Trabajando Con Esteban: Healthcare Work in the LGBT Community

Esteban C. is currently a healthcare intern in Madrid for a local LGBT organization. The work he is doing for the LGBT community in Spain is impacting the locals. 

Adjusting to Spain

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It has been two months since I landed in sunny Madrid, and I can’t believe my time in this city is coming to an end. The insight into the Spanish culture, language, and lifestyle are unlike anything I’ve experienced before. The people I have worked with, the places I’ve seen, the food I’ve eaten have left lasting impacts on me. I came into the program a little anxious, and to be honest, the first few weeks were difficult. It was difficult adjusting to the time difference, the transportation system, a new internship, and being alone in a new place.

Spanish is my first language so I did not take the Spanish classes offered. It left me lonely and prevented me from meeting any fellow travelers. I had trouble with figuring out how to get around, and since I did not know anyone I was nervous to go out. This fear was unlike me, as I am an incredibly social person, but for some reason, I felt uncomfortable. This led to an almost debilitating anxiety that kept me in my apartment most days after work. Once I became a little more confident with the Spanish, the metro, and living on my own I was able to get out and take advantage of all Madrid has to offer.

Healthcare in the LGBT Community

LGBT Spain

 

I came to Spain to work with a Health internship with an LGBT organization called Fundación Triangulo. I worked different hours depending on the needs of the organization, from scheduling rapid HIV tests to tabling with the Spanish Red Cross on the street. Spain takes its summer vacation in August, so when my internship location closed for 2 weeks, I worked with another organization called COLEGAS, another LGBT group, and helped educate the local community about LGBT rights as well as volunteered at a food stand to help during the Fiestas de Lavapies, one of three religious festivals celebrated for the first 2 weeks in Madrid.

Through this work, I was able to work closely with members of the LGBT community as well as local citizens and develop my interpersonal, educational, and organizational skills. Being able to observe how HIV tests are done and the struggles that Spanish members of the LGBT community still face was eye-opening and something that would have been difficult to do in the United States. I was given a glimpse into how a local NGO works and the intricacies that come from the day-to-day job. Since one of my majors is Global Health, I was able to apply what I learned in my classes and experience working in the public health sector, albeit in another country.

The Culture

LGBT Spain

While I worked hard from Monday to Friday, I still took the time to enjoy myself. I tried tons of new food, visited tons of museums, met many new people, and even traveled a little around Spain! Through weekend trips through Barcelona, Toledo, Seville, and Granada, I learned more about the rich culture this country has to offer. Surprisingly, I learned a lot about myself and did things I never had before. Like staying in a hostel and going to a music festival alone. The travelers I met and the great times I had will stay with me forever.

Madrid is a bustling city, combining old architecture with the hustle and commerce of a modern city; however, it’s this juxtaposition which creates its unique flair. Overall, my summer has been a wild ride, but certainly a welcome one. If you are looking to travel abroad, Spain is the place to do it!

Learn more about Adelante Abroad’s Madrid, Healthcare and LGBTQ programs at www.adelanteabroad.com.

4 Ways That Interning Abroad Helps Women Become GirlBoss Leaders

4 Ways That Interning Abroad Helps Women Become #GirlBoss Leaders

4 Ways That Interning Abroad Helps Women Become GirlBoss Leaders

Who run the world? #GirlBoss

Women are smart, talented, and powerhouses on so many levels. With this notion, there are consistently fewer women taking on leadership roles than men in business, politics, and tech industries. In an already competitive workforce, women are still making just $0.78 to every dollar that a man makes in the same position. Let’s change that.

There are still challenges and gender barriers in the 21st-century workplace, and for the modern woman starting her career, an international internship can help face some of the biggest problems in the workplace.

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There is one area that young women are dominating – travel. A whopping 75% of our candidates in 2017 were women, and almost 80% of our 2018 candidates abroad are also women from all over the world. Going abroad is very popular among female college students and young women who are finishing their degrees and beginning their careers.

The key to making your travel stories stand out in your interviews is to show some work experience abroad. While some universities and programs require an academic internship, many of our candidates take on the opportunity to explore several possibilities of professional development overseas.

Here are a few ways that an internship abroad helps women gain quality leadership skills needed in male-dominated roles:

 

Reason #1: Confidence

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While not everyone has an issue with confidence, it tends to be a huge challenge for women, especially when it comes to interviewing for a significant position in their career, negotiating salaries, and asking for a promotion.

Getting placed in an internship abroad helps our candidates practice their hard and soft job skills while learning how to adapt quickly to a unique environment. Many of our partner companies provide their interns with various opportunities to learn different skills, take on an international strategy for the team, and boost their resume and self-esteem.

Outside of your internship, you’ll learn how to move in and around a different country, new culture, and even a new language (having a second language is a HUGE resume booster). Being able to blend in like a local and immerse yourself in life abroad can be a reminder of your professionalism and maturity, boosting your confidence for any challenge moving forward.

Don’t be afraid to share with your future employers what you gained from your internship and how it’s helped you with the skills needed to take on a role in their company.

 

Reason #2: Being Direct With Peers

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We do it all the time. “I was thinking…how about we…would you be interested in…I’m sorry to interrupt.” As polite as these phrases may sound around friends and family, it can, unfortunately, come off as insecure or inferior in professional environments. When you’re in another country, speaking another language and working in a new culture, you have to be direct with what you want or need.

With language and cultural barriers abroad, young women learn very quickly how to be clear with their requests and, consequently, become effective communicators with their team. It’s something that a #GirlBoss has to possess in any industry to get exactly what they want. With language barriers abroad, there’s no room for wishy-washy requests and being too shy to ask for something. You’ll come back home with new vocabulary and become unapologetic of your plans and goals.

 

Reason #3: Global Perspective

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Man or woman, an international internship teaches every intern two important skills for the global economy: intercultural communication and critical thinking. With ever-growing globalization in all businesses today, most hiring managers look for these in their employees, and some are even paying their teams to be educated in these areas.

Coming into an interview with a resume possessing these skills will not only keep your chances of getting the job high but also show that you’re a valuable asset for the years to come (hello, corner office!). Interning abroad helps you understand different cultures but also help you and your team adapt resiliently to new environments and diverse perspectives.

Having a global perspective is in high demand for most major businesses and industries, and women who possess these skills will have the leg up in the next leadership roles.

