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What is an internship?

Updated: Jan 17

what is an internship

For many, an internship represents that rite of passage from being a student to becoming a young professional. By the end of an internship, you should have a clearer idea of your strengths, your weaknesses, and the areas you can improve.

During your internship, you can assess the company, the culture, the industry, and the type of work. If it isn’t for you, that’s fine. Either way you will have a much better idea of what you want (and what you don’t want) for your future career.

For the intern, it is an opportunity to explore areas of interest, develop (new) skills, obtain exposure to different aspects of work and learn from professionals with experience in a specific sector. These tips and practical improvements are just a starting point. The way in which you decide to make the most of your internship will be specific to your values, needs and expertise.

For the employer, having an intern as part of their team is an opportunity to foster emerging talent and gain new perspectives while benefiting from additional support on certain projects.

When considering an internship abroad, it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you to learn a lot about yourself, such as;

Who you are, how you treat people, how you work with people, how you get projects completed on time, how you react to challenges, are you organized, do you adapt successfully, are you teachable, do you listen effectively to others, do you have an attitude and work ethic that make an environment better, did you accomplish your goals, did you exceed expectations, what did you learn, among many other things.

what is an internship

An internship is an excellent way to determine what is the right career path for you and is a useful transition from being a student to becoming a professional.

If you would like to know more about life in Colombia or how to apply for internships in Colombia, please contact a member of our team.

This article was written & published by Intern Colombia on 01 June 2023

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