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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.

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Natalia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Highly Recommend!!

This was one of the happiest months of my life. I went into the program without knowing anyone and was pleasantly surprised by how friendly everyone there was. While interning in Barcelona I met my best friends, gained international experience, had the adventures of a lifetime, and received a full-time job offer after returning back to the states. My experience abroad made me a unique job applicant and therefore a more competitive candidate. Absolute Internship was the experience of a lifetime and I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to have a main character moment.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I met my best friends there and we went to Berlin together during one of the weekends of the program.
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cliff
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My time in Barcelona was a truly life-changing experience.

My time in Barcelona was a truly life-changing experience and a dream-come-true-event. In these unique and uncertain times, I consider myself fortunate and privileged to have had the opportunity to intern abroad, and the Absolute Internship Barcelona Programme was the ideal match (an excellent decision!). I’ve had the opportunity to obtain work experience and grow as a result of it. I’ve never been confident in my social skills, and this experience has unlocked the inner and doubtful side of myself, allowing me to step beyond my comfort zone. It was unquestionably a fantastic blend of fun moments (outside of the working hours) and professional experience. During my four weeks as an intern in Barcelona, I met some wonderful people and established lifelong friends. I have enjoyed every single moment of my work experience; and being able to experience a working environment has led me to unlock the potential within myself and explore the skillset that I have attained during my academic experience, as well as to develop new life skills that will undoubtedly benefit myself in the future. Barcelona is a fantastic and dynamic city with fascinating architecture, delicious food, friendly people, and stunning sightseeing. During my time in Barcelona, I was able to explore the city and got comfortable living there for a month because it felt like home! I got to know and explore Madrid, Girona, and many other places in Spain, and within Barcelona such as Camp Nou, Catalunya, La Sagrada Familia, Las Ramblas, and many more. Outside the office, I’ve spent time with wonderful people who have made this experience even more memorable. I will be eternally thankful to Absolute Internship for providing me with this fantastic opportunity. And a particular thanks to the Absolute team members, coordinators, and entire organisation for always making me feel welcome, at home, and never alone. Finally, I’d want to express my gratitude to Absolute Internship for the excellent work and well-organised experience, and state unequivocally that it was all worthwhile!!! Without the assistance of Absolute Internship, none of this amazing and unforgettable experience in Barcelona would have been possible. I am grateful for this opportunity, and I will definitely apply again in the future.

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Kai
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great program to explore a new city and gain professional experience

Overall, this program was a great choice to learn about the work life in Barcelona. I worked for a full service real estate agency with a few different nationalities represented as well as another Absolute Intern. The weekend activities offered were really fun. This included a trip to Madrid, Tarragona, and a few more. The program coordinators were always available and great to talk to.
Barcelona is a great city to work in. The work-life balance was incredible and coworkers were very fun. The interns of my company went out to dinner or would go to the beach almost every night after work ended, so we formed a great bond.
We had a lot of great people inside the absolute internship program as well. Right from the beginning, everyone

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Take the time to make sure you get an internship that you will enjoy. The people you work with are the most important part of the job and if you do not enjoy who you work with, you will not enjoy your trip as much as you could.
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Carla
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A life-changing experience!

My time in Barcelona was a truly life-changing experience and a dream-come-true-event. In these unique and uncertain times, I consider myself fortunate and privileged to have had the opportunity to intern abroad, and the Absolute Internship Barcelona Programme was the ideal match (an excellent decision!). I’ve had the opportunity to obtain work experience and grow as a result of it. I’ve never been confident in my social skills, and this experience has unlocked the inner and doubtful side of myself, allowing me to step beyond my comfort zone. It was unquestionably a fantastic blend of fun moments (outside of the working hours) and professional experience. During my four weeks as an intern in Barcelona, I met some wonderful people and established lifelong friends. I have enjoyed every single moment of my work experience; and being able to experience a working environment has led me to unlock the potential within myself and explore the skillset that I have attained during my academic experience, as well as to develop new life skills that will undoubtedly benefit myself in the future. Barcelona is a fantastic and dynamic city with fascinating architecture, delicious food, friendly people, and stunning sightseeing. During my time in Barcelona, I was able to explore the city and got comfortable living there for a month because it felt like home! I got to know and explore Madrid, Girona, and many other places in Spain, and within Barcelona such as Camp Nou, Catalunya, La Sagrada Familia, Las Ramblas, and many more. Outside the office, I’ve spent time with wonderful people who have made this experience even more memorable. I will be eternally thankful to Absolute Internship for providing me with this fantastic opportunity. And a particular thanks to the Absolute team members, coordinators, and entire organisation for always making me feel welcome, at home, and never alone. Finally, I’d want to express my gratitude to Absolute Internship for the excellent work and well-organised experience, and state unequivocally that it was all worthwhile!!! Without the assistance of Absolute Internship, none of this amazing and unforgettable experience in Barcelona would have been possible. I am grateful for this opportunity, and I will definitely apply again in the future.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
If I had the chance to do this all over again, I would have certainly stayed longer than a month!
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Sarah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Living my Cheetah Girls 2 Dream!

With the uncertainty of COVID, I could have never imagined traveling around the world to Barcelona, Spain. But, despite the constant changes in rules and regulations, I was able to travel to one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I will be eternally grateful for being able to partake in the incredible experience of interning in Barcelona while also being safe during the 8 wonderful weeks I was there. It was the perfect combination of professional experience in an engineering company and adventures through Spain with amazing people I met through Absolute. The company I was placed in was so kind and helpful; they made sure I had all the tools I needed to succeed and provided an opportunity for me to go beyond a classroom setting-utilizing everything I had learned for the past 4 years in college. While I was only an intern, I was trusted to work on two big projects-hands on experience with a robot-and actually be a part of the team! Working abroad also allowed me an experience not many people have in their professional careers; I truly believe this is extremely beneficial in exposing yourself to different ways the world works and allows you to learn how to adapt to your surroundings. Along with this boost in experience and another thing to add to my resume, I met many amazing individuals: those also interning abroad, members of the Absolute team, and local residents of Spain. I was able to see astonishing sights like Park Güell and Montjuïc Castle; traveling outside of Barcelona on weekend trips to other parts of Spain (organized by Absolute); experience daily beach trips, delicious food, and cross off my top bucket list item-swim with sharks. None of this would have been possible without the support of Absolute Internship; their guidance allowed me to live my dream and I am so happy I decided to embark on this journey!

Programs

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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.
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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.

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