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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.

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Reviews

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Claire
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

For the past twelve weeks, I have had the incredible opportunity to work in my chosen field in a company half a world away. How is this possible, you ask? Through the Absolute Internship Remote Internship Program. Look it up, seriously. When I was initially accepted into Absolute Internship’s study abroad program, I thought it was too good to be true. Gaining invaluable work experience from a world-renown company while exploring a foreign country? Yes, please! Of course, reality took over, and Covid-19 rocked the world. I was devasted and angry for being deprived of the experience. Lucky for myself and hundreds of other students, Absolute Internship extended a helping hand and introduced their Remote Internship program. My new thought, “I can gain invaluable work experience from a world-renown company while learning in my pajamas? Yes, please!” I applied again, interviewed (again), and soon received an email glowing with the word “Congratulations!”. Once more, I applied and was chosen as an Absolute Internship Remote Scholarship Awardee.
Overjoyed at the thought of what was to come, I was quickly placed with and introduced to the law firm that would guide my learning for the next three months. My supervisor at MingDun law firm in Beijing immediately sought to get to know me as a person and as an intern. His warm welcome allowed me to feel as though I was truly part of a community an ocean away. I was soon supplied with several tasks to research and provide notes on for the firm’s use. Because this particular firm specialized in intellectual property law, each issue I researched brought me closer to understanding the nature of and interactions between intellectual property laws worldwide. From reading Trademark Infringement laws in the U.S. to interpreting the legality of the infamous TikTok ban, to conveying my findings, I began to understand the value an internship of this caliber could have in the eventual success of my career. Each time I submitted my research, my supervisor continued the learning process by meeting with me over Zoom and discussing any potential questions or clarifications I might have. This step was instrumental to my learning because it allowed me to speak with an expert in the field (not just over email) on a topic I was interested in pursuing as a career. It also granted me the opportunity to digest the mass amounts of information I was gathering and articulate it concisely. However, I would not have been able to do this effectively if it were not for Absolute Internship’s Absolute Academy.
Each member of the Absolute Internship program is given access to this informative platform to supplement their experience. From workshops on emotional intelligence at the workplace to the art of communication to understanding diversity, the Academy has a course on how to excel in any internship. Score! But the learning doesn’t stop there. To make sure you are receiving every bit of internship wisdom possible, the program also offers many workshops designed to enhance soft skills necessary to career success. My favorite workshop was The Art of Communication, in which I utterly embarrassed myself by showcasing my unfortunate lack of communication skills. I applied the lessons I learned from this and similar workshops to my work at MingDun Law Firm. Throughout the previous twelve weeks, I am happy to report that I have grown not only as a researcher and writer but also as a team member, communicator, and critical thinker. I find it hard to believe that I could be just as successful in my career if I had not taken part in the Absolute Internship program. With the guidance of the wonderful Absolute Internship team and of MingDun Law Firm, I can continue down my career path with confidence and professionalism.

What was your funniest moment?
When I was doing a communication exercise with one of the Absolute Internship team members, she asked me to draw what she was describing. I attempted to draw it with only her description as guidance. My drawing ended up completely different from hers and I was sufficiently embarrassed by my lack of listening skills. After a minute or so, though, we were able to laugh about my rediculous drawing.
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Claire
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

