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Why choose Beyond Academy?

Going Beyond means becoming a better you, with every step you take. That’s the idea and mission that drives everything we do. Our passion? To empower people through the global community and life-changing experiences that we create. Whether you’re an aspiring marketer or financier, a engineer or designer – you can always go Beyond to learn better, travel further, and dream bigger. The journey to a career you love is unique to everyone. Our International Internship Programs are available in 14 global cities and 18 industries, our Programs offer the unique opportunity to combine work and travel into an extraordinary adventure. OUR LOCATIONS: London - Dublin - Berlin - Barcelona - Paris - Stockholm - Amsterdam - Tokyo - Seoul - Bangkok - Sydney - New York - Toronto - San Francisco

Reviews

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Sophie
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Friendships from the internship

What I enjoyed the most out of this experience was getting to meet such a diverse, welcoming group of people. The other interns always brought great energy to events and it felt nice to know that others were going through similar experiences and challenges because then we could solve them together. The Seoul community team also does a great job of being a mentor but also a friend, like the interns. It really makes for a comforting environment that cannot be replicated. There are talks of us meeting one another in the future and I’m definitely looking forward to that! I think this internship helps with making global and long lasting friendships.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would have selected to stay here for longer than my original internship timeline.
Pros
  • Friendly and supportive host company
  • The people!!
  • The city: shopping, eating, sightseeing
Cons
  • Unlucky typhoon/monsoon season
  • Public transport at rush hour
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Cole
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Tokyo internship

This is great for someone who wants business experience in Tokyo but doesn’t know how or where to start. They pair you with a good company. I learned a lot about working in Japan. There are a lot of great events. My favorite was the mount Fuji day trip. Communication was also excellent! Made many friends and memories. My internship was the right amount of working to learning ratio. I knew almost zero Japanese before coming and I felt very although it would have been helpful at times you only need to know the basics. I would recommend visiting Japan before taking this opportunity however as there is a learning curve.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Take advantage of all the events you won’t regret it.
Pros
  • Great communication
  • The people are very kind and helpful
Cons
  • Needs to apply months before internship takes place
  • Helps to know Japanese
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Kyle
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Once in a Lifetime Experience!

One day I was just scrolling around Instagram and then suddenly I came across an ad from Beyond Academy. It sparked my interest because I wanted to get an internship to boost up my resume & also explore Japan as well. So I went through the process & eventually I landed an internship in Tokyo. When I first landed in Haneda Airport for the first time, it felt so surreal to me because going to Japan has been my dream for a while & now it finally came true. My internship experience was really amazing, the office I worked at was great & I made friends with my fellow co-workers. My boss was also super goated as well, he would usually provide snacks for us & even treated dinner for us one day. I also made some good friends with the other interns through the many events in this program & made a ton of memories in Tokyo that I'll cherish forever. If you're reading this review right now, I definitely recommend signing up for this program if you're interested in doing an internship in Japan. Sure, the trip will cost a lot of money depending on how long you stay but both the internship & exploring what Japan has to offer will definitely be worth the money & the experience at the same time.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
I definitely recommend future interns to buy a sim or esim card if possible before landing in Japan. Sure, I was able to get by Tokyo & somehow not get lost once with just free wifi but it's way more convenient if you have a sim card. Also, please try to get a Suica or Pasmo card asap when you arrive at the airport, these are cards that will help you get through gates at train stations and they're basically a necessity to have in Tokyo, because you will definitely use the train everyday whether that would be for work or traveling. I had to buy train tickets for my first week & it got kinda annoying quick. It didn't take until over a week for me to finally get a Suica card (at one of the exits in Shinjuku or Tokyo Station I think?). There are also mobile apps that you can download on your phone and you can scan your phone at the gates to get by, though this only works for iPhone users.
Pros
  • Commuting is pretty convenient around here, doesn't take that long wherever you want to go.
  • There are conveince stores & also vending machines everywhere if you're feeling either hungry or thirsty.
  • There is just so so so much stuff to do in Tokyo & there's always something for everyone with Shibuya & Akihabara being the top cities I visited the most.
Cons
  • For some reason, trash cans are oddly rare in Japan but this is because the country is pretty clean. Still, sometimes I have to store my trash in my backpack or tote bag until I finally find a trash can somewhere or when I get back home.
  • This is just a nitpick, but I don't like how train stations are windy, I lost one of my straw hats because of that. Oh, & trains can definitely be crowded at times, especially during rush hour.
  • The trip just went by super fast, wish I could stay here forever ;((((
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Scarlett
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Beyond Academy in Amsterdam

