Tips for Interning Abroad

An internship can be many things. It can be a great fit or a a disaster, it can be challenging or too easy, fun or boring, but one thing that I believe is a constant is education. No matter who you work for or what you end up doing you will always learn something from it.

I may not have enjoyed every aspect of my internship but I kept the right attitude and did the best I could with the cards I was dealt. To future students who plan on interning abroad, my biggest pieces of advice are to keep realistic expectations and keep a positive attitude.

I learned many technical skills I did not plan on learning but they were still interesting and perhaps will be useful in the future. Any work experience in a professional environment teaches you soft skills such as communication and time management. Interning in Australia allowed me to expand these skills while also learning to adapt to a complex environment that was similar to an American workplace but definitely had its differences.

I would definitely recommend interning abroad as you will gain a lot of knowledge and it sets you apart from other candidates in the future. Just know going into it that your placement site might not be a perfect match. Wherever you end up you just have to make the best of it and soak in as much as you can. I did, and I learned a lot about business and even more about myself and I will be a better person because of it.