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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.

Reviews

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Sara
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Madrid intern

I have been working for 8 weeks as intern at OUTER Spain in Madrid, Spain. Under the guidance of my awesome boss Pilar, I had the opportunity to learn more about Communication and Marketing. We have been woking together for the World Corporate Golf Challenge, which is one the most established global B2B golf tournament in the world, open to top level executives who are passionated about golf. I have been given my contribution as for editing texts, preparing and sending interviews for the 2022 Final Magazine. I successfully achieved my internship’s goals in terms of planning and implementing the company’s social media strategy in order to increase awareness in light of the 2022 World Final. During those weeks I have been constantly working alongside copywriters and designers to ensure content was informative and appealing. Additionally, I have been learning how to analyse current social media trends and provide constructive feedbacks both qualitatively and quantitatively.

A huge thank you goes to OUTER Spain, my boss Pilar de la Puente and the rest of the Communication&Marketing department for the internship opportunity and for teaching me about communication and marketing practises over the summer. Lastly, an immense thank you goes to Absolute Internship, specifically to Sabrina Starke, Melissa Rodriguez, Virginia Alomar Lopez and Erin Bouwma for finding me a placement and for making my international experience possible and so memorable.

Pros
  • Work experience
  • Abroad experience
  • New people from around the world
Cons
  • Costly
  • 8 weeks could be too little
  • Work culture
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Ellen
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Valuable experience and memories for life!

I completed my internship with Absolute in August this year in Lisbon. This was an amazing month- some of my highlights included the weekend trip, organised events and making new friends for life. Morgan our co-ordinator was super helpful and made sure to run plans by us first.
Some points that need improved for the future is more through and frequent communication through the placement process and clearer communication about accommodation conditions/expectations.
Through my marketing internship and time in Lisbon I have gained skills and memories for life and would definitely recommend the experience.

Pros
  • Organised events & weekend trip
  • City orientation
  • Super easy to make friends
Cons
  • More frequent pre-departure communication
  • Delayed placement process
  • Communication about accomodation
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Micheal
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Summer in Lisbon

Had a lovely experience interning abroad in Lisbon. I got placed with a great company that met most of my requirements and expectations. It was a very enjoyable 2 months both in and out of the workplace where I got to meet other great students from across the world, create networks and explore the beautiful city of Lisbon. Absolute Internship (AI) also provided me with a lot of assistance through their staff who were constantly available. If you haven't had the experience of working abroad, I highly recommend AI.

Pros
  • Community
  • Tourism
  • Work
Cons
  • Weather
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Jemma
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Summer in Lisbon

Having experience on your CV is something that nearly every employer is looking forward when a graduate comes out of uni, but having a year off in between the years at uni for me wasn’t as easy or accessible to do. I decided I needed to get some experience this summer and I knew I wanted to do something aboard! Funnily enough I discovered the Absolute internship program via TiKTok and then proceeded to do the research and apply. I got an interview very quickly that suited me perfectly. Once accepted I told the team what I was looking for in an internship and that’s exactly what I got. I got all the help and information I needed to prepare for interviews with potential host internships. I choose to go to Lisbon this summer for a month and I’m very glad I did. This was probably one of the best summers I have ever had. Not only was my internship interesting and given me ideas in the future about what I would and wouldn’t like to do, but the friends and memories I made out there will last a life time. This is a perfect way to do an internship if you love to travel and make new friends.

Pros
  • Gained experience in the sector of employment I am interested in.
  • Made new friends from all over the place.
  • Explored a new country
Cons
  • Cost of living, your internship is not paid, do I felt like i was spending a lot of money
  • The accommodation was quite poor in reality for a new building
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Reina
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

One hell of an experience

I was at first hesitant about joining a summer internship program with people i’ve never met before. I thought that the first couple of days would be awkward and would be lonely. But from the second I met my program colleagues at the airport is when I felt relaxed, at that moment I knew this was going to be an unforgettable experience.

Overall, I am very satisfied with everything that this program offered: the residence housing, the internship opportunity, the friends we met along the way, the front desk people at the residence, our program coordinators, and the “prison” food that we always miss when we’re away in the weekends.

I have achieved so much in a span of two months, even though the company I was working for was a startup under construction, I was working under full autonomy and on my own pace. I managed to create flyers from scratch that have now been printed and shared around the most important hotels in the city center! I also enjoyed learning the different cultures in the program and Spanish culture as a whole!

Highly recommended!

Pros
  • Making good friends
  • Travelling
  • Work experience
Cons
  • You will not want to leave!

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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.

Thuy Tran

Job Title
Operations Coordinator
Thuy works as Operations Coordinator at Absolute Internship.

Having the fortune to go aboard, to experience the academic and professional life in different cultures has broadened her mind in a way she could never have thought of. And so, she is now planing, organizing, and delivering international education and training opportunities to inspire and provide the same or even better experience for young minds who urge for exploration and growth.
Thuy

What is your favorite travel memory?

During my 4 months working as Program Coordinator at Singapore, I had an amazing time exploring the city and go into deeper layers of the cultures and local's life here. It's a tiny country but full of surprises and a diverse mix of cultures. It has taught me a lot about how such a small nation could grow so fast and tremendously in the past 50 years.

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

The opportunity to go out there, exploring different lands and interacting with different people simple opens my mind and eyes. I also realized a very important aspect and value of my job, what I am doing when seeing the significant changes the experience has brought to the student. It's very rewarding.

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

I think it'd definitely be the transformation incurred within themselves after the programs. Some never traveled abroad, some never interact in a different language from their own and with the program, they were able to step out of their comfort zone, build a beautiful connections with fellow interns and local, and growth personally and professionally.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

Singapore since I lived the program and see so much growth within my elf but also in the students who came to this city. It's a well organized program that allows students to see and experience a different culture thoroughly. In a short period of time, with a combination of professional experience (internship), excursion and local cultural activities, students are able ot get a full immersion into the Singaporean life

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Absolute Intern ship is team of international people, with different backgrounds and cultures, and yet we come together with the sole purpose to create opportunities and bring changes.I'm very proud of the team as every single action we are doing now, we're doing it with care and love and an urge to bring changes.

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

I think it's the team who believe in what they do, the value and mission of the company. Everyone at Absolute Internship is very passionate about traveling and personal development and that helps us come together as the A team to build and run the programs and help students realize how much changes they could have for their life and others.