 

Reason #4: Building a Stronger Network

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Women are empowering women, ya know?

It doesn’t matter how amazing you are in your craft; in the professional world, what matters the most is who you know and who knows you. As a young woman beginning her career, it’s important to grow and join a tribe of strong, powerful women and female mentors who are willing to guide you in advancing your career and manifesting your passion.

Interning abroad creates an opportunity to finding mentors, whether it’s for language assistance to finding professional connections locally and globally. Many of Adelante Abroad’s program directors are female business owners or are partnered with female business owners who love mentoring our candidates. Outside of your internship program, you can also join networking groups in your city through professional programs or sites like Meetup.com. You never know who you’ll meet abroad who may know a company in your hometown who is looking for a #GirlBoss (nudge nudge).

 

Becoming a female business leader and #GirlBoss is a journey. You’ll be spending the next 5, 10, even 20 years growing your skill sets and becoming a powerhouse in whatever industry you work in. Taking an internship will help spark those skills into your life, give you the experience that you’d never have at home, and help grow your influences and relationships with professionals all over the world.

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Let’s face it. Women can do just as much as men can do. So let’s show them who’s boss.

What To Do If You Don’t Know What to Major In - Adelante Abroad

What To Do If You Don’t Know What to Major In

What To Do If You Don’t Know What to Major In - Adelante Abroad

Trying to figure out what to study in college is such a struggle.  You may constantly be asking yourself, “What do I major in?” General Education requirements don’t really help with deciding either, at least for me. GEs were just a waste of time, in my opinion, as none of the courses I took for the requirements sparked any interest I had or led me to choose a major.

I’m not going to sugarcoat it, I went through five majors before I decided on my current (and final) major. The reason I hopped from major to major is because I’m indecisive and struggle with life decisions, but also because I have so many interests that deciding on a major at age 17 was causing me great anxiety.

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You clicked this blog post because you may be currently struggling to pick a major or you’re trying to avoid the struggle of picking a major and paying thousands of dollars. Well, let’s get to it!

First things first, let me just say that picking a major is NOT the same as picking a career. When I entered college I thought that picking a major meant picking a career for the rest of your life and that is a lie. People will pick a major and find a career that was the complete opposite of what they studied. It’s not unusual to work in a field you didn’t study and that’s expected. You’re interests and career goals will change and shift throughout your life and you need to understand that is just part of life. As you mature, your college life interests may fade while some may grow, it’s really up to you and your own personal growth.

A wonderful option if you’re hesitant about paying thousands of dollars when you really have no idea what to do after high school graduation is community college. I use to think that going to community college wasn’t an option and that it was almost like a shameful thing to enroll into. However, after I’ve matured and now almost graduating college, I realized that community college is a perfect segway for students who may or may not have struggled in high school and/or don’t know what to do once they are in college. PLUS, you get to save so much money if you choose a community college in your hometown. I’m telling you, community college is a viable option and it’s something I wish I took advantage of.

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If you’ve been accepted into a four-year university and are struggling with trying to figure out a major, one thing you can do is join some clubs, organizations, a fraternity/sorority or get a job! All these options will help you network, connect and learn about yourself and potentially some interests you may have. That’s the reason college campuses let students have organizations and clubs, so people who share the same interests or want to learn more can have a safe space to do some as a community. I’ve joined clubs, organizations, a fraternity and had a handful of jobs in college, so I’m a firm believer that by joining these student friendly spaces it gave me the opportunity to learn, grow and really commit to something I enjoy.

Having a job gave me the opportunity to talk to students not just from my own university but from surrounding ones as well. It allowed me to talk and discuss ideas, thoughts, struggles, successes and interests that sparked further discussion, which led to realization that I wanted to pursue my current major. Plus, you get to earn some money which helps feed your stomach with real food and not Cup-o-Noodle or Shin-Ramen. Don’t be a struggling college student like me, although I am proud to never have eaten Top Ramen once in my entire college career.

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If you’re in a club, organization, fraternity/sorority or you have a job and you’re still struggling then you should really consider taking some time off. I took a two year break between my third and four year and in that time I learned so much about myself that it led me to the accomplishments I have today. I took on an internship program in my two year break, so it wasn’t just stay at home and watch Netflix all day. I was using that time to really discover my strengths and weaknesses, so if you’re going to take time off from school then you should use it wisely. Get an internship or take a gap year! Use that time to focus on you and not be lazy…

Don’t feel pressured to follow your parents dreams either! This is your life. You make the decisions, not your parents, and if they disapprove of your choices then you should never feel ashamed for that. That should fuel your inner fire to really prove to them that this decision was for the better and if they continue to disapprove then surround yourself with people who will support you. You have the courage to do so, you already stood up to your parents and that takes a lot of courage.

Trying to decide what you want to major in is no easy task. Some people may know what they want to do as soon as they enroll in college and that’s great! Don’t compare yourself to them and beat yourself up for not being able to figure out what you want to do. That will only hurt you and can cause some unwanted stress, which could be completely avoided. College is a time to learn about yourself, so do that. You’ll find your passions as you grow and go through life, don’t think your major will determine your future. A lot can happen between now and when you turn 30 or 40. Don’t fret my friends, just be patient and positive. Eventually, it will all fall into place.

 

About Our Contributor:

Drew - Digital Marketing Intern - Adelante Abroad

Drew is Adelante HQ’s Fall 2017 Social Media & Marketing intern and is currently a Public Relations major at Cal State Long Beach. He has participated in a youth exchange program in Dakar, Senegal and an international basketball tournament in Japan. One of his many traveling goals is to step foot on every continent on this big blue planet, and yes, even Antarctica.

Should You Take a Gap Year - Adelante Abroad

Should You Take a Gap Year?

Should You Take a Gap Year - Adelante Abroad

I bet you’ve stumbled upon this article because it had “gap year” in the title. I can also bet that you will or have already thought about taking a gap year at some point in your life.

The good news: taking a gap year between high school and college is becoming increasingly popular amongst the up and coming generations. Taking a gap year is nothing new; as a matter of fact, people have been doing this for quite some time already!

But now that travel has become such a huge aspect for people’s lives today, it is definitely easier to find a means to get to where YOU want to go. There are many opportunities for people to take a gap year. Travel has become such a huge aspect in our culture that there are hundreds of travel companies that focus on gap year adventures, assistance, programs, etc. Adelante Abroad offers some gap year options for those seeking adventure in Spanish speaking countries!

