Many students looking to do an international internship filter out unpaid internship opportunities.
Here’s why this may be a mistake.
Why an international internship?
Getting international experience is great on your resume. In the long run, it may pay off much more than the money you would earn at a summer job or internship in the US. It means that you can illustrate your ability to work with people from different backgrounds and cultures. These are skills that are highly valued in today’s hiring environment.
International internships also give you access to a large network of people. And networks are how people get jobs. You may meet just the right person who will help you get that dream job later on. These connections can prove invaluable to people in the future, both personally and professionally.
An international internship may also be less competitive and can allow you to get job experience that might be otherwise impossible in the US. Through an internship, you will get training and build your skillset, rather than getting stuck doing menial administrative tasks that don’t further your career goals. Using an unpaid international internship to allow you to get real experience is a solid long-term investment.
Why an unpaid internship?
Just because an internship is unpaid doesn’t mean you can’t get it funded. You can often find funding through your university for international unpaid internships, travel, or research. Many universities are beginning to offer fellowships or scholarships to support unpaid international internships. Part of this is because international labour laws often prohibit organisations from paying international interns. In addition, acquiring a work visa can be a long and difficult process.
Consequently, universities are using different strategies to assist students in getting international work experience. Check with your study abroad office and career services office to see if they offer any funding for unpaid internships or travel. You can even apply for research funding and make research a part of your internship. There are even ways to self-fund your internship.
Lastly, you will get to experience the best of both worlds. While growing your career you’ll also get to travel the world!
Take the opportunity
The if i could… programme offers international internships in a variety of focus areas in Cape Town, New Delhi, Hanoi and Athens. Our interns have contributed to the developing sectors in these cities and we are excited to offer you the same opportunity to make a difference.
Cape Town and New Delhi are vibrant, culture-rich cities with many opportunities to make a difference. Schedule a Skype with a Programme Coordinator today by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or applying directly on our website.