About Physical Therapy Internships Abroad
World Endeavors physical therapy interns get the chance to work in the offices of physical therapists and sports therapists, learning about how a practice is run and gaining experience with helping patients. An international internship in physical therapy may include shadowing professional therapists, assisting with strength and conditioning programs, assisting patients with therapy machines, and designing and evaluating therapy programs. Some administrative support work may also be part of the physical therapy interns’ responsibilities.
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: Physical Therapy Abroad
In the growing field of physical therapy, it is important to get direct experience working with professionals and patients. International interns get a broader perspective on the relationships between patients and providers, and on the ways in which physical therapy can improve patients’ lives. Working abroad also demonstrates flexibility and commitment to the field, and having an international internship on the résumé can be a great advantage in future job searches.
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 Physical Therapy Internships
Interns should have a strong interest in physical therapy work and the patience and empathy needed to work in patient care. Good communication and organization skills are particularly important, as is self-motivation and the ability to work independently and with others. Some knowledge of first aid may be helpful.
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