 

Why Should You Take a Gap Year?

By now you’ve probably asked yourself these questions many times:

“Should I take a gap year?”
“What are the benefits of taking a gap year?”
“Will I have money?”
“Where would I go?”
“How do I get there?”
Etc. etc. etc.

It’s a lot of questions to be answered, but that’s normal. Sometimes you just have to take the leap and figure it all out on the way. But the one question that may or may not be burning in your mind is “WHY?” Why. Why should you take a gap year? Why would anyone?

Taking a gap year has many benefits and (if you keep scrolling) I’ll go over some of the benefits that our past and current candidates love about it!

 

Who Can Take a Gap Year?

ANYONE can take a gap year. That’s right, you read that correctly.

An. Eee. Won.

Seriously, your parents could even take a gap year and leave you to fend for yourself (not that I’m saying they will because let’s face it, that’s messed up), but it reiterates my point: ANYONE can go! Whether you’ve just graduated high school and don’t want to dive right into college just yet, or you just want a break from the crazy adult workforce world, go and find yourself!

There’s no age limit or certain background you have to meet to take a gap year. Taking a Gap Year is meant for people to take a break from their lives, to drop (almost) everything and discover what they want to do in a career and who they’re meant to be.

Alright alright. You made it to the part of this post where you get to see what you gain out of taking a gap year. The good stuff. The stuffing to the turkey. The peanut butter to ya jelly.

Anyway…

 

What Traveling Does For You

Let’s stop for a moment. Bare with me.

Before we move on, I want you to think of a time where you had the opportunity to travel. What was your experience like? How did you feel the first couple of days? Did you like the environment, culture and people that surrounded you? How did you feel when you came home after your travels?

Answering to these questions helps answer a portion of why you should take a gap year.

Traveling exposes you to parts of the world you may not ever get to experience at home. To be fully immersed in a culture is a beautiful and, sometimes, an intimidating experience! It really tests your limits and your ability to survive in an environment that is completely new to you.

One of the things that you can take away from traveling is getting out of your comfort zone. Being able to get out of your comfort zone allows you to grow as an independent individual and rely on your social and survival skills. It tests your ability to make decisions, to become more knowledgeable of the world and to gain more confidence in yourself knowing that you were able to successfully break down the barriers between you and the outside world.

(Plus, Mom and Dad would be super impressed that you did your laundry and washed the dishes without anyone reminding you.)

I must say, you may also catch a particular bug while traveling. That creature is the travel bug! Once you get a taste of the outside world, all you’ll ever want to do is explore some more. Guaranteed.

Wouldn’t you want your Instagram page to look dope with some awesome travel pics??? I know I would.

 

What You Can Gain from Taking a Gap Year

There’s a bunch of stuff you gain from taking a gap year. I mean, for one, your Instagram feed will be looking fuego (that’s um… Spanish for “fire” if you didn’t already know). Imagine all the nice aesthetic photos you’ll be taking and posting on your page! Ugh. That’s the dream!

Besides having the best Instagram page, you gain knowledge about the world and different cultures, you learn about yourself through different levels of stress and experiences, you meet new and different people from all walks of Earth, and your skillsets get revamped and you gain new ones!

Taking a gap year will open doors for you, but it’s up to you whether you want to risk it or not.

Here’s an article from the Huffington Post about taking a gap year and why you should. It talks about what you gain and what it does for you as a person. It gives you 10 reasons why you should take a gap year. Read it. It made me want to go.

Here are MORE reasons why you should take a gap year from the 2015 National Alumni Survey, IRB Approved, and done in collaboration with Temple University, the Institute for Survey Research, and researched by the great Nina Hoe, PhD, from the University of Pennsylvania:

  • Gap Years teach students about personal responsibility & critical thinking.
  • Gap Years foster a clarity that supports outstanding academic achievement, minimizes the time spent “lost” and maximizes the sense of personal drive.
  • Gap Year graduates consistently outperform their peers in terms of GPAs; more commonly take on leadership roles; more financially savvy; more employable (soft skills).
  • Gap Years (aka Bridge Years) offer a profound opportunity for students to learn about their neighbors – both global and local – and help to heal the divide in our country.

 

Who You Are Before, During and After a Gap Year

It’s wonderful to reflect on an adventure as you sit in your squished economy airline seat. Whether you’ve traveled for a week, two weeks, a month or a year, it is always nice to record your journey before, during and after.

I usually like to recommend taking photos as a sort of visual diary, a.k.a. Instagram. Sometimes a photo is all you need to recall a memory or a time in your life that you experienced the feeling of joy, wonder, excitement, fear, confusion and even regret. Who you are before your trip and after your trip may or may not shock you. It all depends on how much you step out of your comfort zone.

If taking photos is not your thing, a journal works just as fine! Maybe even a little better? Writing down notes, experiences, feelings, etc. will help you realize how much you’ve changed as a person after your travels. Part of Adelante’s program requirements is filling out reflective exercises during the first week of the internship. This will lead to writing down more reflective pieces down the line, which make the program, yourself and your employer look good! I can smell a letter of recommendation cooking.

It’s important to remember that traveling is great and it’s wonderful to experience the world, but if you don’t gain something out of it that has changed you in some way, shape or form, you should try and break from your shell. It doesn’t hurt every once in awhile to break down your walls and show the world who you truly are! There are six billion people on this beautiful planet we call home, what makes you think you’ll see any of the people around you again? Live a little. Explore. Live your life to its fullest.

 

What About Jobs? Colleges?

There are three different scenarios that come to mind when I think about a Gap Year for those who are interested:

  1. The high school graduate who isn’t ready for college.
  2. The college student looking to find his/herself.
  3. The salary job employee feeling stuck.

Good news if you fall into one of these categories: taking a Gap Year can happen at anytime!

For the high school graduate who isn’t ready for college, find a job, save money, and travel! Colleges will look at someone who has explored the world and has gained some knowledge outside of their own society valuable to their campus. Traveling can and will do that to you.

For the college graduate finding his/herself, taking a gap year will not only help you search for the person you truly want to be, but it’ll also look extremely appealing on your resume when you apply for jobs! Employers are looking for someone who isn’t afraid to step out of their comfort zone, who has embraced many cultures on their travels, taken the risk to go abroad, and you grow so much as an individual that your personal skill set improves.

