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3 Amazing International  Internships For Aspiring Lawyers


By: Mikayla Colthirst-Reid | Posted on: 03 Dec 2019

You can see it now… your name displayed in your law firm’s logo. You’ve put in your time, working your way through the ranks. You’ve made partner! Of course, there are a few key steps to take before that coveted title becomes yours–starting with being hired by your first law firm.

What sets truly exceptional job applicants apart from the rest? Hands-on experience.

Book knowledge is important (especially when considering a field that requires an in-depth knowledge of specific laws and regulations) but nothing quite compares to the practical knowledge gained from practicing a skill and immersing yourself within the work environment.

Adding an internship to your resume is the perfect way to prove to potential employers that you not only possess the head knowledge required for the position, but you also have the practical skills and industry experience to back that up.

If you are an aspiring lawyer looking for ways to boost your resume, here are three international internship programs you definitely need to check out! 

    1. Malawi: Wildlife Justice Legal Internship

If you’ve got a heart for protecting wildlife, this Malawian internship might be for you. Travel to this South African country to join the ranks of those fighting against what has become the world’s fourth-largest transnational crime: illegal wildlife trade.

As animal poaching and illegal trading have become more and more prevalent in Malawi, so have the efforts to combat these crimes. The Malawian government has partnered with non-profit organizations to increase the monitoring and prosecution of wildlife crimes.

As an intern in this program, you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside court monitors and lawyers in analyzing courtroom data and doing valuable research needed for each case. You will also be involved in education and animal advocacy efforts, aimed at spreading awareness of the growing wildlife trading problem.

This is the perfect internship for individuals with a passion for animals and a willing readiness to immerse yourself in an important social cause. The insider skills and industry experience you’ll pick up during your time in Malawi will truly enhance your resume and make you a well-rounded lawyer.

 

2. Bangkok: Law Internship

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Interested in business and economic litigation? As the economy continues to grow in Thailand, so does the number of international businesses looking to expand within this market. The highly regulated and controlled Thai economy makes the jobs of lawyers and aspiring lawyers, like yourself, all the more important.

This internship will provide you many opportunities to strengthen and practice your law skills. Interns will have the opportunity to work in corporate law, criminal law, and administrative law. Throughout your work in each law sector, you will be closely supervised by a mentor who is available for support.

Being located in Thailand, this internship will also give you familiarity with another nation’s legal system, an asset few other aspiring lawyers can claim.

You will be hard-pressed to find another internship as well-rounded as this opportunity in Bangkok. The program supervisors work hard to give you the skills, direct mentorship, and opportunities you’ll need to become an exceptional lawyer.

3. Tanzania: Human Rights and Legal Aid Internship

Human Rights & Legal Aid Internship in Tanzania
Due to historical and cultural views of women in Tanzania, many women are finding themselves in a place of destitution when they lack men in their lives to provide for their financial needs. Non-profit organizations and Legal Aid clinics are working tirelessly to support women and children who find themselves in these positions, in addition to educating the public.

Individuals who participate in this internship program will have the opportunity to work closely with women in need, helping them prepare for important court proceedings. Interns will also help run educational workshops, and even spend time in court.

If you’re looking for a program that will give you courtroom experience and the opportunity to work closely with lawyers and paralegals, book your flight to Tanzania because this internship is for you.

Potential employers love to see applicants with internship experience on their resume. Seizing the opportunity to enhance your law skills while experiencing another culture is a no-brainer! Not only will these internships improve your qualifications for job applications, they will also truly be a once in a lifetime experience you will never forget.

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Four Must-See Countries to Visit For Your Internship Abroad


By: Mikayla Colthirst-Reid | Posted on: 03 Dec 2019

When it comes to interning abroad, the sky is truly the limit! There are internship programs for every industry, background, and personality in just about every corner of the globe.

Always wanted to visit Europe? There’s an internship for that! Have you dreamed about journeying to Africa? There are plenty of internship programs that could take you there.

