“An international internship is a great way of gaining experience in your chosen field and putting your skills into practice, whilst getting a taste of full-time employment. Choosing to intern abroad is also a way of proving your ability to work under pressure and to perform under more challenging circumstances. Your experience abroad will also give you a new, unique perspective by introducing you to different cultures and allowing you to learn from this,” says former if i could… Programme Coordinator, Jess.
Wanting to intern abroad?
By heading out on an internship abroad, you will show your future employers that you are the kind of person who makes opportunities for yourself rather than waiting for something to happen. Employers rate confidence, initiative and interpersonal skills as three of the most important attributes for employment.
It’s good for you as a person
There are countless professional benefits of choosing to intern abroad. But let’s not discount the personal benefits too. Your international internship will boost your confidence, broaden your horizons, and give you a sense of accomplishment that you will carry with you for the rest of your life. Traveling abroad not only educates you about the people and places you visit, but you often learn mostly about yourself.
In Cape Town, Hanoi, Athens and New Delhi, you will gain a much broader view of current events. In addition, you’ll dive deeper into topics within your own field of study in the development sector. This will help you in life to manage future challenges differently and solve problems from a better perspective.
Yes, you are there to work but you won’t be working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Most internships allow you the flexibility to include travel and exploration of your new city. Whether it be to travel, eat, dance, sing, sightsee, hike, climb, trek, swim, tour, or anything else that sounds fun to you. And better yet, with if i could… you get to explore with other internationals on the same programme.
All shapes & sizes
Employers want to know that you are able to work with (and for) all different types of people. An international internship shows that you can adapt to different cultures and styles. It shows future bosses that you are not afraid to step out of your comfort zone and that you have successfully worked alongside people who are significantly different from you (often in more ways than one).
As a student, you may think that you know a lot about the job. However, as an intern, you have actually DONE the job. You have proof that you can take what you’ve learned and apply it in the real working world.
Foreign Language Skills
With our programmes you could either pick up Hindi in India or delve into one of the 11 official languages in South Africa. We offer Xhosa lessons in Cape Town and Hindi lessons in New Delhi. Learning a foreign language makes you a more suitable job candidate, in every industry, in this globalized world. We offer classes in both locations. The best way to truly learn the language is to live it.
We offer an extensive orientation to make sure you are well settled in your new city and accommodation assistance to help you find your home-away-from-home. We also arrange weekly outings so you can connect with other interns on the programme and plan trips together.
But by far still the number one reason should be: It’s An Experience of a lifetime that no amount of money could ever buy!
Our applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Look through our internship locations to find out more about our programme, and apply over here. We would love to hear from you, so contact our team to start planning to intern abroad with if i could…