By: Tommey Liang
During summer 2013 I studied and interned in Salzburg, Austria. My internship experience gave me a better idea of what I wanted to pursue professionally. Being abroad also taught me about the differences in work culture and hierarchy, as well as strengthening my German. I am grateful for this experience because it helped shape the professional I am today.
Additionally I am thankful for the opportunity of teaching English in China for 11 months. It gave me a chance to serve the youth and allowed me to travel to many places in China, Japan and Thailand. It also gave me more confidence as a professional and as a human being overall. All of the experiences taught me something, and the memories have transformed my life for the better.
A few non-profit global opportunities are the likes of Peace Corps, Fulbright Fellowships, and City Year in the UK and South Africa. These are all enriching experiences that provide a chance for you to give back and make a difference in an impoverished community, educate struggling students and teach or conduct research. The stipend or income may be low, but these are all fulfilling experiences.
If it is a multinational for-profit company, they have offices in other parts of the globe as well. For example, The Boeing Company is in Canada, the UK, Israel, Australia, India, Kenya and a few other countries. Candidates can apply to work in other locations if they so desire. It doesn’t have to be Boeing – other multinational companies tend to have offices outside of the U.S., too.
Seek out global opportunities through a myriad of sources. You can find them through the international office on campus, a study abroad office (some study abroad programs may include internship), a third-party agency (some may incur a fee), internship or job boards, or going directly to international or multinational organizations’ websites.
Another is GoinGlobal, accessed through “Resources” on Handshake. GoinGlobal lists thousands of opportunities, part-time or full-time internships, jobs, and provides examples of curriculum vitaes (CVs), resumes and cover letters for a variety of countries. That way you can prepare your documents in a certain way when you are applying for opportunities in a particular country.
Ultimately I believe everyone should have the opportunity to do an internship abroad or take a growth year overseas to work or become a part of something greater than themselves. You can strengthen your resume, establish new connections and learn a new language. Some employers look at an internship abroad or work abroad opportunity favorably. It is important to have exposure to a different culture and learn from another workplace; to build relationships with others from other parts of the world; and to develop as a person and become globally connected.
A graduate of the University of Florida and master’s graduate of University of Central Florida, Tommey Liang is a program manager for aerospace engineering and computational mathematics students at Career Services – Daytona Beach. He enjoys watching anime, playing videos games and spending time with his partner. Feel free to connect with him on social media: Twitter | Instagram