Of course, internships are about far more than satisfying your travel bug. They are a fantastic addition to your resume and a wonderful way to refine your work-related skills, making you a more qualified and competent applicant when it comes time to find a job.

International internships offer the perfect combination of hands-on job experience and once in a lifetime travel opportunities. If you are looking for an exciting destination for your international internship, here are a few countries you should check out:

  1. Cambodia

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Located in Southeastern Asia, Cambodia offers unique experiences for individuals who choose to intern there. The diverse landscape offers beautiful sandy beaches, dense jungles, and an idyllic countryside.

For history lovers, Cambodia is also home to one of the 7 Wonders of the World and the largest religious monument in the world: Angkor Wat. This expansive array of temples was built in the 12th century and is considered an architectural masterpiece! A weekend trip to Angkor Wat is worth putting on your internship bucket list.

If you are interested in a unique cultural experience, an internship in Cambodia might be for you! Here are a few Cambodian internship programs you should check out:


2. New Zealand

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Despite frequently being cast in the shadow of its more famous next-door neighbor, Australia, New Zealand has much to offer interested interns. If you’ve ever seen the well-loved Lord of the Rings franchise, you’re already familiar with how beautiful this small island nation truly is.

From the snow-covered mountain ranges to the beautiful coastal beaches, New Zealand is known to have some of the most breathtaking views this world has to offer. In addition to its incredible landscape, New Zealand is home to a variety of unique animal species including several bird species who do not have the ability to fly.

If seeing animals that can’t be found anywhere else in the world sparks your interest, check out these New Zealand internships:


3. Peru

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Why should you consider choosing Peru for your next internship? Two words: Machu Picchu. Another of the 7 Wonders of the World, this ancient Incan citadel is worth a visit. While interning in Peru, you won’t regret taking a weekend trip to tour Machu Picchu.

In addition to historical architecture, Peru’s capital of Lima is known for being a go-to spot for foodies. If you want a truly immersive cultural experience while enjoying a good meal, grab a bite at one of the local Peruvian restaurants…it’s sure to be a dinner you won’t forget.

Sound appealing? Check out these incredible internship opportunities and experience the wonders of Peru for yourself:


4. Fiji

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Tropical climate. Sandy beaches. Beautiful landscapes. What’s not to love? Fiji is well known for being an island paradise. If you consider yourself an outdoor enthusiast, unique outdoor adventures in Fiji are not in short supply.

Surrounded by the Great Astrolabe Reef, Fiji offers incredible opportunities for diving and encountering some of the world’s most incredible marine wildlife. You can also experience Fiji’s unique and endangered animals at Kula Eco Park.

If you want an internship that will feel like a tropical vacation, check out these internship programs in Fiji:

 

One of the best parts of choosing an international internship over a local program is the opportunity to see and experience other amazing places. Interning in another country allows the unique opportunity for a deep cultural immersion that your standard vacation does not. If you’re ready for the adventure of a lifetime while simultaneously boosting your resume, consider interning in one of these four amazing destinations.

 

Resources:

https://theculturetrip.com/asia/cambodia/articles/13-reasons-why-you-should-visit-cambodia-at-least-once-in-your-lifetime/

https://www.tourismcambodia.com/attractions/angkor/angkor-wat.htm

https://thepointsguy.com/2017/06/why-you-should-go-to-peru/

https://www.traveller.com.au/twenty-reasons-to-visit-fiji-1yuoz

 

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7 Myths About International Internships Debunked

7 myths about international internships debunked


By: Mikayla Colthirst-Reid | Posted on: 15 Nov 2019

Internships are becoming an increasingly common practice amongst young people looking to spruce up their resumes and improve their professional marketability. From the network connections to the mentoring opportunities, there are plenty of reasons to dedicate some time to learning as an intern.

International internships are also gaining traction with travel lovers. These opportunities combine valuable work experiences with the chance to explore new places and immerse yourself within another culture.

