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Absolute Internship is an award-winning global internship program. We offer students the opportunity to broaden their professional and social network whilst gaining invaluable skills in their industry of choice. Since our inception in 2009 we have matched over 5,000 students with 800+ corporate partners in world-class cities including Barcelona, Beijing, Hong Kong, Madrid, Paris, Lisbon, London, Shanghai, Singapore, Stockholm and Tokyo. We are regularly featured in The New York Times, BBC News, Forbes Magazine, Financial Times, and Bloomberg as a worldwide leader for internship programs.

Prepare Yourself for the Future of Work

A resume that shows a willingness to embrace risk -in roles, industries, even location- is an asset in these uncertain times. How many of your classmates can say they interned remotely for a company in Japan? Study abroad or good grades is no longer special. Top employers want graduates that are adaptable with international work experience before graduation. Google, Microsoft or Amazon have announced permanent remote policies. More info:


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Yes, I recommend this program

Interning with Absolute Internship has been an incredible experience! Absolute has allowed me to work remotely for a company based in London with ease and support. Being an intern at an online law firm was something I never thought I would be able to do as an undergraduate student. Thanks to the resources provided by Absolute Internship and the amazing team members and mentors that gave me assistance throughout the entire process, I was given an offer that catered to what I was looking for. My journey through Absolute Internship has been nothing but positive and exciting. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to explore the legal field and work towards my professional future!

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Yes, I recommend this program

My experience was successful, as it was my first time working abroad and in the English language was an step forward for me and try to work in another country is very important for me as I could gain a lot of knowledge. Gaining experience on my CV abroad is vital for my future if I want to work in another country specially in UK which it is my goal. The company was kind with me every time and every moment I was comprehensive by them , and I had a good welcoming. I would recommend to everyone to do this step in theirs lives and have this experience as it is good to do a step out of your comfort zone.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would change the department, not because I didn't like the marketing department, only because I want to know and learn more about other departments inside the companies.
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No, I don't recommend this program

This program was said to be a remote program that would partner me with a company located in Singapore. After being partnered with them they told me I would be working with their North American branch... This was not terrible seeing as the time zone would be the same as mine. However, after a week into the internship it was clear that HR had dumped me on the marketing team without the marketing team having a plan of what to do with me. My marketing supervisor was good to work with and did what he could with me, but it was a tough situation for him.

What would you improve about this program?
Vet the participating companies better beforehand.
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Yes, I recommend this program

According to Molinksy’s definition, global dexterity is the ability to adapt our behavior within a foreign culture without losing our authentic selves in the process. In other words, it’s about “fitting in without stepping too far outside our personal comfort zone.” It’s not enough to recognize the cultural differences; what’s more important is that we need to apply our awareness and knowledge to real actions. And this remote internship gave me an opportunity to do that. During the internship, I stumbled to learn about the differences and uniqueness of the social media culture in Japan. I also enjoy this learning process since I have a vast interest in what I’m assigned to do and I’m also curious about different points of view of looking at social media. This has been a rewarding experience for me.

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Yes, I recommend this program

I did the remote internship in a multinational company. the company was based in Hong Kong, but I worked from Italy. It was undoubtedly an experience of great value. I dealt with employer branding within the HR team. I learned a lot about the subject but above all I learned how to work remotely, in another area of ​​the world, with different hours, and with a very different culture. All of this made this experience important for me and for my career. I highly recommend this experience to those who want to get involved and know how to appreciate the stimuli coming from the context that welcomes them.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Open your mind to all the stimuli you receive, be curious and do not stop to do only what is required of you because you can learn much more. Be curious and try to understand not only what is required of you, but also the values ​​of the company, the values ​​of culture. Reflect on what you learn and be aware of the value this experience can bring to you.


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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Why did you choose this program?

I decided to apply for an internship with Absolute Internship because I really wanted to undergo an internship abroad and, after doing a lot of research, Absolute Internship was highly recommended from various reliable sources.

I decided to undergo a Law internship, as I am currently staying Law at my 3-year Univeristy, and I really wanted to do an internship abroad.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

I personally had to organise the entire trip by my self. However, thankfully, the amazing people working at Absolute Internship helped me with everything. Especially when it came to VISA applications and the hotel and transportation, they literally did everything for me. For this, I am very grateful, as they really made the entire experience stress free.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

One piece of advice that I would give is to go alone and not go with friends that you already know. By going alone, you get to meet many people and make amazing friendships. As such, if you go with a friend that you already know, you are less likely to step out of your comfort zone and make new friends.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

When you undergo an internship abroad, there are no average days. Every day you do new and different things, by making every day exciting and amazing. You do, however, have a routine.

What my friend and I would do is wake up early, have breakfast together and then go to our internships; in the evening, after we finished working, we would all meet up. Every time we would do different things, in the afternoon, like go to the city or the beach, go shopping or go to a museum and so on. I honestly can’t wait to do it again!

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear before going to Hong Kong was traveling alone. I often fly from the UK to Italy or other European countries, but I never traveled alone to literally the other side of the world. I was very nervous and scared, but thanks to the people working at Absolute Internship, I was able to overcome my fears.

