About Accounting Internships Abroad
Participating in a World Endeavors accounting internship abroad is one of the best ways to experience the depth and variety of the field. Internship opportunities cover the full spectrum of international accounting jobs, from helping small businesses meet their financial needs to learning the ins and outs of major international firms. During the course of their internship, international accounting interns may find themselves assisting with the preparation of financial reports and tax returns for businesses and individuals, maintaining and updating accounting records, or participating in meetings with clients to determine their accounting needs. Interns may also do some research and provide administrative support for their supervisors and colleagues.
With any internship, specific daily responsibilities may vary based on the requirements of the host company or organization, as well as on the location or timeframe of the internship. The qualifications, skills, and experience of the intern may also influence the type and complexity of work assigned.
The Value of Interning Abroad
Many students spend hours in the classroom, only to graduate with no practical experience. Completing an international internship can give you the experience and confidence you need to pursue your chosen career after college. An international internship stands out on your resume, gives you an edge in a tough job market, and affords you a valuable global perspective. Interning abroad can also introduce you to different ways of working, giving you more flexibility and greater comfort with diverse points of view as you enter the workforce. Plus, interning in a non-English speaking country gives you the opportunity to greatly improve your foreign language proficiency, another skill that is highly valued by employers.
In the Spotlight: Accounting Abroad
As the world gets smaller, accountants with a global perspective on their field become increasingly valuable, especially if they plan to work for companies with an international presence. Employers know that applicants who have interned abroad have strong communication skills and are willing and able to adapt to unfamiliar circumstances. Those traits are crucial for gaining an edge in this very competitive field.
Eligibility for Internships Abroad
Successful international interns have a strong desire to learn more about their chosen field, as well as to immerse themselves in a new culture and environment. World Endeavors looks for applicants who are hard working, adaptable, and able to work both independently and as part of a team. Previous professional work experience, academic coursework in the chosen field, or international experience is helpful but is not a requirement to participate in a World Endeavors international internship. In addition, foreign language proficiency is not a requirement for participation; even in non-English speaking countries, many English-language internships are available.
World Endeavors’ minimum age for participation is 18. There is no maximum age for participation. Due to the customized nature of our internship placements, interns at all stages of their careers are welcome on the program. If you have further questions about program eligibility, please contact a World Endeavors advisor.
Note: Other Considerations/Skills for Accounting Internships
Accountants don’t just work with numbers—they work with people. Aspiring professionals in the field of accounting must develop good communication skills and confidence interacting professionally with others, as well as a strong foundation in the technical skills of accounting. Being well-organized and self-directed will also help international accounting interns get the most out of their experience abroad.
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