Despite the growing interest and popularity of internship programs, there are still several internship misconceptions that may cause many individuals to roll their eyes at the thought of participating in an international internship program.

Here are the top 7 Internship Myths Debunked!

1. Interns Only Do Menial Work
You can thank TV shows and movies for this one. Famous sitcoms, like The Office, often portray their interns as lazy or underutilized members of the team. Many people assume, as Hollywood has portrayed, that the job of an intern begins and ends with brewing coffee and making copies. It’s no wonder many individuals aren’t enthused by the possibility of an internship position! How boring!

However, in reality, interns are usually given specific tasks and projects to work on with the guidance of a qualified mentor. They are welcomed as part of the team and given opportunities to develop important skills that can be used in their professional careers.

2. Internships At Startup Companies Aren’t Worth It
Many people assume that the only internships worth taking are the ones at large, established companies, such as Google or Proctor & Gamble. Although these larger companies have excellent, well-established internship programs, smaller startup companies have a lot to offer as well.

Smaller companies offer often their interns greater responsibilities. You’re also more likely to serve the team in a variety of ways, allowing to gain a wider skill set and learn a lot about the industry.

3. Internships Are Only For College Students
More often than not, when people think of international internships, they immediately associate them with college study abroad programs. However, there are plenty of internship programs that are not university-affiliated and are looking for qualified participants of any age. For example, this Ecuadorian Entrepreneurship program favors applicants with professional business experience. Likewise, this Jamaican Veterinary Internship is ideal for professional veterinarians and veterinary nurses.

Even if you’ve already graduated and begun your career, internships are a wonderful way to refine your professional skills and share your knowledge with others.

4. If They Don’t Pay You, They Aren’t Worth It
There are huge discrepancies when it comes to internship compensation. Some internships offer hourly wages or salaries to their interns. Others provide stipends and other perks such as living or travel expenses. Still, others may (by financial necessity) require you as the intern to pay for certain parts of your program.

Many believe that you can judge the quality of an internship program by the amount of money they pay their interns. However, as previously discussed, there can be a huge value in working with smaller startup companies. Although they may not be able to pay as much (or at all) as larger, well-established corporations, these smaller companies offer hands-on experience in a variety of settings that larger companies (due to their size) are unable to accommodate.

5. International Internships Are Only In Europe
It is a widely held belief that if you’re wanting to work abroad, you’re going to be interning in Europe. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth! Although there are many amazing internship programs within European companies, countries all over the world are looking for highly qualified applicants to fill their internship positions.

Where have you always wanted to go? Perhaps you’ve always wanted to see Australia or travel to Japan. Whatever your dream destination happens to be, there is an amazing internship opportunity waiting for you.

6. Internships Abroad Are One Big Party
International internships offer unique opportunities for travel and adventure. How often do you get the opportunity to explore another country and immerse yourself in their culture?

However, because of the unique opportunities available for interns abroad, these programs are sometimes lumped into the same category as vacations or Spring Break trips, earning them the reputation of being a non-stop party.

Although this may become the experience for a small handful of interns, for the vast majority, internship programs are hard work and have high standards of professionalism. Internships offer so much more than a vacation.


7. If I Don’t Speak The Language, I Can’t Go
It’s a common misconception that you have to be proficient in order to participate in an internship program. This false belief has led many individuals to limit their internship search to only English speaking countries.

Not only is language proficiency not a requirement for many international internships, but there are also plenty of programs, such as this Chinese Language Exchange program, that actually require applicants to speak fluent English, not Chinese. Other programs, such as this Panda Care internship, offer language lessons as part of the internship.

Going on a project is also a great excuse to learn a new language!

 

International internships are an opportunity unlike any other. They offer valuable professional training combined with unique cultural experiences. Don’t let these common myths hold you back from the opportunity of a lifetime!

