When I decided to do an internship this year and started my research on Google, I was totally overwhelmed with the amount of offers and sites available, and all the different requirements and prerequisites. It was all too much for me.
Hence, I thought about looking to an agency to lighten my workload.
Certainly, I was as doubtful and sceptical as you probably are right now.
But I’d like to clear up some of these doubts and demonstrate why going through an agency is actually quite a positive experience.
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Professional agencies will check all companies before choosing them as referees.
InternChina, for example, ensures that each company has a fluent English speaker to be available to you right from the start of your internship, as your mentor and to help you with the culture shock. This way you’ll get the most out of your internship, as there will be no language barrier.
A good agency also provides an extensive pool of companies to choose from!
This means a quick placement without any annoying research before. The agency will choose a company based on your profile and preferences, to makes sure that your internship will suit both you and the company.
Have a look at their conditions, as agencies should help you with hurdles like Visa, flight or accommodation. Especially if it’s your first time abroad, this can help take a lot of work off your hands.
You should always ask or check the following things:
– Do they have personal contacts to the companies?
– Does the agency offer customised packages if you would like to change something?
– Do they assist you in preparing the documents for application?
– When do you have to pay the fee? Before or after getting your internship position?
– And finally, and quite importantly: Where is the headquarter placed? Only if it’s in the country (or better, city) of your destination, can they provide you with help whenever you need it.
Compare some agencies and their offers, it should be free for you until you get your desired position. References could help you find out which agency fits you best. And if they offer language classes or other activities besides your internship you can be sure they (mostly) really care about you.
The preferred agency should appeal to you immediately; blogs could help you to get a first insight!
The most important thing about acquiring an internship through an agency, is not to only look at the expenses side, but to think about your time abroad, your experiences, and the security an agency will provide you!
When I thought about going to China to do an internship the first time I thought I could handle it all by myself. How difficult can it be to find an internship and to book an apartment. It wasn’t such a big problem to find some internship opportunities in the cities I wanted to go to: Beijing, Shanghai.
But after I’ve found some places I could send my application to, I could face a lot of problems: what happens if nobody understands me, am I able to organize some language classes by myself, will there be anybody I can talk to in English, how is that whole Visa procedure working, how can I find a host family and what if I’ll have problems with them?
At that point my Chinese teacher told me about that internship agency called InternChina. First I was a little bit skeptical. I didn’t even heard about a city called Zhuhai before. But instead of spending hours, days and weeks for research where to work, where to live and where to learn Chinese without knowing anybody, it took me a few minutes to send an application to InternChina and a few weeks later I was already there.
Since I’m here I realized that the biggest problem is not the whole organization to get an internship and to find a place to live.
What are you doing when you come to a new city where you don’t know anybody? Thank god, that was no problem for me- I got a list with over twenty contacts from other interns, I was invited for dinner to get to know everybody. So I felt never alone since I am here.
What are you doing when you come to a Chinese company or family, without knowing the culture and the language and when everything is so different? Then you have a lot of people from InternChina taking care of you and helping you to understand the Chinese culture. You easily can get language classes and a city like Zhuhai you are able to practice your Chinese skills everyday.
Will they treat me good there? Of course, because every single Host company as well as every single Host company has a good contact to InternChina. So if there is any problem there is always somebody there to help out.
What to do if the Air conditioner in your apartment is broken? Sleep in a sauna for the rest of your internship? Trying to call somebody to get it fixed (first find out who that somebody is) and determine that you don’t understand anything? Well, this is not that bad- just ask friendly for help from the InternChina team.
What to do if nobody understands me? Ok, you have to live with that. Just don’t spend such a long time for organizing alone and learn Chinese instead.