How to Find an Internship Abroad

“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer” – Unknown

One of the greatest aspects about Elon (in my opinion) is the importance placed on internships and studying abroad. Living in another country is a transformative experience that allows you to become a part of another culture. In addition to studying abroad, you also have the opportunity to intern abroad. Interning abroad is a fantastic way to get experience in your desired career field while working in a new environment with a diverse group of people.

So, thinking about interning overseas? Awesome! Now, you may ask yourself: Where do I begin to look for an internship abroad?

Explore Trade Associations
Trade Associations, also known as industry trade groups, are comprised of numerous companies in the same market of business with common interests. Trade associations work to create industry standards and publicize the interests of the industry. To utilize trade associations for the purpose of obtaining an internship, go to the website of a trade association that interests you, such as the Public Relations Society of America (http://www.prsa.org/). There you will find a list of companies within this trade association to contact about potential internships.

Research U.S. companies with international offices
Interning in another country doesn’t necessarily require you to work for a foreign company. Countless U.S. based companies have offices all over the world. Search U.S. companies to see where their international offices are located.

Search internship websites
There are many sites which cater to students finding internships abroad. Below are a few sites to check out:
http://www.globalplacement.com/
http://aejmc.net/icig/resources2.htm
http://www.designfirms.org/directory/pr/international
http://www.europe-internship.com/
http://www.internmatch.com/
http://irtsfoundation.org/aboutus.html

Utilize LinkedIn
LinkedIn is an amazing social networking resource that allows users to connect with professionals all over the world. With more than 225 million users in over 200 countries and territories, you literally have the world right at your fingertips. Use your profile and link with professionals locally and globally to learn about prospective internship opportunities. Don’t be afraid to reach out and put yourself out there. So, update your status to let folks know you’re looking for an international internship. You may be surprised at the response and who can help you.

Utilize alumni
Not only should you be connecting with professionals on LinkedIn, but alumni are another great resource to help you in landing an internship. Elon also offers many fun networking events to connect with alumni in the area, so take advantage of these when possible.

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