It is recommended that you give yourself at least six to eight months to prepare yourself for an internship abroad. This will ensure adequate time to learn of the many opportunities available and to select one that’s right for you. When utilizing internship placement programs, remember that deadlines will vary and you will need to plan carefully to meet all of the requirements set forth by the organization and/or country where you select to work.
Although finding an internship abroad can be challenging, some positions are easier to find than others. For example, there are many positions available for au pairs, teaching English as a Second Language (ESL), as well as volunteer opportunities. It will usually depend on the country’s requirements and stipulations for working in the country that will ultimately define how rigorous the challenge will be.
Gaining a global perspective by interning, working, or volunteering abroad offers invaluable experience to college students and new graduates. Today more students than ever before are completing study abroad programs during one or more of their four years of college and, in addition, are seeking additional cross – cultural experiences by participating in some form of experiential education that provides actual work or volunteer experience in a new culture. So if you’re interested in doing an internship abroad, be sure to start researching opportunities early to ensure that there is adequate time to meet the requirements of the country and/or organization.