For the salary job employee feeling stuck, traveling will help you grow as a person that you may find another path. Sometimes it’s a good recharge of the batteries and you come home refreshed and ready to go. But if you’re feeling stuck now, you’ll feel stuck later. Take the gap year to really find yourself. You’re not going to get unstuck staying in the same place in the same city in the same state of mind. Just sayin…

Look at this article that talks about how taking a gap year helps students grow, both high school and college. It links studies on how taking a gap year helps students who aren’t ready for college and how it helps guide you a bigger future. Read it. Read it! It will help you make decisions on taking a gap year.

 

You’ve made it to the end of the post. For those who did read until the end, thank you and I hope that this helped in any decision you may have about taking a gap year. It’s important to understand that taking a gap year has many benefits for anyone no matter the age or stage in life. It gives you the opportunity to grow and learn about yourself in ways you wouldn’t be able to do in your hometown. It’s best to go out and explore the world that makes you a little uncomfortable because it’s there you really test your limits and your abilities to survive. That’s where traveling becomes the most rewarding.

So take the gap year. Maybe not now or tomorrow, but at some point in your life you should. Go.

 

About Our Contributor:

Drew - Digital Marketing Intern - Adelante AbroadDrew is Adelante HQ’s Social Media & Marketing intern for Fall 2017 and is currently a Public Relations major at Cal State Long Beach. He has participated in a youth exchange program in Dakar, Senegal and an international basketball tournament in Japan. One of his many traveling goals is to step foot on every continent on this big blue planet, and yes, even Antartica.

How To Afford An Internship Abroad Part II - Adelante Abroad

How To Afford An Internship Abroad: Part II

How To Afford An Internship Abroad Part II - Adelante Abroad

This is a two-part series to help you save and earn some extra money for your internship abroad trip. Part I has tips on saving money for your trip with your current job or cash flow. Part II includes tips on earning extra money without picking up three jobs and sacrificing your studies.

We highly recommend reading Part I first to get an idea on the budget you may need for your internship abroad. If you’ve already set up a budget and are saving money, but you’re looking to earn more money toward you’re trip, then Part II is the best place to start.

So you’ve successfully planned out your internship abroad program and know what it’s going to take to make it happen. This is a big step and shows your commitment to your goals and dreams! However, if you’re still struggling to find enough money for your trip (even with the money you’re already saving), there’s a couple tips to help you earn money toward your travels!

 

Tip #4: Fundraising & Scholarships

If you don’t want to bite the bullet and ask your Uncle Scrooge to help pay for your intern abroad program, then there are several other ways to low-key ask family and friends (or even your school) for money.

We all have that one relative… (GIF Source)

 

Fundraising

Fundraisers no longer have to involve lemonade stands or hot (and awkward) car washes. While they are still up for grabs (just because it’s old school doesn’t mean it won’t work), funding for trips in the digital era is no longer a hassle.

Crowdfunding is a great way to gain travel fund money with both local and distant friends and family. Sites like FundMyTravel and GoFundMe are well known for travelers and college students trying to fund their intern abroad program. The wonderful thing about FundMyTravel is that the creators of this platform understand what it means to fundraise money to travel, study or intern abroad. They’ve been in your shoes and they create content specifically for those in are in the same boat. By creating blog posts tailored to those searching for tips, tricks and answers on how to fundraise money for travel, it sets the potential traveler up for success.

Whereas GoFundMe is more of a broader spectrum for fundraising, GoFundMe is a great place to start; however, because it’s so broad, we would recommend looking at FundMyTravel first. Go through FundMyTravel blog and look for help or suggestions on how to create a successful campaign for your travels. Both platforms are actually quite similar than they are different, both take 5% of your earnings toward Administrative fees, you can put pictures, information and your fundraising goal. You can also share your links on all social media as well as email, letting everyone online know about your trip for both platforms.

There’s no need to be afraid of fundraising for your trip! (GIF Source)

 

For the purposes of traveling, we suggest FundMyTravel. It’s more travel-friendly and you have a team who has been in your shoes and knows what it takes to travel, intern or study abroad.

If you or a generous friend are creative and artsy, then you can create a t-shirt campaign through Bonfire. This is a great way to fundraise with donations without any startup or inventory costs that you would have to spend elsewhere. Your friends and family will also receive a shirt with your awesome design on it that they can wear for years.

Tips for Crowdfunding

  • Start talking to family and friends before your campaign goes live. Prospective donors who see that you’ve already begun funding before you opened your campaign are more likely to help chip in.
  • Write about your plans when going abroad, where the funds will directly go toward, and why taking an internship abroad is important to you and your future. Add a personal 2- to 3-minute video for some extra feels.
  • Offer “mini prizes” for higher donations. For example, you can offer a personalized postcard from your trip abroad to anyone who donates $50 or more, or you can offer a couple of hours of volunteer work to a local organization that they choose.
  • Most crowdfunding sites charge a processing fee for each donation that you receive (generally 8-10%), so if a family or friend says that they donated $50 to your campaign, you may only see $45 in your campaign. With sites like GoFundMe, you may not even notice the fee anyway, but it’s always good to keep that in mind while pushing for extra funding.

 

Scholarships

Finding scholarships is easy, but finding a scholarship that is specific toward studying or interning abroad can be tricky. However, there are resources out there that will be more than helpful in the hunt for free money.

Here are some helpful tips in finding scholarships:

  1. Narrow down your interested country selections, unless you’ve been selected into a program already.
  2. It would also help if you include your major or type of program you’ve been selected into or are interested in (i.e. marketing scholarships in Barcelona).
    • Utilizing filters will help narrow your options down.
  3. Always check the qualifications or requirements for the scholarships. You may or may not qualify for some! Check before applying!
  4. You can always check your school’s study abroad office for more resources! Most study abroad offices will have some sort of resource for students to find scholarships or a way to fund money.
    • They also have a lot of useful information on before, during and after studying abroad!
  5. Google search scholarships with the country in the search bar (i.e. Chile study abroad scholarships).
    • You should also check country education websites. Some departments of the government offer scholarships or grants for international students.
  6. These websites have been helpful in finding scholarships.

