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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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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!

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Aleks
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Totally worth it!

It has always been my dream to work at a Japanese company, but because of COVID-19 I thought that this would be impossible to do.

Thanks to Absolute Internship I was able to do a Remote Internship instead, which turned out to be an amazing experience. I got into a unique and interesting software company where I was able to apply my legal (technology) knowledge. The projects I worked on were very interesting and challenging. My coordinator at the company made sure that there was a great balance between what the company needed from me and what I wanted to get out of the internship.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
My colleagues organized a virtual 飲み会 (nomikai), which is basically a virtual drinking party :)
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Laura
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Absolute Internship Review (Publishing Program)

I had a good remote experience. I enjoyed the remote workshops/events hosted by Absolute Internship and I thought their online platform was easy to navigate. I liked the videos, the live like asynchronous workshops and events and the tips and tricks regarding resumes, internships, career, culture shock. It was also easy to get hold of Absolute when I had any questions or concerns or when I wanted to clarify something. Overall, I thought my internship experience was very instructive and enlightening. Similarly with my internship provider Edwige, I was in constant communication with my internship supervisor and I had a lot of flexibility in terms of when I did my work. I had the pleasure of proofreading and editing a novel that will serve as an intro to a fantasy series. I also got to transcribe story ideas, brainstorm with my supervisor and help organize chapters of other works.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Given that this internship was remote for me, the most nerve-racking moment was when I was at an event and the host asked a question and asked me to share my answer with the group. The group was very small so it felt very intimate and intimidating in the moment but that experience allowed me to feel more connected to other students also doing an internship who were in a similar situation to me. I dismissed my anxiety and answered and the host was so kind and helpful in response. That specific event led me to really reflect about what I wanted career and life wise in the next 5 years and what I would have to do to get there.
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Mariel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Summer Internship 2021 Happiest of my life

From the beginning the attention they gave me, the support, the value of the interviews left me impressed and I appreciate the opportunity to connect with a great company where all the activities, meetings and final results were very important and I have a lot of fun. In the end, I am left with many learnings from digital tools, company contacts, process planning and many co-workers, which is very valuable for my personal and professional life. I firmly believe that this is one of the best experience of my life

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I was surprised by all the planning formats they have to be able to measure and execute the results and objectives.
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Evalyn
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had an amazing experience with Absolute Internships.

I was a little disappointed when the time came to start my internship because I had switched to the remote program because of the COVID-19 pandemic and I had lowered expectations of what I would gain from this experience. However, this internship was by far the most enriching time of my life. My host company and Absolute made it feel like I was learning and working right beside them from halfway across the world. I got the chance to take on so many new responsibilities and I gained immense amounts of confidence in myself, my work and my professionalism skills. Absolute also did a great job making me feel supported throughout my internship by staying in touch with me to make sure my placement was going well. Thanks to this internship I feel much more confident and prepared for enter into the workforce of the professional world.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
My supervisor gave me the task of interviewing a client for a Q&A and pitching a story to a magazine. I didn't have any real experience with this kind of work but my supervisor gave me the proper guidance before she stepped away and trusted me with this important work. Which in turn made me trust in my own abilities in a way that I had never been able to before.

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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.