For the past twelve weeks, I have had the incredible opportunity to work in my chosen field in a company half a world away. How is this possible, you ask? Through the Absolute Internship Remote Internship Program. Look it up, seriously. When I was initially accepted into Absolute Internship’s study abroad program, I thought it was too good to be true. Gaining invaluable work experience from a world-renown company while exploring a foreign country? Yes, please! Of course, reality took over, and Covid-19 rocked the world. I was devasted and angry for being deprived of the experience. Lucky for myself and hundreds of other students, Absolute Internship extended a helping hand and introduced their Remote Internship program. My new thought, “I can gain invaluable work experience from a world-renown company while learning in my pajamas? Yes, please!” I applied again, interviewed (again), and soon received an email glowing with the word “Congratulations!”. Once more, I applied and was chosen as an Absolute Internship Remote Scholarship Awardee.
Overjoyed at the thought of what was to come, I was quickly placed with and introduced to the law firm that would guide my learning for the next three months. My supervisor at MingDun law firm in Beijing immediately sought to get to know me as a person and as an intern. His warm welcome allowed me to feel as though I was truly part of a community an ocean away. I was soon supplied with several tasks to research and provide notes on for the firm’s use. Because this particular firm specialized in intellectual property law, each issue I researched brought me closer to understanding the nature of and interactions between intellectual property laws worldwide. From reading Trademark Infringement laws in the U.S. to interpreting the legality of the infamous TikTok ban, to conveying my findings, I began to understand the value an internship of this caliber could have in the eventual success of my career. Each time I submitted my research, my supervisor continued the learning process by meeting with me over Zoom and discussing any potential questions or clarifications I might have. This step was instrumental to my learning because it allowed me to speak with an expert in the field (not just over email) on a topic I was interested in pursuing as a career. It also granted me the opportunity to digest the mass amounts of information I was gathering and articulate it concisely. However, I would not have been able to do this effectively if it were not for Absolute Internship’s Absolute Academy.
Each member of the Absolute Internship program is given access to this informative platform to supplement their experience. From workshops on emotional intelligence at the workplace to the art of communication to understanding diversity, the Academy has a course on how to excel in any internship. Score! But the learning doesn’t stop there. To make sure you are receiving every bit of internship wisdom possible, the program also offers many workshops designed to enhance soft skills necessary to career success. My favorite workshop was The Art of Communication, in which I utterly embarrassed myself by showcasing my unfortunate lack of communication skills. I applied the lessons I learned from this and similar workshops to my work at MingDun Law Firm. Throughout the previous twelve weeks, I am happy to report that I have grown not only as a researcher and writer but also as a team member, communicator, and critical thinker. I find it hard to believe that I could be just as successful in my career if I had not taken part in the Absolute Internship program. With the guidance of the wonderful Absolute Internship team and of MingDun Law Firm, I can continue down my career path with confidence and professionalism.

What was your funniest moment?
When I was doing a communication exercise with one of the Absolute Internship team members, she asked me to draw what she was describing. I attempted to draw it with only her description as guidance. My drawing ended up completely different from hers and I was sufficiently embarrassed by my lack of listening skills. After a minute or so, though, we were able to laugh about my rediculous drawing.
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Maria
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My experience interning with Absolute was amazing. I participated during these past two months in the Remote Internship Program, where I work remotely with an organization of the sector that I chose located in Paris. The staff of Absolute were great, always assisting me and making the experience feel personal and easy going.
The program gave me the opportunity to continue my studies at the same time that I was working internationally with an organization. I also had the chance to explore my career interest and goals that I want to set for the future.
I had such an amazing time working and having the guidances of Absolute, that I am applying for another internship for next semester.
The experience and knowledge that I gained during these past weeks is the start of my career life and I am forever grateful that Absolute Internship was the one that gave it to me.

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Makissi
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I would definitly recommend absolute internship to every student desiring to have an internship abroad. I truly enjoyed my two experiences with them the first being a finance Intership in London and the second one being a finance remote internship. The Absolute Internship was constently available and checking on me to make sure that my internship was doing great.
When you go abroad everything is design so that you don't have to stress about accomodation or transportation. They also organize cultural activities, presentations and visits.
Moreover, during the remote internship we had a platform with information about how to succeed our internship; and we had online share meetings to connect with the other interns. They match you with great companies that help grow towards your career goals.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
worked on a partnership deal(remote)
Visiting Scotland (London Internship)
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Isabel
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My experience interning remotely abroad was overall quite enjoyable. I was initially shocked that my internship would be conducted in Spanish, requiring me to consistently communicate with my supervisors in the language in addition to translating, and writing up reports and presentations in Spanish, so I was grateful to have the chance to practice my Spanish in more professional settings. It was challenging to get used to the time difference and the different culture surrounding work as well, and at times there were issues with communication, and I found it difficult to complete absolute materials due to the remote format, however, overall the positive outweighs the negative.

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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

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.