“AIESEC comes in as that bridge between the company’s need & the student need”
- Lurence Dumont (AIESEC Global Coordinator for Alcatel-Lucent)
Till the year 2015 AIESEC has provided 25,895 professional paid internships for people seeking out something that will look good on their resumes, others who were looking to dip their toes in a foreign work environment or people who wanted to shine up a little bit on their language skills in a professional context. Whatever your reasons are, goals and destination, this post tells you the main benefits you shall gain.
In such competitive market we live in, finding a job after graduating hasn’t been an easy task especially for a first choice program, but with an international internship experience in your resume, gives you the ability to stand out the rest. In a 2014 study conducted by IES Abroad reported that 97% of the students who went abroad during university found employment within 12 months from graduating, versus a 49% norm. 90% got into their first or second choice graduate program.
According to the same study of IES Abroad 34% of the students who went abroad during university said that going abroad helped them choose their career field. It is very common now that after a global program the intern finds the passion towards a certain field and begins to consider career shifting, or if still an undergraduate take classes in that field, for the new future plans.
Building a circle of mentors, professional contacts and friends in the country that you interned abroad in will always benefit you in so many different ways. As a future job networking, or even when you consider going back and working there.
People who went in a global professional internship have been physically and culturally immersed in the host country way more than a student abroad or just a tourist. Being an intern abroad provides you with insights into foreign work environments and customs. You get to live as a local, get to know the city more intimately, forming your own routine.
In this time we are living in many companies either are already an international business or seeking to expand to become global. So even in a small company a resume sent with foreign language ability will be put under consideration for the employer. You may only need English in the place you are interning in abroad, but seizing the opportunity of having friends or co-workers that speak in a different language and getting to learn it will make you more marketable to future employers as an applicant with the ability to speak multiple languages.
Interning abroad is NOT just a work experience to be added in a new section in your resume. Living abroad can be full of exciting adventures, gaining new acquaintances and getting experienced. You will have the ability to live another culture, deal with people with different mindset and make friends that you will have for a lifetime.