They helped me arrange transportation from the airport in Hong Kong to the hotel, and they also sent me a link to search for a cheaper flight. As such, I felt way more comfortable.

If you could do this trip again, what would you change?

If I could go back in time, one thing that I would do differently during my internship in Hong Kong is applied for a two months internship in Hong Kong instead of one month.

After spending one month in Hong Kong, I felt that I did all of the things on my wish list. However, I enjoyed the experience so much, that I would have loved to stay more, especially since all of the friends that I made a life in different parts of the world, and I don’t know when I’ll be able to see them again.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Anne-Fleur Vaartjes

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Business Development Associate
Having studied at an international school in Antwerp, lived in Hong Kong and currently living in Shanghai, Anne-Fleur has been exposed to many different environments and cultures and aims to continue to travel and explore to keep learning and growing.

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favorite travel memory is probably sitting around the table on a boat in Halong Bay, Vietnam, with people from all over the world, ranging from Israel to Romania and Venezuela, and just listening to their life and travel stories. One woman told me that she comes up with the best ideas while traveling, simply because when you travel you break your routines, you are taken out of your comfort zone, you see new things and become more open-minded, which in turn stimulates the creative brain. Just listening to them really inspired me and made this trip one of the best ones I went on – even though the beautiful scenery of course also played a role.

Which destination is most underrated? Conversely, which is most overrated?

Underrated: I would say that Singapore is definitely a destination that is often underrated. There is not a place that can even compare, with its modern skyscrapers, perfectly clean streets and one of the most sophisticated transportation systems in the world. Some might say its modern structure is associated with a lack of culture, but in my eyes the opposite is true, with Singapore hosting a more diverse mix of cultures than I have seen in a single country. Although it is a young nation, it is branching out, becoming more present in for example the art and music scene, with street artists singing on the bridge at Clarke Quay as you make your way to one of the numerous outstanding restaurants that serve unique blends of food from different parts of Asia. Singapore is lively and dynamic: there is always something to do and the opportunities are abundant, with the country often found at the top of the rankings regarding ease of doing business.

Overrated: To be honest, I have not lived in a place that I believe is really overrated, and it is difficult to say a destination is overrated after only having visited the place for a few days. Living in Hong Kong has been an unforgettable experience for me and it truly is the gateway to Asia as I see it, filled with opportunities. Currently living in Shanghai, this city is fascinating to me in a very different manner, yet equally resourceful.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

I believe a combination of communication, transparency and passion are the key to being a successful company. As people in the top section of the hierarchy, it is important to communicate important decisions to the lower parts, meanwhile, lower-level employees should be able to voice their opinion to the higher-level employees. This, together with transparency, creates an open work culture which has been proven – as I learned in business school – to positively affect the output of the business. Additionally, people should not start packing and get their keys out to be ready to leave when the clock strikes 5. If the employees really enjoy what they do and have a passion for their work, they will be willing to work more hours to achieve a certain goal or simply to deliver the best service and in this way allow the company to grow.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

In the short time that I have worked at Absolute Internship I have become more confident, a better communicator and learned what it is like to start and expand a company through the behind the scenes exposure to this successful and exciting start-up. From the start, my co-owners really involved me in every decision and made sure I knew that my opinion also matters. I am given a lot of responsibilities, which is challenging to handle when you are new to a job, but that is what I was looking for. I came here to learn and that is exactly what I am doing, every day. Moreover, my ultimate goal is to be an entrepreneur, and working at an international start-up like this, that just keeps growing yet continues to deliver outstanding services, has given me a taste of what it is like running my own company.

What unique qualities does your company possess?

The main thing that stood out to me from the beginning was how much each employee loves what they do, as well their ability to motivate their colleagues. Everyone knows the name and interests of each applicant and they all support each other and work incredible hard to find the best internship for every candidate, even if this means working many over-hours.

They high-five each other when someone confirms a new partnership with a company and the biggest reward to them is a happy student.

This is definitely one of the best work environments I have been surrounded by and it is what allows us to provide this unique service the way we do.

Describe a time when you felt especially proud to be part of your current team.

It may sound cliché, but to be honest I am always proud to say that I am working at Absolute Internship. Within five years this company has grown immensely, and it continues to do so, with an additional program in Madrid which was only recently created, and the co-owners looking to expand further. To be able to grow so quickly, yet keep improving the service that is delivered is very impressive to me. Yet, if I would have to mention one moment that made me particularly proud it would be when I received a message which mentioned that Absolute Internship is part of “The 10 Best Sites for Finding an Internship in 2016” according to Forbes. But then again, I have not been part of this team for long, and to me the thing that would make me the proudest would be when a student says that we made a difference in their career path or even life, and from what I have heard from my colleagues, this happens often. I could not ask for more.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

To be honest, I have heard a lot of stories that brought a smile to my face. One student was talking about how clear it is to her that we love our job and really care about the students. Another student is currently working in a reputable firm and told us how grateful he still is for the opportunities we provided him with. Lastly, it is always awesome to hear when a student is asked to stay at the company after completing the internship and the student accepts, as this means we have done our job well; the student was happy with the internship and we were able to have a positive impact on his or her career path.