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Internship Programs

  • This category lists programs designed to give you international experience in your field.
  • International work experience impresses, it helps getting jobs with top companies.
  • Can be paid or unpaid. Unpaid internship is like taking an extra course to help get your job.

Many people who inquire about international internships are actually inquiring about jobs abroad. But internship as such is not a job. Internship is what you do in order to get your dream job. It’s one of the steps towards that goal alongside getting a college degree and learning a foreign language.

International internship programs are specifically designed to help you gain international work experience. That impresses every employer simply because it is something that not every job candidate has. International work experience is  especially helpful if you want to land a job at a top international company.

Internships can be either unpaid or paid.

Paid international  internships are the norm in the hospitality and catering industry. In other industries they are rare to non-existent. In some cases, interns may get a stipend towards covering their living expenses.

If you are really after a quality internship, be careful of the paid ones. Top companies don’t have too many reasons to let you spend time with them, help you learn the tricks of the trade and give you money on the top of that. Paid interns are often just paid helpers.

If you can’t afford unpaid international internship, or rather your living expenses in the country, you may take a work travel program first and try to make money for the internship that way. Check also with your school, government or international organizations. For instance the EU supports international internships through the Leonardo program.

All in all, employers do not like to hire people without enough previous work experience. If you are after a prestigious job, showing international internship on your CV, references from international employers and in some instances a formal qualification, such as from the British Edexcel, helps you stand above the other candidates.

In this sense, internship is like getting another degree, or taking a course to learn one more foreign language.

Note: The BBC World Service – Business Daily had an interesting 19 minute program called “Young, talented and unemployable” on 29 Sep 2010. Download it as mp3 to your computer or iPod directly from the BBC archive.


6 Responses to “Internship Programs”
  1. ani says:

    Im a student and i want to get jab there,I can do work with files or smth like that,if you can help me please write me more information about this.and one question we should pay for lessons?

    • admin says:

      Hi Ani, we do not quite understand your question. We recommend you reading descriptions of the programs shown on this website to get a better idea what is available and how the programs work. You may also want to work on your English if you are serious about doing an internship abroad. Check the Language Courses section.

  2. Arvin says:

    I’m a graduating student in BS hotel and restaurant management this April and I’m thinking of working or training in US. I don’t have any employer or place to train yet. I just thought of trying this one. Can you guys help me?

    • admin says:

      Dear Arvin, the USA program is not a placement program, see the very first sentence of its description. Great unpaid internships are available in South Africa and great partly-paid internships in Mauritius. If you are a citizen of the European Union (you didn’t mention your citizenship) you could also apply for one of the UK-bound programs.

  3. Lina says:

    Hi, I’m Lina from Colombia, I want to be an intern of Computer Engineering and I really appreciate if you send me information about how it works and how can you help me in the proccess! Thanks

    • admin says:

      Hello Lina, the procedure is different for every country and every program. So go ahead, choose the program you like, read its conditions and check that you are eligible. The application procedure is always shown on the “How to apply panel”.

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