Applying to Internships Abroad
By Daniel Diab, Vice President of Quotes, the PR Club at UCF
We all want to take that next step that’ll help us experience new things and new places. By interning abroad you get a feel for different work environments before making the choice of where you want to work after graduating. Unfortunately, we usually lack the confidence it takes to apply abroad. Like many others, I was guilty of thinking I wasn’t good enough despite the reality of things.
We tend to take for granted the prestige we gain from universities in the United States, such as UCF. Just like we tend to think we are not good enough for work abroad, people abroad tend to think the same about working in Florida. What is even more special about programs in our institutions is that we get to intern during the semester. Many institutions abroad might not give their students as much flexibility, which leads to students in the U.S. having more work experience on their resumes.
During the spring semester, I was so caught up with my Orlando internship and midterm exams that I let many of my ideal internships pass me by. I had completed three internships already, and as a senior, I did not want to settle for just anything, so I started thinking of what opportunities I still had left.
I was in Lebanon for the week seeing family when a couple of my friends suggested I find an internship while visiting. I said that if I was going to work abroad I wanted something with a little name recognition. What I hadn’t given much thought to, though, was the fact that many great companies such as Leo Burnett have locations in over 70 countries.
UCF’s Ad/PR program has always been very competitive yet nurturing, and thanks to the events held by the faculty and Quotes, such as Intern Pursuit or resume workshops, I was able to differentiate myself from the crowd. After sending a respectful email with my resume and work samples attached, I was admitted into the Leo Burnett Academy before I knew it. I had not even considered applying to them before, but here I was interning for them abroad.
The Ad/PR program at UCF is very competitive, and because of that, students tend to take themselves for granted sometimes, not realizing the opportunities we have are a privilege many would love to have. The only way to find out is by reaching out. In the worst case, organizations thank you for your time; in other cases, you gain the opportunity of a lifetime.