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Top 10 Reasons To Be An Intern (Even If You’ve Already Started Your Career)

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By: Mikayla Colthirst-Reid | Posted on: 15 Nov 2019

When most people think of internships, college probably comes to mind. Participating in at least one internship program during college is becoming an increasingly common practice. Some colleges and universities actually build internship semesters into their degree programs.

However, internship positions are not reserved solely for current college students. In fact, making time for an internship can reap rewards even if you’ve already started your career!

So whether you are currently attending university, are in between jobs, or have already begun your career and are looking for opportunities to branch out and learn some new valuable skills, here are 10 reasons to be an intern!

1. Enhance Your Resume
Employers prefer to hire candidates with experience. They are looking for individuals who have worked in similar settings or held similar positions. Applicants with industry-related internships on their resume are often chosen over other job candidates.

2. Gain New Skills
Internships offer the opportunity to learn or refine your work-related skills, making you a more qualified candidate for job openings. In addition to the learning that comes from trying new things in your day to day work, many internships have mentorship programs in which interns are able to follow closely and learn from an experienced mentor. These mentors model best practices through their example and provide valuable feedback aimed at helping the intern grow and improve.

3. Try Out Different Industries
If you are thinking of a career change or are still trying to make a decision regarding your future career plans, short-term internships are the perfect opportunity to try out different industries and see how they fit. Part-time internships or volunteer commitments will give you experience in the fields you are considering. You’ll be able to compare the strengths and weaknesses of different industries. This can be an important stepping stone in making long-term career decisions.

4. Grow Your Professional Reference List
When it comes time to apply for full-time positions, most reputable employers will ask for a reference list and, in many cases, several recommendation letters from colleagues and mentors. Internships are an excellent way to collect professional references from coworkers that have seen the work that you are capable of. It’s always a good idea to ask for reference letters from each of your internship mentors or bosses.

5. Land Potential Job Openings
One major benefit to becoming an intern is that you learn the inner workings of a particular company or organization. You understand their policies and procedures and are invested in the company life. This knowledge will give you a huge leg up when applying for full-time positions. Some organizations even allow interns to apply for job openings as internal candidates, giving you preference over other outside applicants.

6. Expand Your Network
Professional relationships matter. Having solid connections in your field and industry can make the ultimate difference when it comes to landing a job. Your network connections are a good place to turn when you are job hunting. They can point you towards potential job opportunities. They can also put in a good word for you with their company contacts or serve as one of your references.

7. Develop Your Communication Skills
With the rise of the digital age, employers are finding that strong in-person communication skills are harder to find in potential job candidates. However, the ability to communicate new ideas, appropriate handle conflict, and work productively with a team is necessary for the overall success of any organization. Internships provide the chance to practice and strengthen your communication skills, making you a more valuable part of any team.

8. Try Something New
Individuals grow personally and professionally when they challenge themselves to try new things. Internships provide the opportunity to practice new skills, explore new positions, and push yourself out of your comfort zone. In doing so, you will not only become a more versatile team member or employee, you will become a more well-rounded human being.

9. Explore New Places
If you’ve got a desire to see the world, you’re in luck! There are plenty of internships available in every corner of the world. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to visit Costa Rica or maybe a trip to Australia is on your bucket list. Where you want to go, there are internship programs that could take you there!

10. Expand Your Cultural Horizons
Cultural awareness is becoming an increasingly more important skill both in life and in the workplace. It allows an individual to see and appreciate the differences in those they work with. Cultural awareness also leads to greater curiosity and empathy, traits that highly sought after in productive team members. Internships provide the ability to work with people of all different cultures and backgrounds. If you are lucky enough to land an international internship position, you will have the opportunity for a truly immersive cultural experience!

There’s never a bad time for new learning experiences. Whether you’ve been working for years or you are just starting out, there are so many benefits to participating in a quality internship program.

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7 Ways To Make The Most of Your Internship Abroad

7 ways to make the most of your internship abroad


By: Mikayla Colthirst-Reid | Posted on: 31 Oct 2019

“Investment in travel is an investment in yourself!”

