Importance of an international internship on your resume
How to stand out on the job market? How can your CV turn the odds in your favour to be granted that dream job?
Relevant international business experience is what can make the difference!
With not too much innovation in today’s business degrees, hiring companies are looking for candidates that bring different abilities to the table. Doing one or more internships overseas is an excellent way to shine up your resume and make you stand out when the top jobs are distributed. It will provide you with the necessary experience and prove that you possess key skills.
Advanced skills set
Nowadays, with the internet eliminating distances, the world market is at arm’s reach to anyone. And more and more companies are operating over borders and on other continents. The ability of you being able to communicate in other languages and understanding cultural differences, are the skills that companies are looking for when hiring new employees.
Not everyone is able to do an internship overseas. It takes a type of person that is ambitious, adventurous, flexible and eager to learn, with advanced communication skills who likes to stretch its limits and explore the new and unknown.
It is the advanced knowledge and improved skill set, learned during your overseas internship experience that will make the difference on the work floor. And that’s like music into the ears of your new employers. An independent soul, with the ability to form its own opinions, a confident decision maker who defines strategies and executes them, giving direction, is the future leader. That is a gem to any organization.
When doing your Internship with us you already prove to be the real deal. Your internship experience will bring you valuable international contacts. You will be integrated in the daily business routine of an organization, exploring all internal and external communication channels, in many cases dealing with international clients. And don’t underestimate the value of working with a team of people in the company that form a pool of unlimited knowledge to practice and develop your networking skills. These professional contacts will serve you during your internship and they could easily become mentors during the rest of your career.
Your internship experience in Colombia will be one huge Cultural exchange, from the beginning till the end. Meeting and dealing with the locals on a daily basis, communicating with hand and feet at first and soon laying a solid basis and improving your Spanish. When choosing to live in a shared accommodation, you will meet many other foreigners and share similar experiences. A great opportunity for making lifetime friendships.
It is the ideal way for gaining a “real world” perspective on an occupation and Global awareness. How people interact on the work floor and how business ethics, etiquette and the hierarchy works in companies. An excellent chance for you to “test drive” a career and figure out if you would be happier in marketing or finance for example, without having the responsibilities of a permanent employee.
You are extremely valuable also to the company receiving you. Being able to use your talents without having to make hiring commitments. We have seen in various occasions though our interns receiving a proposal to continue on in the company, after the internship is completed. And we currently have an open position for the role of Marketing and Social Media Coordinator, offering beforehand, the possibility to work for the company fulltime after the internship in Colombia, another South-American country or even from your home country as an ambassador, how great is that!
Positive impact of Study Abroad
Sources: Surveys by University of California Merced, International Education of Students IES, Inside Higher Education, University of Florida, Singapore Management University and the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD).
Paid internships with benefits
Paisa Internship offers paid internships for undergraduate and graduate students. And even if you are not a student, you can apply for an internship and get a student visa when enrolling in a full Spanish language course with our partners. This way you have the possibility to combine it with your desired internship in Colombia.