How to Choose an Internship Provider

How to Choose an Internship Provider

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If you’ve already decided to do an internship abroad, you might be wondering where to look next. There are numerous companies out there specialising in internships in different destinations, so how do you sift through them all to find the best one for you? Here at Intern Asia we have plenty of experience in doing just this, so we’ve out together a guide to help you understand what to look for when choosing your internship provider.

 

Your Destination

Nowadays you can find an internship in almost any place imaginable, so narrowing it down to the countries you are most interested in is a good place start. Once you’ve decided on a location, it’s time to start researching which companies can help you find your ideal internship. Some companies offer placements in a range of destinations, while others specialise in one particular country. Those with a narrower focus allow themselves to become experts in their chosen destination, often meaning you will receive information and advice tailored specifically to that place. This can help you get the most out of your internship on both a professional and personal level and gain more in-depth knowledge about your host country.

 

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Your Aims

Your aims are some of the most important factors to consider when choosing your internship provider. What you wish to gain from an internship abroad may differ from the next person, so the company your friends have gone through may not necessarily be the right one for you. Different providers stand for and specialise in different things, and this will influence the kind of service you receive and experience you have. Consider what role you would like your internship provider to play in your experience; how much support do you need from them? Do you want them to provide accommodation? Do you wish to take a language course alongside your internship? Do you want to have the chance to attend social events and meet others in the same boat as you? These are all important questions to ask yourself when researching different providers and doing so will help you find the right one.

 

Your Field

While some internship providers specialise in certain destinations, others specialise in certain sectors. If professional development is your primary concern, research companies with a good reputation and connections in your chosen field. Before committing to a provider, find out the likelihood of them placing you in a role you want and of you finding out your internship position before you arrive. Some companies aren’t always able to do this, so find out sooner rather than later!

If you’re doing an internship as part of your degree, it’s important to check that the provider can offer you a position that meets your academic requirements. These include things such as hours worked, specific experience gained, or help with a project or research paper. If such information isn’t immediately clear on a provider’s website, don’t be afraid to ask. An internship abroad is an important experience, and it’s important you get it right!

 

Reputation

intern abroadInternship providers are not only responsible for finding you an appropriate placement, but also helping you legally enter your host country, and supporting you throughout your internship. You should therefore choose a company you feel you can trust and that has a good reputation. Check how long the company has been in the business, how many interns they have placed, their partnerships, social media presence and alumni reviews. Use TripAdvisor, Glassdoor and Facebook to help you make an informed decision based on the experience of previous participants.

A sign of a good provider is how much attention they give to you as an individual. Many companies offer applicants a telephone interview during which their staff gather as much information as possible about your interest, experience and aims to find the right program for you. This gives you a good opportunity to get a feel for the company and to ask them questions before making your decision. While companies who demand an up-front payment may be legitimate, it’s always best to chat to a member of staff first. 

 

Value for money

Internship providers charge fees for their services, so it’s important you get your moneys worth. Do your research and shop around to find the best deal for the service you wish to receive. Many providers offer different packages that range in price and amount of inclusions, so be sure to check different options out. Compare different companies to see what they offer in comparison to their competitors and decide which package suits you best.

Many companies offer benefits to their alumni even after the internship is over, including access to networking events, a community of like-minded people, and even help in your future career. It’s worth checking what benefits you receive as alumni of different companies, as you never know when this may come in useful!

 

An internship abroad is a life-changing experience that you’ll remember forever. Taking the time to do some research will help ensure those memories are good ones and that you get the most out of your time abroad. If you need any further guidance on choosing your internship provider, get in touch with our team, or check out our partner organisations to see how they can help you find your dream position. 

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