I had a great experience with Beyond Academy in Amsterdam! I enjoyed the internship they helped me find, and I liked the people I met. My group leader (Brooklyn) was also very helpful. She was great at responding, gave some great suggestions for around Amsterdam, and was super fun to be around! I met some great people who had a lot of the same interests as me. Exploring Amsterdam was also amazing, this city was great to be a solo traveler, and I saw some amazing museums and other tourist attractions. Overall I had an extremely positive experience.

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Emilia
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Fashion Internship in Seoul

Going abroad for an internship sounds as exciting as it is terrifying, but BeyondAcademy and its team helped to completely dissipate any fears I had. Staying in a city as big and as culturally significant as Seoul, I was terrified at first of everything, be that getting around, communicating with others, respecting social norms I may not be aware of, or any other fears someone new to a country might face. Thankfully, BeyondAcademy’s Seoul community was so warm, inviting, and helpful, I never hesitated to ask for help or clarification. Welcoming me with gifts to help me settle in, occasionally checking up in between the busy days of work, and of course the thoughtfully organized weekly activities were just some of the factors that made me feel not so alone. Getting to experience a fashion internship in Seoul, which was nothing but exhilarating, would not have been the wonderful experience that it was, without the kind community and its coordinators around me.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would not be so scared to go and explore on my own at first! I was definitely pushed outside my comfort zone being so far away from my home, but I feel I didn’t push myself far enough and thus wasn’t able to experience all that my city offered. So next time I would definitely make it a goal of mine to prepare better, be braver, and make time to see and experience more.
Pros
  • Experiencing a completely new culture
  • Learning important skills for my career
  • Building a new community in a foreign country
Cons
  • Homesickness
  • Tiring and long days

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Izzie Kott

Job Title
Community Coordinator
Izzie is a member of Beyond Academy’s London Community Team. As a Community Coordinator she helps plan and host a range events for interns all over the city, as well as providing general support and advice during interns’ stay in the London.
Izzie Kott

Interview

What is your favorite travel memory?

I’ve been fortunate enough to travel a lot, so I have many beautiful memories - it’s hard to choose just one! A recent memory was seeing Lucha Libre wrestling in Mexico City! It was so amazing and the buzzing atmosphere sucks you into the theatrics of it all right away. Even though I couldn’t understand a word, I lost my voice joining in with the chants and cheers!

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

The nature of my role with Beyond Academy means I’m constantly meeting new people from all over the world, from an incredibly diverse range of backgrounds. That interaction constantly introduces me to new perspectives and ideas and challenges, all of which help me grow, professionally and personally.

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

Not a single best story but I always love hearing about the adventures our interns go on together outside of the program. Sometimes that’s a weekend away in another city, a story about why a big night out before means some interns haven’t made it to an early morning event the next day! It’s really great to be a part of bringing people together and see friendships form.

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

I’ve always wanted to visit New York and so I’d definitely choose our program there! It would be great to have the tips and tricks from the New York community team. It’s always enhancing your traveling experience when you’ve got some local knowledge to guide you. I think that’s especially true of big cities like NYC.

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

Like our interns, our team - company wide - is from such a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures. Everyone has a walked a really different path that led them to be with Beyond Academy. I feel proud that we as a team embrace those differences and have a culture of openness where everyone can contribute and bring their unique perspective and ideas to the work we do.

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

Developing a well-functioning team is essential to being a successful company. It is important to choose the right people to join the team and learn to maintain a good working relationships and make everyone feel involved and needed. You cannot guarantee agreements all the time, we’re all human, but it’s important to maintain an atmosphere where honesty is respected, open communication is encouraged, and mistakes are learnt from. This makes it easier to repair relationships and strengthen the team overall.