 

Tip #5: Selling & Odd Jobs

Another option for figuring out ways to make money to fund your travels is to do some odd jobs or to sell your stuff! I’m not saying sell everything you own or your organs, but to sell things you may not use anymore – clothes, electronics, furniture, old cars, etc. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

There are people out there that buy and collect old Beanie Babies on eBay… Just sayin’… (GIF Source)

There are plenty of websites or apps to sell your goods, here are few that come to mind:

  1. Craigslist
  2. eBay
  3. Facebook groups
  4. Mercari
  5. OfferUp
  6. Letgo
  7. 5miles

Like always, be cautious when selling things online. Your safety is more important than some dollar bills. Always use your best judgement when making a potential sale.

If you’re looking to keep all your things, then we would suggest downloading a variety of apps that allow you to make some quick cash in exchange for some tasks. These apps work around your schedule, so it’s entirely up to you if you want to make money.

Here are some apps that will help you get started:

  1. TaskRabbit
  2. Takl
  3. Wags!
  4. Uber
  5. UberEATS
  6. Postmates
  7. Lyft
  8. DoorDash

If we got a nickel for every time this question was asked… (GIF Source)

When using these apps, be aware that they normally have some administrative fees (15-30 percent) that are included in your earnings. It is mainly for your protection – financial and physical – so don’t be alarmed when you don’t receive your total amount. Also, some apps require background checks, which may cost you up to $50, it’s normal! Just remember to be safe and be smart!

We’ve been in your position, wanting to travel but funds are low. Instead of pushing those dreams aside, it should motivate you to work hard and to save up for the destination you wish to go to next. Don’t let something as little as money stop you from living your best life. Money will come and go, but you can’t put a price on the memories, the personal growth and the feeling you get when you return from your travels and you feel nothing but absolute bliss.

It isn’t impossible to figure out how to make money or figuring out ways to fund your travels. By looking at some of the tips and tricks we’ve supplied you in this article, you should get a head start or at least an idea on what steps you need to take next. If you’ve got the drive, then there is no telling where you’ll go.

The cost of traveling and interning abroad can add up, but if you know how to work through the ins and outs of the travel industry, you will be fine. BUT if you don’t have no fear. There are plenty of resources and platforms for you to earn, save and fund your travels! FundMyTravel, the various apps and the many tips and tricks in this article will be your guide to exploring the world. So, let’s start filling up those piggy banks!

Adorable doggo not included in program costs. (GIF Source)

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Top 5 Countries for Internships Abroad in 2018

Blog - Top 5 Countries for Internships Abroad in 2018 - Adelante Abroad

How many times a day do you wonder, “Man, I wish I was traveling,” or, “I wish there was a way for me to work abroad!” Truth of the matter is, you can! There is a way for someone like YOU to be able to work AND travel abroad – now, tomorrow, next week, next month or even next year! It’s a crazy concept and you might find it impossible, but don’t worry, we are here to help! Would you believe that it is possible for you to work abroad?

Well – IT IS! If you put your mind to it, the possibilities are endless!

Still not convinced? Yeah, it is scary going to country you may not have been to, but don’t worry. It’s your comfort zone screaming at you in fear – don’t be afraid. Life is about taking risks and being able to learn and explore this beautiful blue planet we are on. You just have to visualize and it will materialize. But before we send you flyin’ anywhere, let’s get down to the nitty gritty to going working abroad.

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Why Should I Intern Abroad?

The job market today has become extremely competitive with recent college graduates struggling to find work they studied for and with the shift in global political views, technological advances and the ever changing planet we live on. Going abroad has become such an important aspect that employers are looking for someone who has been exposed to new places, languages, cultures and people.

Studies have shown that the benefits of those who study abroad include:

  • Increased self-confidence (Black & Duhon, 2006; Chapman, 2011; Dwyer & Peters, 2004)
  • Independence (Black & Duhon, 2006)
  • Global dependency (Dwyer & Chapman, 2004)
  • Open-mindedness and independence (Hadis, 2005)
  • General personal development and well-being (Kuh & Kauffmann, 1984)
  • To name a few!

Another study done by McMillan and Opem (2002), found that 70% of survey respondents who completed an internship abroad reported that their study abroad experience ignited an interest in a career direction. Just another reason why studying/interning abroad has become such an important factor when applying for jobs.

As you can see, it is important now than ever that not only students, but anyone wanting to study or work abroad should go! It is an opportunity that will last a lifetime and you gain skills that you won’t be able to learn in your hometown. Plus the skills you acquire or reinforce will help improve your future and your career! It’s something you shouldn’t pass up!

Who Should Do an Internship Abroad?

You want to know who can go? You, your friend, your cousin, your sister, your brother, your mother, your father, your colleagues, even your grandma or grandpa! Well, maybe not your grandparents, but anyone can apply for our programs! Whether you’re a student, a recent college graduate or age 40, we welcome people from all majors, colleges, backgrounds, cultures, traditions and age!

We, at Adelante Abroad, do not discriminate and we stand tall with those who wish to make a difference in their communities, city, state or the world.

What Types of Internships Abroad Are Available For Me?

Here at Adelante Abroad, we offer a variety of programs from nonprofits to graphic design, medical to winery, chances are, we’ve got you covered! Each country offers different programs, so make sure to double check if the country you want to go to has a program you’re interested in! In the meantime…

Here are Adelante’s top five programs!

1) Teaching English Abroad

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Our most requested program we offer and for good reason! There is no teaching credential requirements, so whether you are a beginner Spanish speaker or an advanced, don’t you worry ‘bout a thing! Our teaching program places participants anywhere from private institutes to K-12 campuses, day camps to universities, this is a program for anyone who is an aspiring teacher or professor!

2) Psychology Internships Abroad

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Ever wonder what it must feel like to be in the shoes of a psychologist? This program allows you to shadow and observe psychologist in their natural habitat. This competitive program has a limited number of spots, so there is no time to hesitate! It’s a no brainer that this program offers you the valuable field experience you need, with the added bonus of traveling! It’s a “kill a bird with two stones” kind of notion, don’t you think?

3) International Business Internships Abroad

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Business is universal and no matter where you go, business is business. Our participants can be placed in nearly all of the cities Adelante has partnered with for international business. Between accounting, consulting, finance banking/financial, marketing and agricultural business, Adelante guarantees an experience that will give you a little something extra for your resume. It’s time to suit up.

