What You Need to Consider Before Applying to an International Internship

One thing that every student should try to do at least once would be to get the chance to go abroad. While going abroad for a vacation can be enlightening, doing something like volunteering, a job, or even signing up for different international internship programs. This cultural enrichment is eye-opening; you get new perspectives and a new eye on life. It’s honestly so refreshing. But when it comes to applying to these, especially international internships, there are things you need to think about.

It’s not a walk in the park, and it’s not always going to be easy; there are so many considerations, more considerations than you’d imagine. Honestly, there are way more considerations than going to said destination for vacation. But at the end of the day, it’s worth it, but you just need to do some research first. So, here is exactly what you need to know before applying to an international internship.

Can It Align with Your Career Goals?

Honestly, one issue that a lot of people have is going off the assumption that internships are a cakewalk and that an international internship is going to feel like a vacation. News flash, it’s further from the case. When it comes to your career, you’re going to want financial prosperity, right? Well, the only way to really do that is through ensuring that you can honestly reach your career goals.

Consider whether the experience will enhance your skills, knowledge, and resume. Will it open up opportunities in your chosen field or industry? Ensure that the internship is a meaningful step toward your professional aspirations. While a destination might be fun, it may not make much of an impact on your career like you actually need.

Will You Like the Destination?

Is the location known for being unsafe? What about expensive? What is the cost of living? Is there public transport? Do you know the local language? Is it a culture that you could easily integrate into? Honestly, choosing the right destination is crucial. So, you’re going to want to go ahead and consider the language spoken (this especially), the cost of living (especially if you don’t get paid), and the cultural environment.

Ideally, you’re going to want to go ahead and even research the political stability and safety of the country you’re interested in.  While locations near a beach or in a major city might sound fun, will this even help your professional goals?

Can You Obtain a Visa?

Visa requirements alone could make it literally impossible to get into a certain country. Some countries will only give out so many visas for certain countries, some countries are on a blacklist, or the requirements for getting a visa could feel next to impossible. So, honestly, before picking a destination or program, it’s best to see if you could even get the visa in the first place. It’s horrible to think, but honestly, for a lot of people, it’s the visa that stands in the way, and sometimes it’s going to be the only thing. So you have to make sure you look into this far before you set your hopes and dreams on a particular destination.

Written by Eric

37-year-old who enjoys ferret racing, binge-watching boxed sets and praying. He is exciting and entertaining, but can also be very boring and a bit grumpy.