How To Get In The Right Mindset Before Your Overseas Internship

 

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How to Get in the Right Mindset Before Your Overseas Internship

A little bit of preparation can go a long way. Getting in the right mindset before embarking on an overseas internship is crucial in terms of maximizing the benefits of what will surely be an experience of a lifetime. Here are some tips on how to do this, based on our experience:

1. Curb Your Internship Expectations – Of course you want to make a huge impact in the organization you intern with… but the truth is, not all companies (domestic or international) will entrust you to carry out essential tasks right out of the gate. Don’t let that discourage you.

What to do instead: Take it in stride. Show up on time, observe, ask, learn from everything and all those around you as much as you can to take away something meaningful.

2. Get Ready to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone – It’s not easy, but be prepared to try things your normal self typically wouldn’t. You’re already undertaking something most people wouldn’t by doing an international internship. Why not go all out and make the best of it all? A common theme from travelers is being really glad they experienced things that they wouldn’t necessarily try under normal circumstances; don’t be afraid to take a page out of their book and be adventurous!

3. Living Arrangements: Be Respectful of Others! – This one may sound funny or even common sense, but take it from us… you don’t want to turn your living arrangements into a nightmare. The people you live with can either be your best friends or your worst enemies; same goes for your temporary landlord. An easy way to make sure the latter doesn’t happen is to be respectful and considerate of others’ space, privacy, and property. This may be the simplest of our suggestions, but trust us… it can go a long way.

4. If There Are Things You Want To Do/See, Make A Few Plans! – It’s unbelievable how fast time flies by in general, let alone when you’re overseas. Set aside some time and maybe a few plans to do all the things you know you definitely want to do. There’s nothing worse than thinking you have all the time in the world then next thing you know, you’re getting ready to come back home without having the chance to experience all that you wanted.

5. Say No To English (If You’re In A Spanish Speaking Country)! – You’ll have plenty of opportunities to speak English when you return (or whatever your native tongue is if you don’t reside in an English speaking country). One of the key components of our programs is language acquisition. Resist the urge to speak English, even if your housemates or locals decide to converse in English to you. Practice your Spanish as much as possible! Only by doing this will you maximize your acquisition of Spanish speaking skills.

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If you’re willing to do all of these things, we’re willing to be you’ll have nothing but a positive experience!

Unique Internships Abroad: May ’15 Edition

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Unique Internships: Part I

This blog will be the first of many featuring one-of-a-kind internships we offer.

What many people don’t know is that we offer a wide range of internship opportunities across varying fields and sectors. Here are 5 internship placements you probably didn’t think you could do abroad.

1. Sports

(Intern in Barcelona, Madrid)

For individuals looking to get into the highly competitive sports industry, an internship like this can help you achieve exactly that. Placements can be with an actual team, typically first or second division futbol or basketball, or with companies in sports marketing or community relations!

 2. Graphic Design

(Intern in Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, Vina del Mar/Valparaiso, Oaxaca, Montevideo, San Jose)

Graphic design is one of our internship fields with plenty of options, but for some reason people don’t think they can do this kind of work in Spanish or South American countries. We’re here to tell you that you can! Between family run businesses to international corporations, there is always a need for individuals with graphic design talent.

3. Spanish Equestrian

(Intern in Montevideo)

In this unique placement, interns will have a variety of duties working with equestrian life. Among them include building endurance, preparing the foals, and other training tasks. Candidates will also live on-site in their on studio apartment, where they will be close by to work the ranch and stables.

4. Human Resources

(Volunteer in Oaxaca, Intern in Vina del Mar/Valparaiso)

This is another field we offer internship placements that may surprise some. However, this is an opportunity to work in the Human Resources (HR) departments of various corporate companies as well as non-profits and government offices. Candidates will be responsible for a wide arrange of HR duties such as wage calculation, employee insurance issues, assisting with employee turnover, and more.

5. Culinary

(Intern in Barcelona, Madrid, Oaxaca)

We feel it’s a must for prospective chefs and culinary professionals to add an aspect of international flavor to their repertoire. It’s a good thing we offer placements in a variety of different environments such prospective professionals can hone their skills; internships can be in renowned hotels, historic restaurants, or “alternative” vegetarian and vegan cafes. By the way, Oaxaca is one of the world’s most well-known culinary hot spots, so take advantage of these placements!

Candidate Update: Christina C. (Intern in Barcelona)

 

We recently caught up with one of our current candidates who is abroad in Barcelona, Spain. Here is was Christina C. has had to say about her experience so far:

“Things are going fantastically here! I have had the opportunity to go on a couple different excursions with my university’s study abroad program with students studying here (including my two best friends!) so that has been fantastic! We have gone to Parc Guell, La Sagrada Familia, Montjuic, casa Batllo, and more.  I highly suggest any student that may know a school who is doing a study abroad program in their city try to get in contact!

So far I have only traveled a little outside the city, once to see my host family from when I studied here in high school who live in the mountains, and few other trips to the coast. I will however be traveling to Montserrat and Croatia these next two weeks. I also had the opportunity to attend a music festival about two weeks ago called Abroadfest that hosts numerous music artists  such as Cedric Gervais and Madeon and lights shows throughout a weekend every spring in Barcelona. There are a huge number of music festivals and concerts here in the spring and early summer so I suggest students look into those!”

 

~ Christina C., Northeastern University

 

Summer 2015: Our Top 5 Program Destinations

Summer is the time to be abroad. We offer some amazing programs that will get you overseas and boost your resume or CV… Here are our top 5 Summer programs in pictures!


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Top5Oaxaca

 

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Click on any of the pictures below to view their respective programs.