4) Equestrian Internships Abroad

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Calling all future veterinarians and equestrian enthusiasts! Adelante has programs just for you! Gain hands-on experience in the field that not only boosts any resume but gives you the opportunity to explore the field you love. There won’t be a dull moment when you’re learning new techniques and taking care animals big or small! Better hoof it, these spots fill up fast.

5) Medical, Nursing & Healthcare Internships Abroad

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Here at Adelante, we believe those thinking of pursuing this field of work should learn from hands-on experience and based on what country you choose, you will get exposure to surgical procedures, physical and occupational therapy, vaccinations, geriatrics, to name a few! This abroad program does require you to know at least beginner level Spanish, so before you apply, immerse yourself in the Spanish language! This is a great opportunity to learn about the medical field in other countries, making you an excellent candidate for medical school! **hint hint wink wink**

Top 5 Countries for Internships Abroad

Now that you may have an idea on what you might want to do abroad, it’s time to look at WHERE! Here are the top 5 locations for Adelante:

1) Spain

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From the Royal Palace in Madrid to Park Guell in Barcelona to the historic Seville, Spain has got the b-e-a-u-tiful beaches, delicious food and (the glorious) siestas! Regardless of which city you pick, you’ll fall in love with España and THAT is a guarantee! Spain offers many fields of work, by selecting a city, you’ll have a better understanding of where you might want to go and what you might want to do for work. 

Game of Thrones fan? Various locations throughout Spain have been featured in the critically acclaimed HBO series. From House Tarly to the Water Palaces of Dorne, Game of Thrones has surely taken over, but have no fear, winter is hardly an issue in Spain. No white walkers here! So winter isn’t coming…

2) Scotland

 

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I hope you’ve brought your boots because Edinburgh is immersed in nature! Take on some breathtaking hikes or simply enjoy a picnic, regardless of what you decide to do, make sure you bring some warm clothes! Scotland offers two programs: Observation & Research and Equine Summer Abroad. Spots for the equine program fill fast and is one of our more popular programs, so you must act quicker than lightning to secure a spot! 

Are you a fan of Harry Potter? If you answered yes, Edinburgh, Scotland will be your place to be. Edinburgh has the coffee shop where Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling, formed Dumbledore’s army. Plus scenery to die for with the Edinburgh Castle and the endless amount of green hills. It almost makes you want to run and twirl like Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music.

3) Ecuador

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Our newest program location – Ecuador – offers an experience unlike any other at latitude 0 degrees! Nestled in the Andes, Quito is the first UNESCO Heritage site and is the highest altitude capital in the world. Your mission, should you choose to accept, explore the surrounding areas from the Galapagos Islands to the Amazon, explore our newest addition to the Adelante family! This unique and beautiful city has much to offer from marketing to teaching English, women’s/human rights to medical. You will be placed in Quinto, a historic but beautiful capital city. You’ll never run out of stuff to see and do! It’s no wonder people adore Ecuador!

4) Chile

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No, not the restaurant with baby back ribs, we are talking about the beautiful (and with a better selection of food) Chile! Chile programs are offered in Vina del Mar and Valparaiso, cities both on the coast with geographical similarities to Southern California. Just minutes from the beach and a couple of hours to the snow. But be warned, sunscreen is a must here! The ozone and sun aren’t best friends here and we can’t have you looking like a tomato… 

Want to explore? Head out of Valparaiso or head over to Easter Island (pricey but worth it) or even head off the grid to Patagonia! You can always drive a couple of hours toward the mountains to face plant in some snow! Whatever you’re looking for, Chile has much to offer! So it’s a given…go chill in Chile.

5) Uruguay

 

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I’ve got one word and one word only, beach. I hope you love the beach because Uruguay has got the plenty of beaches. However, their seasons are flipped! So if you plan on traveling during summer (Northern Hemisphere) then prepare for some temperature drops! Montevideo is the city you’ll be placed in and it is truly a “loss for words” type of city. From the public artworks to yerba mate (tea), Montevideo has much to do for anyone looking for a good time. In the words of Nicki Minaj, “let’s go to the beach -each, let’s go get awayyyy.”

How to Find an Internship Abroad

Step 1: Do Your Research!

Look on our website for information on the programs we offer and the locations as well! FYI…We offer the most affordable programs out there. We’ll save you some extra cash (and several hours of research).

Step 2: Pick a Program!

Once you’ve some research, it’s time to pick one! Check program deadlines so you don’t miss a thing!

Step 3: Revise Your Resume

Revamp your resume because we do ask for one! As well as references! It’s all mentioned in the process, but make sure everything is set and ready to go before hitting submit!

Step 4: Complete Our Online Application

Fill out our online application and then pay the application fee so we can secure your spot! We also have a Skype video/phone call as part our interview process, any questions can be asked in this step!

Step 5: Grab Your Passport

Make sure your passport is valid and will NOT be expiring before or during your trip! Also, double check the destination you want doesn’t require a visa for your home country!

Step 6: Ready, Set, GO!

Pack ya bags, you’re ready to explore! Packing lists are extremely helpful, but leave some room for goodies and memories!

 

Here at Adelante, we want all of our participants to be able to get hands-on experience, utilize their skill sets, and to explore the endless possibilities the world has to offer. Our programs are designed for participants to learn from mentors in different countries and in different fields so they not only have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity but an experience that will make them an exceptional candidate for the career they wish to pursue. We believe our candidates are capable of exceeding expectations and leaving a mark in a world.

It’s important now than ever that students entering the workforce have some sort of international experience, whether that’s traveling, studying or working abroad. You’ll make an notable asset with the skill set you develop abroad. Most importantly, you will grow as an individual, which is what we hope to see from every participant.

My only question for you is, what are you waiting for? Let’s go. Apply now!

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Best Spanish Learning Apps and Websites

 

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Living in a foreign country means being immersed into a different culture and a new language. Many of our candidates who travel to Spain, Mexico, Ecuador, Uruguay, or Chile are nervous about relying on an unfamiliar language with their limited speaking or reading skills. Trying to learn Spanish can be a difficult feat for anyone. However, we have Spanish language tools and apps to help you brush up on your skills or even take your learning to the next level!

 

Free Spanish Learning Apps

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Duolingo

This app is completely free, for apple and android, and is a great tool for learning Spanish. It breaks down all information into sections, helping you understand everyday phrases and key terms. Our favorite aspect of Duolingo is the microphone use. This is unique because you cannot move onto the next section unless you can pronounce words and phrases correctly. When you download this application be sure to approve microphone use in order to take advantage of this one of a kind feature.

