About Finance Internships Abroad
A wide variety of placements are available in the financial sector, from major investment banks to the financial departments of small companies. World Endeavors international finance interns may research and produce quarterly reports, assist with budgeting and financial planning, update financial documents, attend meetings, or review financial policies and procedures. In smaller companies, interns may assist in multiple departments, learning about the sales, financial, and administrative aspects of the business. Finance interns may also provide administrative support for the finance department of their host company.
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: Finance Abroad
Finance is a competitive field, and it is important to pursue the best opportunities to build a dynamic résumé. A finance internship abroad not only teaches interns about the basics of working in finance, but also equips them with the flexibility and global perspective needed to succeed in today’s rapidly changing financial world.
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.
Other Considerations for Finance Internships
To be successful as a finance intern abroad, it is important to have strong skills in communication, research, and problem-solving, and to be prepared to think creatively and work in groups. An academic background in accounting or finance, or previous work experience in the field, can help secure some competitive placements. Attention to detail, a willingness to adjust to a new culture, and comfort with a fast-paced work environment will all help make the internship a success.
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