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Absolute Internship

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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 4,000 students with 800+ corporate partners in world-class cities including Barcelona, Beijing, Bogota, Hong Kong, Madrid, Lisbon, London, Montreal, 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.

Founded
2009
Headquarters

Carrer Bailen 20
08010 Barcelona Barcelona
Spain

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Anna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Having never been to China, I was scared and excited it indulge myself into working life and to make new friends! I was not disappointed, everyone on the program shared the same enthusiasm and wanted to explore Shanghai and make lifelong connections in their career field. My employer was beyond my expectations, unlike a usual internship, I was treated like an employee and given the same tasks as all my colleagues which provided me with first-hand experience of what life would be like in the legal profession! This type of legal work experience is very rare to come across and I could not recommend it enough! I had so much free time after work and on the weekends to explore the city with my new friends! And the weekend trip to another part of China was even better! Absolute Internship provided the most amazing experience for me. I can not wait to join their London program this summer.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
My work colleagues took me out for Hot Pot as a leaving meal! And to my surprise it was all meats which I would not usually eat such as; Cows stomach, frogs and brain. I can't say I will ever eat them again! But it is an experience I will never forget. I am grateful to be shown a different culture's food and be able to try it in such an authentic setting.
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Evan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Honestly one of the best decisions I’ve made during my college career. I went into it not knowing what to expect, and left the program a different and better person. I was able to grow both professionally and personally through my internship as well as through meeting so many new people! Exposing oneself to a different culture is something I believe everyone should do as it really broadens horizons. This program offers so many locations so there is a plethora of experiences to choose from. I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything!!!

What would you improve about this program?
Nothing! I genuinely had a great time and wouldn’t change a thing.
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Makayla
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My time in Barcelona was really a dream come true. From the culture, food, language, and customs I learned so much. The architecture of various places such as Catalunya, Tibidabo, and La Sagrada Familia was stunning, to say the least. Not only that but the historical elements of this city were truly fascinating. I knew immediately that I could see myself living in Barcelona in the future. For my internship, I worked for a non-profit organization called APSOCECAT who serves the deaf-blind community. My job was to research how dance can improve the lives of deafblind people and strategies and methodologies for introducing it to them. Upon completion of this research, I felt so accomplished. I was able to come up with a strategy for introducing my passion of dance to a new community. It was a truly humbling experience.
Outside of the office, I spent my time soaking up the Barcelona sun, visiting different places and artifacts and of course trying their cuisine. In more ways than one, Barcelona reminded me of my home, New York. They had an active nightlife and you could find a plethora of food options- from sushi and ramen to burritos and burgers, I fell in love with the city more and more every day. The Absolute Program gave me a tribe of people from various countries and states. I have made some great friendships that have continued even after leaving Barcelona. This is an experience that I will remember forever!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
If I could do this all again, I would have stayed longer than one month! The time flew by so fast, I was sad when it ended!
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Emem
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Participating in this program was one of the best career decisions of my life. The program does a great job of ensuring career development and success. You are able to experience another culture and explore all the amenities it has to offer while pursuing your career endeavors with help and support throughout the way.

From networking experiences to panels, from cultural excursions to discussions, the program provides you with the opportunities to expand your career development. I would definitely recommend it to anyone seeking challenge and adventure.

Throughout my experience, I have gained career and personal growth. I have also developed life long connections. The program does a great job of providing participants with a well-rounded experience.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Have an open mind, be flexible and adaptable. The experience is what you make of it! The best way to enjoy cultural immersion is to embrace differences and take any unique experience as learning opportunities to grow.
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Julia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had an unforgettable experience interning in Barcelona and could not recommend it more. I gained not only valuable work experience, but I was able to completely immerse myself in a different culture. During the program, you are able to attend workshops that help you develop your resume and reflect on your work experience. These workshops were a great step in helping participants achieve and conceptualize their desired career path. Not only that, but small, optional trips were organized on the weekends. These trips were a wonderful way to further explore the culture of the place that I interned in. All the people that I met through the Absolute Internship program were incredibly driven and inspiring. This created a wonderful learning environment that I will not forget!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
I would suggest that all travelers should pursue this program with an open mind. Even if you do not love your internship, there is something to learn within this experience: you learn what you do NOT want to do in your future.

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Alumni Interviews

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

Guya Santomauro

Guya is an Italian university student currently studying Law at the University of Lincoln in the United Kingdom.

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

Job Title
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.