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Monday 27 October 2014

5 Reasons to Intern Abroad

Here at FlatClub we're firm believers in taking the opportunity, when you can, to do an internship overseas. If you're on the fence, we've got 5 reasons why you should do it that might just have you filling out applications & checking flight prices this afternoon.

1. Set yourself apart from job competition

Competition in the job market, as we all know, is fierce. An easy way to make yourself stand out from the rest of the applicants is with international job experience. Not only is internship in and of itself considered a leg up, when you add in the extra knowledge you'll have surely gained overseas, you'll be irresistible to a hiring manager!

2. Make friends & business contacts across the world
Not only will you make good friends who could last a life time, which is great no matter where they are in the world, but you'll also make business contacts spanning nations. Why limit yourself to one country's job opportunities, when you can be trying your hand across Europe, the Americas, and Asia? By going out an doing an internship overseas, you'll be increasing your job opportunities exponentially.

3. Gain confidence in yourself
You can really test your mettle at an early stage in your job development by interning overseas. This early experience will earn you more confidence and we all know how important confidence is when applying for jobs, or interpersonal relationships. Once you've tested yourself overseas, you'll see that you can overcome so many more challenges!

4. Learn more than you would in your home country
Depending on where you travel, you'll be immersed in not only an entirely different business culture, but also a completely different language. The best way to learn a language is to completely ingratiate yourself within native speakers, and you'll be hard-pressed to find an easier way than to work in a country. Not only that, but you'll learn valuable interpersonal skills about how to make your point clearly, how to adapt, and how to get along with people who may not be similar to you.

5. Travel for travels' sake
Another great reason to intern abroad? Well - traveling, of course! The opportunity to intern abroad is a great one. Think of all the people you know who would love to go overseas, see a new world, gain a new perspective, and learn something. It's a wonderful chance to do all of those things, and be able to come back and brag to everyone at home about what you've seen - and share it with them too, of course.

That's just 5 reasons why interning abroad is such a great idea - there are so many more where that came from! The best way to find out the benefits of internship abroad is by pursuing it, and doing one yourself.

Do you want to do an internship abroad? Join our Google+ community to view the latest internships offered by top companies. FlatClub has student & intern accommodation throughout London, for any budget range, and anywhere you need to be.

Do you have any experiences or benefits with internship abroad that you'd like to share?