Internships are often on the mind of college students. They’re important for gaining vital work skills, networking within an industry and even potentially landing a good job after graduation. If you’re looking for that extra leg-up on your résumé and some academic credit to boot, consider an internship abroad.
While there are lots of options, these five cities are standouts in the global economy and excellent locations to build your future career—and explore a new culture while you’re at it!
Hong Kong is a thriving financial center perfect for any intern looking for immersion in a fast-paced global economy, while experiencing a unique fusion of Eastern and Western cultures. After a dramatic boom in economic growth over the past few decades, Hong Kong has found itself at the center of rapid globalization, now the second largest host to corporate headquarters in the Asia-Pacific region.
Getting around is a breeze, too, whether you’re commuting to work or going to explore the rich range of activities the city has to offer. Hong Kong has an extremely sophisticated public transportation system that around 90 percent of its citizens use—that’s the highest in the world!
London is one of two Alpha++ Global Cities in the Global Cities Index (matched only by New York City), making it the dream internship spot for a student seeking experience abroad in any field. London alone has five major business districts, with its leading industry in finance, and is the world’s largest currency trading center. Not looking for an internship in business or finance? Not to worry, London’s technology, tourism, sports, and cultural sectors are thriving, offering nearly any imaginable hands-on work opportunity in the city.
During your down time, you’ll have every opportunity to explore London’s endless parks and landmarks, enjoy trademark meals like fish and chips, and connect with local life.
Not only is Tokyo the most populous metropolitan area and largest metropolitan economy in the world, it’s also ranked as the world’s safest city by the 2017 Safe Cities index. Tokyo is a leader in a number of sectors—business, financial, environmental, cultural, tourism and several more—meaning opportunities abound in the city.
If you’re looking for an exciting combination of work experience and Japanese culture, Tokyo is an excellent choice. And for those looking to go in summer 2020, an added bonus: Tokyo will be hosting the 2020 Summer Olympic Games!
As a European cultural hub, Paris invokes the idea of opportunities in fashion, communications and the arts. However, Paris also is a massive center for services and commerce, making it the ideal city to hone global business skills both inside and out of these sectors.
Live the French value of healthy work-life balance through engaging experiences at your placement during work hours and exploring the exciting sights and sounds of the city outside of them.
While this addition may be surprising, São Paolo is the world’s 10th largest city and hosts the largest stock exchange in South America. As a financial, cultural and industrial hub for the whole continent, São Paolo has a wealth of opportunities in a variety of industries. It’s also a rising global business center—surprisingly, it’s the largest international center for German businesses worldwide!
São Paolo is perfect for any student looking to experience vibrant Latin American culture and gain work experience in a dynamic, rapidly growing city.
While these five internship locations are all excellent options, there are lots more! CU Boulder Education Abroad offers summer internship programs in 22 cities all over the world. Can’t make it work for the summer? There are also semester programs that offer internship components that can be completed alongside your regular coursework.
Ready to get started? Connect with Education Abroad! Drop in for Global Advising between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, in C4C S355; no appointments necessary.