Matthew Karsten

An international internship is a once in a lifetime experience! Combining travel, valuable field experience, and unique cultural immersion opportunities, an internship abroad truly is something you don’t want to miss out on.

An international internship will likely have a lasting positive impact on your life. From a career perspective, it’s an excellent way to build your resume, add to your list network connections, and gain or refine important industry-related skills. On a personal level, living and working in another culture will challenge you to expand your horizons and see things in new ways.

If you’ve got an international internship coming up, here are a few tips for making the most of your time abroad!

  1. Seek Out A Mentor
    The primary purpose of an internship is to learn and grow your career-related skills. One of the best ways to do this by working with a mentor who can provide wisdom and insight as you refine your skills and navigate the company. Many internship programs have mentorship opportunities established. Others may require you to seek out your own personal mentor. Either way, you won’t regret the time you spend working with a mentor.

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2. Work Hard
Internships are a great work to learn and refine your craft and an excellent opportunity for networking. However, neither of these objectives can be accomplished without hard work. As you are learning and working in your internship position, seek out opportunities for new projects, ask questions, try new things, and most importantly, put your full effort into all that you do. The truly stand-out interns are not necessarily those with the most raw talent, but those with the work ethic and persistence to achieve success!

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3. Learn The Language
If you are planning to intern in a country where the language spoken is different from your own, it can be helpful to learn the language–especially if you plan to be there for an extended period of time. Not only will this make your day to day life in another country simpler, but it will show a vested interest in the local culture and will make it easier for you to form important relationships.

4. Check Out Local Favorites
A huge benefit to choosing an international internship is the opportunity to immerse yourself in another culture. A good way to truly “live the life” of the locals is to check out their local hotspots. Ask your friends and coworkers for recommendations for sites you should see and restaurants you should try. Their insights will likely give you a far more authentic picture of the culture and lead you to some truly incredible places, than Google searching “restaurants nearby” would.

5. Travel on The Weekends
If you’ve chosen an international internship, chances are you love to travel! Weekends are a great time for that. Plan some exciting mini-trips or long-weekends that includes a variety of sites and experiences. Ask the locals for suggestions on must-see places. If you are blessed with the opportunity to live in another country, take advantage of the chance to see as much of that country (or perhaps continent) as possible.

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6. Keep A Journal
You time working abroad will be filled with memorable experiences. From incredible sight-seeing adventures to invaluable work opportunities, you don’t want to forget the details of this experience. Take a journal with you and use it to record the details of your adventures or the wisdom and advice you receive from your mentors. It will serve as both a record of your trip and an incredible souvenir.

7. Stay In Touch
As stated above, one of the major benefits of an internship is the invaluable opportunity for networking. The contacts you make could be used in the future as professional references, landing you the job of your dreams. Take care to nurture these relationships will working abroad, but also to stay in touch with your mentors and network connections after you go home.

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As you prepare for your upcoming internship abroad, use these 7 tips to make the most of this truly life-changing experience!

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How To Know If An Internship Is A Good Fit

How to know if an internship is a good fit


By: Mikayla Colthirst-Reid | Posted on: 31 Oct 2019

If you’ve spent any amount of time searching for internship or volunteer positions, you’ve probably realized that the opportunities available are practically limitless. For some, the countless number of potential internship opportunities is exciting and full of possibility! For others, the sheer volume can feel daunting or overwhelming.

Whether considering different internship or volunteer programs excites you or overwhelms you, at some point in the process, every person needs to answer the important question, “Which internship is right for me?”

There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to volunteer or internship positions. The best fit scenario for one person is likely to be very different than the ideal position for another.

As you consider different internship or volunteer opportunities, here are 6 ways to know which internship is a good fit for you!

  1. It aligns with your career goals.
    Internships and volunteer positions are excellent resume builders. Potential employers prefer candidates that have some sort of valuable work experience to offer. When choosing the right internship for you, it’s important to consider your career goals and how this position aligns with your future plans.

