Internship abroad, Alex tells you how!
How do I actually find an internship abroad? And what needs to be organized before I can actually go abroad?
Before and during my studies I did a total of four semesters abroad. That is precisely why I want to discuss this in a blog post. So if you plan to do an internship abroad in the future, read on!
Finding an internship abroad
Especially when you want to go abroad for the first time for a long time, it is of course exciting and you would prefer to get a checklist with what you should or should not arrange. At least that was certainly the case with me! That is why I have listed the most important points for you!
Do you already have an idea where you want to go? Or do you not know that yet, but do you think it is very important that you learn a lot during your internship abroad?
The first step in finding a suitable internship abroad is to make the right choices. In the end you can go all over the world! If you want to learn a lot about your later job during your internship, it is useful to go to a country where there is actually hard work.
I was always lucky with that, in Brussels and New York just as in a smaller village in Denmark. But you can also be unlucky in New York and end up in a company where you are not allowed to do anything at all except make copies or get coffee and donuts. So first take a look at what your goals for the internship are and whether the countries on your preferred list are suitable.
Do you need a visa?
I wanted to do an internship to Brazil – but I had to go abroad for 5 months to study and there was no suitable visa with which I could actually have worked for so long.
I made the beginner mistake and only started figuring this out after I found an internship. Invested a lot of time in something, which does not work! To prevent this, I would advise you to first find out whether you need a visa and if so, what the conditions for the visa are and whether that meets the conditions for your internship.
Think about financing
Another important step before you actually start looking for an internship abroad: How are you going to pay for it all?
In some countries trainees receive quite a good internship allowance, in other countries very little or nothing at all. There is also a difference in part, depending on whether it is a compulsory internship or a volunteer.
So it is important to think in advance how you want to finance it. If you do not have enough savings, there are all possibilities, for example the Erasmusbeurs span> (for an internship in Europe), extra student finance or other grants. Be sure to find this out on time, as there are often deadlines and you don’t want to miss this!
Find an internship
Now it is finally time: You can look for an internship! So first prepare your CV – the way it is normal in the country you want to go to.
In the US, for example, you may absolutely not have a photo on your CV, but in Germany it is desirable. Tip: Just search on Google and you will find out very quickly. If you are applying in English (or any other language), have it checked by someone who is native (or at least speaks fluently).
The easiest way is of course if your university or college has a database about possible internships abroad. This is often the case when an internship is compulsory – just ask the internship supervisors, who can certainly help you further.
Or contact students who have been studying for a year and who have been abroad. During their internship they have certainly built up a network and can put you in touch with someone. You can also contact them with practical questions.
If this does not apply, there are also internship offices which can help you find an internship. This often costs money but can save you a lot of work. It is important to know that in most other countries it is not really common to do an internship project or a graduation assignment at a company.
So I didn’t get any support from the company in New York to find a suitable assignment (they had to approve it) or work on my graduation assignment during office hours. Depending on the country, this is not necessarily useful to start with during the first conversation, because many companies mainly want little hassle with trainees.
Have you found an internship abroad? Congratulations! Before you actually start working abroad, there is still something to organize.
Insurance for an internship abroad , a room or apartment , maybe a visa, the financing … there is still plenty to do. Be sure to schedule enough time for this and don’t postpone it until the last minute. That saves you a lot of stress! And believe me, I speak from experience …
Pack suitcases and go with that banana!
You are almost ready to go! Just pack your bags and then you can really go to your internship abroad.
Check the dress code with your future employer in time and make sure you have the right clothes with you. But don’t worry too much, because besides your passport and credit card you can still buy almost everything on the spot!
If you regularly need to take medication, I recommend that you check in advance whether you can easily obtain it or take it with you abroad. And then: Off to abroad!…