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Choosing an Internship
When choosing an internship to apply for, what are your concerns? What makes a good internship to you? What makes you a good candidate for the program? In addition, ask yourself why you are interested in interning abroad, and perhaps not studying abroad.
Once you begin your internship, you are expected to contribute your skills and knowledge to the host organization as a member of staff. While this is an opportunity for you to learn and gain, your on-site supervisor and colleagus will see you as a capable member of their term. This means having a good amount of relevant experiences in the field prior to going abroad is very important.
Here are some factors to take into considerations when you are choosing your internship site:
- Criteria (e.g. major, language skills) listed in the internship position page
- Term when the internship position is available
- Experience you are seeking matches with intern's job description
- Cost of internship listed in each position page
- Geographical location of the internship
- Cultural challenges you may encounter and your previous international experiences
If you plan to gain more professional experiences (e.g. part-time job, shadowing, domestic internships) between the time you apply for an IE3 internship and when you plan to go abroad, feel free to include those plans in your cover letter and/or essays. As mentioned above, having a good amount of previous professional experience is crucial, and it is also one of the keys to a successful international internship experience.