About International Relations Internships Abroad
World Endeavors interns in the field of international relations work for organizations engaged with issues of global importance, such as human rights, globalization, humanitarian action, and international economic development. The tasks of the internship may include assisting with research on international policy, drafting and fact-checking reports, writing grant applications, or assisting with public awareness efforts. Internship tasks may also include some administrative support work.
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: International Relations Abroad
There is perhaps no field in which it is more valuable to have experience working abroad than international relations. Working abroad gives interns the perspective to understand the scale and the stakes of international issues, and it gives them the cultural vocabulary needed to work for companies or organizations with an international presence. And in a competitive job market, having international work experience on the résumé demonstrates a job seeker’s adaptability to new circumstances and commitment to the 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.
Other Considerations for International Relations Internships
Prospective interns should be self-motivated, organized, and strongly interested in working on international issues. Good communication skills are a must. Successful interns should be able to adapt to living and working in unfamiliar circumstances and able to meet deadlines, both independently and as part of a team.
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