Interning in general is the best thing anyone can do for themselves and their future career. You can experiment on the things you like and don’t like without actually making the commitment with an organization for many years. As an intern, not only do you get to learn basic skills, but you are also challenged mentally and, quite often, physically. And if you do it right, you can build connections that will help you plan out the rest of your life.
However, quite often than not, many people forget that they don’t have to stick to a single country or city. Yes, New York is amazing, Washington, D.C., is great for economics and business majors, and Los Angeles is incredible for fashion inspirers. There are many organizations that one can intern in their own country or city.
But I say the best thing one can have on their resume is if they were able to intern abroad. Now that is a challenge that everyone should take. Like the saying goes, “if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere”; except it wouldn’t be New York, it would be Italy or even China.
I was fortunate enough to meet a friend who interned at the Embassy in Italy. She told me that she was able to grow as an individual, take challenges like no other, and learn a language that she never spoke before.
Try beating that in an interview.
I will be taking on that very same challenge this summer. In exactly one month and five days, I will be interning in France in a castle. Not only do I get to build my resume, but I also get to fulfill my childhood dream of being a princess!
Even if the latter is mostly in my head, the best part is that I will be doing it all in French. After two years of studying French, I will finally be putting it into use in a professional setting and as part of my life for two whole months.
Why am I telling you all of this exactly?
Well partly because I get to brag about myself, but the main reason is because I feel that people become so stuck in a specific bubble that they forget they have the whole world in their hands.
Wouldn’t it be great if you were able to work in a medical field in India? Worked as a language assistant in Russia? Or even dug out artifacts in Egypt?
It doesn’t even have to pertain to what you really want to do in the future as long as it’s important to you. And you never know, you may decide you want to be running around Taiwan for the rest of your life.
Yes, interning is important, but why don’t you spin it in a way that will give you a life experience that may turn your life into an adventure anyone would kill to have!
This blog post was written by Jennifer Rodriguez, our Campus Ambassador from Connecticut College.