Completing an international internship can do more than just help you stand out in an increasingly competitive job market. The added experience of exploring different cultures and meeting people from all over the world is an irreplaceable part of the process. Nevertheless, even before your travels begin, raising the costs associated with your international internship can be a worthwhile adventure in and of themselves. Drumming up the funds shouldn't keep you from a life-changing trip, so we've penned our top tips for meeting the bottom line!
Back in my senior year of high school, I took a trip to the UK with my class, and it turned out to be one of the greatest experiences of my life. I have wanted to go back ever since. Imagine my excitement when I saw an opportunity to work in London as an intern! The opportunity came about through Absolute Internship, a program that brings together students from various nations to work in major cities across the globe.
Why did you decide to do an internship abroad? How did you choose London?
I decided to do an internship after my first year because I was looking for relevant experience in my field and I knew I needed to work over the summer but I also wanted to travel. The Absolute Internship program was an awesome hybrid. I had thought about Madrid but decided on London because I had been there before and loved it. It is easy to travel and you can speak English so there is less of a culture shock. I love the culture of the city and the fact that it has one of the largest finance industries.
My Hong Kong internship is technically my first ever fulltime working experience, so you can imagine my nerves, my excitement, and my anticipations. When I arrived at the office on my first day, it felt like I was unwrapping the biggest gift that I had ever received in my life.
My name is Claire and I have just finished my third-year Bachelor Study in Finance and Economics at The University of Sydney. As a graduate soon-to-be, I have been actively involved in various career opportunities throughout the year. However, I do think that this Hong Kong internship would be the most exciting and challenging of all. Upon joining this program, I had a choice between Shanghai and Hong Kong. There are two reasons that I chose Hong Kong: first, its special position as ‘the centre of Asia’, incorporated with a mix of both western and Chinese culture; second, Hong Kong has long been one of the world’s most important financial centres, with presence of over 200 financial institutions. I look forward to immerse myself into its unique cultural environment as well as to get more insights on the finance industry.