Intern abroad with if i could… and you get the chance to make a difference in the lives of others, meet new people, experience new cultures and explore fabulous destinations and most importantly, gain valuable work experience. Making the transition from classroom to career can be daunting at times and an international internship can help make the switch easier.
“An international internship is a great way of gaining experience in your chosen field and putting your skills into practice, whilst getting a taste of full time employment. Doing an internship abroad is also a way of proving your ability to work under pressure and to perform under more challenging circumstances. Your experience abroad will also give you a new, unique perspective by introducing you to different cultures and allowing you to learn from this,” says Jess Wills, Senior Programme Coordinator.
Here are our 6 top reasons to intern abroad with if i could…
1. International experience
Amy Lee, Coordinator for Simon Fraser University Co-Op in Vancouver, Canada says that “local employers value international experience because companies are becoming more international.” By listing an internship abroad on your CV/resume, you ensure that you stand out amongst your peers. Employers also look out for diversity and interesting work experiences on your resume and time spent interning or volunteering in a third world country can add real value to your resume and makes you a more ‘interesting’ and worldly candidate for potential employers.
2. Networking opportunities
By living and working in a different country, you add valuable contacts to your network. Understanding business culture around the world is a highly valued trait which enhances interpersonal and communication skills. Other than work colleagues, you also have the opportunity to make new friends from many different countries. You get the chance to learn a new language, develop new skills and make memories while you intern abroad.
3. A new perspective.
Moving to a different country will broaden your horizons. During your internship, you will be exposed to some of the social and economic challenges people face, and this will change the way you look at the world. “There is no better way to build your confidence as a social development practitoner than getting involved in community work at grassroots level. Spending time in a nonprofit in New Delhi or Cape Town presents a unique opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and into another reality entirely and to truly experience the reality of many living in challenging circumstances. This builds compassion, resilience, problem solving and empathy and we encourage all our interns who sign up to if i could… that these life-changing experiences will really help shape their careers and change perspectives in a positive, meaningful way,” says Lindy Briginshaw, Director of Creative Consulting & Development Works, and founder of if i could…
4. Weekends and holidays are so much more interesting!
Want to hike up Lion’s Head in the morning and spend the afternoon relaxing on Clifton’s sandy beaches? In Cape Town you can do just that. Or, if you’re more culturally inclined, New Delhi has a myriad of festivals throughout the year, with temples and monuments just a day trip away. Fancy a trip to the famous, iconic Taj Mahal and watch the sun set over the Ganges, or take time out in Goa or on a houseboat in the backwaters of Kerala? India has some amazing travel opportunities. Our team will help with cultural outings and excursions and guide you on how to spend your weekends so that you can really have an amazing experience.
5. Making a difference
With internships in Cape Town and New Delhi, the if i could… programme is your gateway to a meaningful experience abroad. In addition to experiencing the history and culture these two beautiful cities have to offer, you also have the chance to make a difference in the lives of those living in the development sector.
6. In country support
We offer an extensive orientation to make sure you are well settled in your new city and accommodation assistance to help you find your home-away-from-home. Learn a new language with our Xhosa and Hindi classes and meet our other interns during our planned intern outings to show you around the city.
Our applications are accepted on a rolling basis; please visit www.ificould.co.za to find out more about our programme, and click here to apply. We would love to hear from you, so contact our team to start planning to intern abroad with if i could…