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About

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.

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Founded
2009
Headquarters

Carrer Bailen 20
08010 Barcelona Barcelona
Spain

Reviews

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Andy
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

After spending my summer in Stockholm I can without doubt say that it changed my life and my outlook for life for the absolute better. I had never been abroad before coming to Sweden, but to experience this amazing culture with a group of awesome people from all around the world was an experience I'll never forget. The people in Sweden are so friendly and everything was so clean and organized.

The housing had everything that I needed to cook and we had all the facilities that you need such as washing machine. My manager at my internship and the company itself was great too. I really felt part of the team and company and they made me feel very welcome as a foreign intern. I can only say great things about my experience with Absolute Internship and the program and I really recommend it to everyone that want to take the opportunity to intern abroad and make friends. You'll have amazing memories and experiences for life.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Just go for it! You won't regret it! Interning in Sweden was an amazing memory I'll always treasure.
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Kristen
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My internship and summer in Stockholm through Absolute was really great! I was matched with a startup and was working in a company of six people. I really enjoyed my time and everything that I learned from my colleagues- and my mentor at my internship. Swedish people are really kind and the company made me feel part of their team, which was great. I learned a lot of great news skills that I'm sure will be of use at my next internship or once I graduate and start my first real full time job.

As with everyone I'm sure that took part of this program, I was nervous before coming to Sweden but Maria the program staff from Absolute was wonderful. She made me feel so much at ease, welcomed and was there whenever I needed. Also the other students that were part of the program were incredible too. I made a lot of great friends. I really recommend Absolute if you are looking for an organized, fun summer that helps you build your CV.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
The sun never went down! It was incredible to try to go to bed with sunlight still out at 11 pm. Awesome experience and really unique.
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Alejandro
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Before Absolute Internship, I haven't had any similar open-minding experience. Absolute Internship gave me the opportunity of working abroad, which is a relevant CV-factor for a undergraduate student. It gave me the chance to get to know tremendeous people from all around the world. From United States to China. From Jamaica to India. And that is the magic of the program. You enter a business-interested networking with who you're spending 1 month of your life. At the end, this network ends up being your family.

Its is a worth it, good price, facility program. All of the factors you as an individual intern should take into consideration if going by yourself, such as housing, metrocard, city tours, and obviously, the internship, are already planned by absolute. Everything was as espected.

The coordinators are FANTASTIC. Nowadays I have a great relationship with one of my program coordinators. Again, NETWORKING.

End but not least, the internship I was hired in was awesome. I had the opportunity to interact with constumers, to investigate for different short-run objectives. I really felt part of the start-up company.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Dont be afraid of doing anythig. And please, please, enjoy every day of your intership as it would be the last one, because times flies when you're enjoying life.
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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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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.