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Memrise

Memrise is another free option for apple and android users. It remains free for the most part, besides offering some in-app purchases. The best part about this Spanish language tool is that it repeats the words multiple times and gives answers in multiple choice format. Seeing the words mixed into different phrases is more challenging but also extra beneficial. Get this app, turn up your sound, and start learning!

 

Paid Spanish Learning Apps

FluentU

Available to Apple users, and soon available to Android users, FluentU is a Spanish learning tool that is accessible for $15 a month (Be sure to take advantage of the free trial before committing to this tool). This application is unique because it offers a special type of training. FluentU focuses on an online language immersion technique, turning music videos, TV shows, and commercials into a learning experience. This is exactly why FluentU is on our top list of Spanish language tools. This app helps users to understand everyday words and phrases by using a type of language immersion. Download FluentU and start studying Spanish today!

 

Best Websites To Learn Spanish Online

TakeLessons

If you want the option of learning the Spanish language face-to-face with a teacher, TakeLessons is the best option for you! TakeLessons.com offers paid lessons online or in person with local language teachers. These language experts will help you learn either online or at a local destination. Prices generally range from $15 to $50 per 30 to 45 minute session (Keep in mind prices will range by length of session and the skill of your teacher). What we love about TakeLessons is the flexibility of location (online or in person), schedule, and price. This is one of the only websites that offer face to face lessons online or in person, so take advantage of this amazing tool and schedule your lesson asap!

BaseLang

At BaseLang.com, you get unlimited one-on-one Spanish tutoring with professional teachers, over Skype, for just $129 a month. This program focuses on helping beginners to learn and practice to become conversationally fluent. Classes are online and unlimited, meaning that you can take 30 minutes a day if needed or even 4-5 hours per day to become fluent in as little as 1-2 months.
We have listed some amazing applications above. Be sure to take advantage of these Spanish language tools and begin learning today. If you are interested in putting your Spanish to use, or learning in a country where you will be fully immersed, check out our internships abroad in Spain, Mexico, Ecuador, Chile, and Uruguay.


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The 6 Best Internships for College Students - Adelante Abroad

The 6 Best Internships for College Students

The 6 Best Internships for College Students - Adelante Abroad

There are many reasons to participate in an internship and even more reasons to engage in an international internship, before, during or after college. Whether it’s gaining relevant work experience to add value to your resume or learning a new language (or even just getting out of your parents’ house for a few months!), finding an internship abroad has proven to provide extensive benefits.

We explained which majors absolutely NEED internship experience (read that article here). But which program do you choose? If you’re not in one of the majors that require an internship abroad, there are still programs that can help compliment your career path.

 

Medical and Healthcare Internships

There is a high demand for doctors, nurses and medical specialists on a global scale. Several programs are now being offered for medical internships all around the world, with various backgrounds.

Adelante Abroad candidates have varied in medical internship placements ranging from busy hospitals in the middle of Madrid to small village clinics in South America. Options for medical and healthcare internships are available in many fields as well, from pediatrics and surgery to pharmaceuticals and gynecology. The options are endless, and you’ll be able to make a difference in any that you choose.

 

Internships in Architecture and Design

Architecture is not just for skyscrapers. Think of all of the ancient foundations throughout the world. Whether it’s the study of gargoyles, iconic steps, or grand cathedrals, there is plenty to observe and learn outside of the classroom (and your own country).

Not interested in building the next major monument? Adelante Abroad offers programs for Interior Design candidates as well, where you can work with global design teams giving character to buildings both inside and out.

 

Internships in Psychology

With the increase of anxiety, depression, and mental illnesses around the world, there is a high demand for psychology and therapy.

Engaging in an internship abroad in psychology gives you the experience of communicating in new cultures, as well as studying different methods that other countries are using to help their patients. Similar to a medical internship, you have the option of working in a therapy clinic or producing research needed for psychologists to determine new and better treatment for patients.

 

Tourism and Hospitality Internships

Tourism and hospitality interns are placed in some of the hottest destinations around the world. You can intern abroad at a boutique hotel, European chain, or a larger golf or tennis centered hotel.

Adelante candidates gain experience in a variety of departments, from guest services to catering, room service, administration or event planning. You can even work with a travel or tourism agency and show off your Spanish language skills with vacationers!

 

Law Internships

Law internships are not limited to just business law and civil law; work assignments vary from country to country. You can work with a small legal firm or represent a larger company, depending on your career goals.

One of our candidates in Ecuador just began a law internship with a non-profit to help support human rights in Quito (read about his story here). There are several ways to build your resume prior to going to law school while still making a large impact in the community. In other words, you’re not just sitting behind a desk with these internships.

 

Internships in International Business

International Business is a bit broad, but that’s the magic of it! Students who take on an internship in International Business and International Relations have the chance to learn more about other countries and how they all work together.

Sectors range from globalization to sustainability, with employment opportunities in these fields growing exponentially every year. These internships help provide expertise in bringing diverse cultures together with effective communication. Plus, you may end up making international friends in high places!

 

Still not sure which Internship Field is right for you? We offer internships in a wide range of fields, and we can help create a customized program just for you! Click here to learn more about our different programs.

 

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What Majors NEED to Consider an Internship Abroad?

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Internships. Every one of your friends, family, professors and advisors mention is at least once when conversing about college and job prospects. It feels like every club you join or career workshop that you show up to says the same thing: You need to take an internship if you want to get a good job right out of college.

Even if it’s not required for your major, there’s no doubt that it creates exponential value on your resume. While less local internships are becoming available close to home, internships abroad are booming with the increase of resources and globalization throughout the world.

Internships abroad not only provide you with the experience that employers want to see on your resume, but it also gives you the opportunity to travel and immerse yourself in new cultures. Plus, you’ll come home almost fluent in a new language (another awesome addition to your resume).

While every major can benefit from taking an internship abroad, here are 4 majors who absolutely NEED it to get their foot out the door in their career:

 

Business

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It’s no longer just bookkeeping and Sales for today’s business person. With the increase in technology, globalization, and eCommerce, there has been a major need for international business models and communication throughout all global markets.

By interning abroad in Business, you are not only showing your future employer that you understand the basics (i.e. financial analytics, marketing, etc.), but you are also able to interact with different cultures and overseas markets.

