We understand that the ‘match’ with your placement has a lot to do with the success of the experience and so we place a great deal of importance on the selection of a placement. Here are some thoughts on some of the choices you will need to make:
Are you looking to make sure you improve a foreign language? Are you equally drawn to the cultural aspect of your internship experience? Does a specific country offer unique placements that would draw you there? These might all be reasons for choosing a country? Remember that ultimately, you ability to engage with and be open to the culture of which ever culture you choose may be the single most important factor in the success of your internship experience.
Are you required to gain practical experience in a certain field for your degree? Are you looking to further your understanding of a field in order to guide you in future career path decisions? Have you simply always wanted to try something new? What ever your reasons for choosing a given field for you internship, remember that the companies you will be working with will be expecting professional and engaged interns prepared to jump in and learn from the opportunity afforded to them.
We know that housing types are a preference and that each intern may have reasons for which one is better suited for them than another. We also find that certain housing types are simply too hard to make available to you in certain locations. However, with that in mind, we believe we have a healthy set of options in most locations that allow you to choose which best suits you.
Are you ready to immerse yourself into a local family in a homestay setting? Or do you want to be more private and independent and live in a single apartment? Perhaps you want more of a cohort experience, and would prefer to share an apartment with other interns and even try cooking for yourself? Perhaps you have relatives who live in the city where you will be interning? In this case, a placement only internship may be your best option. See our housing section for more details.