, there’s a good chance you can find the best program to match your academic and personal interests.Internships are as valuable as ever, perhaps even more so in a competitive job market. Research conducted in 2015 found that 63 percent of college graduates who completed a paid internship received a job offer, compared to 35 percent who never interned. Also, graduates with paid internships received a starting salary that was 28 percent higher than their peers without internship experience.
International internships provide students with a critical opportunity to enhance their cross-cultural and virtual communication skills, gain real-world work experience, and make their resume stand out in a competitive global job market. There are myriad advantages to an international internship professionally and personally.
Internships Provide a Competitive Edge
A 2016 survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) indicates that the starting salary for college graduates who completed a paid internship and were employed in a private, for-profit company was more than $20,000 higher than those who didn’t complete an internship. The same study found that 72.2 percent of college graduates with internship experience got a job offer, in contrast to 36.5 percent for those who didn’t complete one. These numbers show that pursuing an internship during your college years can add a competitive edge on your side, increasing your opportunity to get a well-paying job after graduation.
Interning has always provided a competitive edge in the job market, but interning abroad adds another dimension that may make you even more valuable in a future employer’s eyes.
The Unique Advantages of a Remote Internship
- Immersion in a foreign language (for some), expanded global awareness, and increased understanding of different cultures are crucial skills for many employers. Students who become fluent in another language are not only more attractive to potential employers, but they earn more on average. Fluency in a foreign language has been named the hottest job skill due to increasing job opportunities for bilingual speakers.
- Being bilingual also offers other benefits. Studies suggest that students who study a second language are more creative, better problem-solvers and multitaskers, and more confident in their choices.
- As organizations continue to expand globally, they will likely seek employees who have global cultural awareness. Recent graduates who understand cultural customs and sensitivities will stand out from the crowd.
- Connections are vital to your career and personal life. All internships can enable you to build meaningful professional relationships, but an international internship will allow you the opportunity to create relationships with people in other countries that you may not have had the chance to meet otherwise.
- Internships encourage you to grow and discover yourself personally as well as professionally. An international internship can help you develop commitment, self-motivation, and integrity. You’ll gain experience adjusting to a new culture that will enable you to be more flexible and poised for whatever challenge may lie ahead.
The IFSA Remote International Internship placement team will work with you one-on-one to find the best fit to match your background, skills, and goals. IFSA’s semester-long, competitive, remote internship placements feature 12 fields in 13 locations. If you’re ready to accelerate your educational and professional journey with a remote international internship, connect with us now. Don’t miss this opportunity to prepare for your future!