Other Majors that Can Benefit from an Internship Abroad:

  • Accounting & Auditing
  • Finance
  • Banking
  • Business Administration/Management
  • Consulting
  • Agricultural Business
  • Communications
  • International Trade

More Info: Business Internships Abroad

 

Conservation

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There are plenty of private companies, research institutions, and even non-profits who are happy to bring in interns to assist them in Conservation. The opportunities are endless in this sector due to the need for sustainability as well as protecting the environment.

This is a great program that helps Biology and similar majors get their feet wet and work alongside professionals in their field. Plus, you’re helping the environment (a major plus on all levels).

There is an increasing need for international interns to assist programs in Mexico, Uruguay and even places such as rural Scotland (no Spanish required for this Adelante program).

Other Majors that Can Benefit from an Internship Abroad:

  • Biology
  • Marine Science
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Science
  • Horticulture
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geosciences
  • Forestry
  • Wildlife Sciences

More Info: Environmental, Horticulture & Ecology Internships Abroad

 

Political Science

Political Science Internships - Adelante AbroadThe United States isn’t the only country with a government system (I’m sure that you already knew that though). Every country has their own rules and regulations within a justice system, and many of their methods enforced are a strong part of their culture.

Political science majors should not only understand their local government policies but also understand how it works together with international agreements, alliances, etc. And, just like our home country, you get to learn how different communities hold different opinions on various topics, such as women’s rights, LGBTQ, etc.

Students in this sector not only become familiar with foreign policies but also work toward increasing tolerance and decreasing discrimination issues in other countries. It shows future employers that you successfully held an internship AND made an impact within that community.

Other Majors that Can Benefit from an Internship Abroad:

  • International Relations
  • Human Rights
  • Criminal Justice
  • Social Work
  • LGBTQ Rights
  • Women’s Rights

More Info: Law Internships Abroad and Non-profits Internships Abroad

 

Healthcare

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Medical school alone is a rigorous process, and sometimes grades just aren’t enough. You must diversify and find a way to make your resume stand out against the crowd in this sector more than any other sector!

Medical internships are available in many foreign countries, and healthcare students are able to specialize in many programs abroad. By the end of your program, you might decide that being a surgeon wasn’t your calling and learn that you enjoy working with pediatricians, for example. You might even be interested in Equine Veterinary care!

Healthcare internships abroad can allow students to work in different environments, from a busy emergency room in the center of Madrid to a remote village in Oaxaca, Mexico. Here is another opportunity to learn the trade and make an impact.

Other Majors that Can Benefit from an Internship Abroad:

  • Public Health
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Physical Therapy
  • Kinesiology
  • Nutrition Science
  • Pharmacy
  • Veterinary / Equine Veterinary

More Info: Medical Internships Abroad, Pharmacy Internships Abroad and Psychology Internships Abroad

 

Looking to boost your resume? Want to travel, make an impact, and gain work experience? We currently have openings for our July internship programs for all of the above majors! Apply now to save your spot before they fill up!

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3 Ways an Internship Abroad Can Help Boost Your Resume

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Adelante Abroad has been providing guaranteed internship abroad placements for candidates since 1999. With the increase in college students trying to start their career right after graduation, there’s much more competition for that dream job you’ve been thinking about since you were a Sophomore (or even earlier). 

In a 2014 article in the Huffington Post, statistics showed that students who take on internships have a significantly higher chance of getting a full-time job right out of college. That was regardless of college GPA. Sort of puts a damper on the work a student had to put in to get that magna cum laude.

The truth is that many of Adelante’s candidates take on internships just for that reason. They want to show potential employers that they have international work experience, master a new culture (and often times a new language), and travel out of the country. But what makes an international internship stand out from others?

Here are three ways that an internship abroad can help boost your resume, followed by tips on how to present it at your next interview:

Cultural Fluency and Teamwork Skills

What is cultural fluency? Cultural fluency is the familiarity and relationship with other cultures outside of your own. It gives candidates a competitive advantage over other people applying for the same position, especially if the position or business requires communication across different countries and cultures.

Being immersed in a new culture through an international internship will help people gain cultural fluency. It also shows employers that you are capable of adapting and working within a multinational project or company. An employee with cultural fluency is able to work with other team members with different backgrounds and nationalization (both within and outside of the United States). With an increase in globalization and international businesses, this is a trait that is not just wanted but now expected from employers.

Interview Tip:

Talk about a time when you worked together with one of your coworkers in your international internship. Emphasize what you learned from it and how you have continued to use your teamwork skills since returning back home.

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Independence and Confidence

Most employers, when seeing international internship experience on a candidate’s resume, will perceive the candidate as more confident and able to work independently. Confidence and independence shows employers that you are able to solve problems on your own, especially in a fast-paced environment.

Anyone who has worked abroad understands the amount of independence and confidence needed to handle the culture shock and language barriers encountered during the first few weeks. It also teaches you how to adapt to new environments quickly and with confidence.

Let’s face it, if you can find your way around Barcelona tourist spots in the summer, then you can find the confidence to handle any fast-paced environment.

Interview Tip:

Provide examples or stories of times when you had to solve something quickly on your own and what it taught you. Bonus points if you had to do it with a barrier of some sort (such as not being fluent in a language at first).

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Newly Developed Skills and a Stronger Resume

When a candidate decides to take on an intern abroad, they become exposed to more practices and paradigms that they would not have experienced while working locally. With these new practices, candidates are much more likely to have learned new skill sets, such as a foreign language or a new method of efficiency.

While not all people have the opportunity to intern abroad, having international experience on your resume helps your credentials stand out more to employers. With more students leaving college with similar degrees (business, communications, etc.), getting a job is becoming more competitive and requires a little extra “push” for candidates nowadays.

Interview Tip:

Let your future employer know what skills you learned while abroad and how it has benefited you for future jobs. Explain what you did to ensure that you had mastered that skill for the company (practicing a new language, joining a training program, etc.). If any of your new skills required a certificate, be sure to include that in your resume or portfolio for them to see.

Adelante Abroad offers international internships throughout the year in Spain (Madrid, Barcelona, Seville), Ecuador, Chile, Mexico, Uruguay, and Scotland (Summer only). Free housing, intensive language classes, academic credit, and much more are included in your program. Apply now to save your spot!