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2. It sparks your passion.
As you consider different internship positions, picture yourself doing the work. How does it make you feel? Does it excite you? Are you interested in the work you’d be doing? A great internship or volunteer position is one you look forward to! If picturing yourself in this position sounds boring, you should look into some different options.

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3. It opens doors for possible career advancement.
Internships often lead to more permanent job placements. Many individuals are able to secure positions within the same companies and organizations they’ve interned with. Others use the valuable network connections they’ve acquired through their volunteer or internship programs to get other jobs. As you consider which internship to take, look into options for career advancement. Are there further opportunities for permanent work within this organization? Will the position provide you with contacts that could serve as professional references for job applications?

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4. It provides real responsibilities.
Great internships will give you the opportunity to learn and practice new skills. This means you should be doing more than making coffee. In researching internship programs, read the full job description for the positions you are applying for. Choose programs that will allow you to try new things and develop your field related skills.

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5. It fits in your schedule.
The time requirements vary for every volunteer or internship position. Some only require a two-week commitment, others may last for a semester or entire year. Choose an internship that works for your schedule. If you have the ability to devote an entire year or semester to an internship, do it! That experience will be invaluable. However, not everyone has that kind of flexibility. If you need a shorter program, look for ones that fit within a summer break.

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6. It works within your budget.
Internships vary a lot in terms of cost and compensations. Some internships offer a salary or stipend to their program participants. Others may require you to pay your own travel expenses. Make sure you choose an internship that aligns with your monetary needs. If you can’t afford to work for free, look for an internship that offers a salary.

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There are countless internship and volunteer opportunities in every industry. Finding the right fit for you is important for your overall satisfaction with your experience and in the best interest of the program you work with. As you consider your different options, use the 6 factors listed above to guide you in finding your ideal internship or volunteer program!

 

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How To Stand Out When Applying For Competitive Internships

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By: Mikayla Colthirst-Reid | Posted on: 02 Oct 2019

More and more companies and employers are looking for job candidates with at least one internship experience on their resume. Internships often make the difference between landing your dream job and continuing to job hunt.

In addition to being a game changer in launching your career, internships provide real life work experience that can help to clarify your passions and career aspirations and refine your work related skills.

As internships are increasing in popularity, so is the competition for many internship programs. Much like applying for any job, taking the time to perfect your internship application and make yourself stand out will be worth the effort when it comes to landing your internship position.

Here are a few tips for creating a stand out internship application!

 

  1. Do Your Research

Before sending your internship application or scheduling an interview, do some research on the company. Learn about the company’s history, their mission and goals. Any information you are able to bring up in an interview shows that you care enough to do some research and know what you are talking about.

2. Create A POWER PACKED Resume
When drafting your resume, the words you use to describe your experience are just as important as the experience itself. Describe your related experience using power words such as delivered, achieved, and impacted. Check out this list of action verbs to boost your resume.

3. Write An Engaging Cover Letter
Your cover letter is your chance to show off your passion and make a meaningful connection. Write a letter that clearly describes why you are excited for this opportunity and why you believe that you are the best candidate for the position. Do you have any personal experiences with this organization or similar organizations? Use the cover letter to give more detail about what sets you apart from other applicants.

4. Use Your Networking Connections
Employers are more likely to select applicants that come highly endorsed from someone they know. Think about your personal connections…chances are, you know somebody who knows somebody. Ask them to put in a good word for you. With their permission, be sure to mention their name in your application or interview.

5. Collect Quality Reference Letters
Once again, the endorsement of qualified professionals can make you stand out from the crowd. When applying for a competitive internship, it’s a good idea to have 3-4 letters of recommendation from other employers or college professors.

6. Practice Interview
Interviews can be daunting, especially if you’ve never done one. Before your official interview, take some time to prepare. It’s a good idea to prepare answers to common interview questions. If you are a student, reach out to your counselor or career center about setting up mock interview. Practice interviews are a great way to release your nerves and get some good feedback before the official interview.

