Source: Oxford Royale Academy
In many previous website articles, we’ve documented the benefits of internships for our students. They provide practical experience, a taste of life in a specific career, networking opportunities, workplace confidence, and practise using specialist skills and vocabulary among real world customers and colleagues. Perhaps of most importance for international students, internships provide a chance to get into internal hiring queues, a crucial advantage, as with the continued economic downturn, companies are refocusing on hiring from within their own ranks.Internships have, in recent years, become an integral part of the school and collegiate landscape across the world. In this article, originally published by ICEF Monitor, we look at the growing importance of international internships, offer tips on finding opportunities abroad, and what this multicultural work experience means for employers and students.
But how to find the right company for you? Fortunately, there are hundreds of international internship resources. At universities and schools your careers officer would be the best starting point. Lauren Berger, of internship listing websitewww.internqueen.com, suggests that students call companies in which they have an interest and inquire directly. She recommends making a list of ten companies, then visiting their websites and collecting contact information for their internship coordinators.
Employers increasingly expect applicants to have had internships in their chosen line of work. As Sir Tim Wilson, author of a UK government paper on business-university collaboration suggests, ‘The world has changed. If you look at a lot of internships offered in the corporate sector, these are highly competitive. I think we’re beginning to see internships being used as part of an extended interview process’.
Collated international data for internships is not readily available, however various surveys help provide some details. In the USA, a 2012 survey of 15,715 graduating students by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) revealed that 55% had received internship or co-op experience. Of that group, 51% had been offered at least one job. Broadly speaking, students who have worked as interns command higher starting salaries. Research from Inspiring Interns revealed that UK graduates who interned for as little as three months could earn £1500 more in their first year of working than graduates without work experience.
Whilst Oxford Royale Academy does not offer internships, a summer studying abroad in Oxford highlights your ability to produce academic work in an international context, build friendships and networks with students from all around the world, and balance this academic achievement with the culturally enriching extra-curricular activities included in every Oxford Royale Academy course. We still have limited space available for summer 2013, click here to enrol: Oxford Summer School 2013.