7. Send A Thank You Card
After attending an interview, write and send a card to your interviewer thanking them for taking the time to consider you for the internship position. This is an excellent way to keep your name in front of their eyes and to show that you are the kind of considerate person they would probably enjoy having as a part of their program.

 

It’s not easy to land competitive internship spots. These positions are reserved for the individuals who are a cut above the rest. As you prepare to apply for your next internship, consider the tips listed above to make your application stand out from the crowd.

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6 Things to Look For In An Ideal Internship Placement

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By: Mikayla Colthirst-Reid | Posted on: 02 Oct 2019

Participating in an internship program is a common practice among college students and recent grads. Many students take their summer breaks to work in an internship abroad. Others take entire semesters to learn the ins and outs of different companies and industries.

Adding an internship to your resume is an excellent way to stand out from the crowd when it comes time to apply for jobs.

There are internships available in every industry, from business and marketing to teaching or photography. It’s important to consider your options when choosing an internship program.

The ideal internship is one that fits well into your personal and academic life, and aligns with your career goals. Here are 6 things you should consider when choosing an internship program.

  1. A Schedule That Fits Your Life

Every internship program has different requirements regarding the time spent working in the program and when you can begin. Some programs require a commitment of 12 weeks or a year. Others have flexible time frames, allowing you to spend anywhere from a few weeks to a few months working in their program.

It’s also important to research when the program is scheduled to begin. Some programs have predetermined start dates. Others allow you to begin whenever is convenient for you.If you are in school or working another job, you’ll want to double check the time requirements and make sure your ideal internship fits with your schedule.

2. Alignment With Your Career Goals
One of the greatest benefits of taking an internship is the impact it can have on your career trajectory. Internships often make the difference in receiving the job offer you are looking for.

In choosing your next internship, think about your long term goals. The programs you apply for should correlate with your career goals. For example, if you are hoping to work in marketing, look for internships within the marketing departments of larger companies. If your goal is to become a doctor, medical internships are a great addition to a med school application.

3. Mentorship Opportunities
As you prepare for your career, having a quality long term mentor is an invaluable resource. A good mentor can teach you new skills, provide you with critical advice, and can serve as an important networking connection as you progress in your career.

As you consider different internships programs, look for opportunities that include mentorship programs. You won’t regret the time you spend working with a career mentor.

4. A Passion Project

Your time is valuable. If you are choosing to spend your time working an internship, it should be something you are excited and passionate about.

As you consider internship programs, look for opportunities to do something in a field you are passionate about. Ask yourself, “Would I be excited to wake up every morning and go to work?” As with anything, you will learn more and be more effective as an intern when you are passionate about the work you are doing.

5. The Chance To Learn New Skills

The purpose of an internship is to learn and refine your skills. It’s a waste of your time and company resources to take an internship doing something you already know how to do.

Instead, look for opportunities that stretch you. Find a program that gives you opportunities to practice or learn skills that you haven’t already mastered. In an ideal internship experience, you’ll come away knowing more than you did when you began.

6. Cost V. Compensation

 Each internship is structured differently when it comes to cost v. compensation. Some programs will require you to pay for your own transportation to and from work. If your program is an international internship, you may also have to find and pay for housing.

Other programs will cover your transportation costs. They may also provide meal vouchers and other benefits. Some programs even pay their interns a salary.

Before choosing an internship, evaluate your current financial position. Can you afford an internship that costs you money? Do you need to be compensated financially? Choose an internship that aligns with your current financial situation.

Internships are incredible experiences for personal growth and career advancement, but not all internships are created equally. As you consider the countless internship opportunities available in your field, consider the 6 things above to ensure you are finding the ideal internship for you!

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Mikayla Colthirst-Reid
Posted on: 02 Oct 2019

Mikayla is a Global Nomadic contributor of awesome and engaging content to help inform Global Nomads!