It’s an important and big decision to pursue an academic internship, abroad, but it’s also a life-changing one. Your career, academics, and personal growth all benefit from gaining professional work experience in another country. Knowing how impactful this is, not just for you, but for your parents, here are a few ways to prepare for and facilitate a successful conversation around doing an internship abroad!
Do Your Research
Before you sit down with your parents, schedule a meeting with your school’s study abroad advisor or career counselor to discuss approved programs. Afterward, research the programs that are a good fit for your academic goals. Remember – it’s about your studies, career path, and personal goals – not just what your friends are doing or where they want to go. Set up a time with your parents, bring brochures of the programs you’re interested in, and focus on why you think you and an academic internship abroad, are a great fit. You can also share how excited you are about it by showing them the City Guide for your selected city.
Only the Benefits
There is so much to gain from an international academic experience! From honing in on your personal career goals to gaining leadership skills, completing an internship to meeting professionals in your field, experiencing new cultures to seeing the world – it’ll all make you a more well-rounded person. Make sure to emphasize how beneficial it will be for you and your professional future.
Safety Comes First
Like it or not, your parents will always be concerned about your safety! Show them you care by researching emergency numbers, insurance, vaccinations, safety alerts, and any other health and security information about your destination. Emphasize CIEE’s best-in-class health, safety, and security protocols, 24/7 on-site professional staff, automatic iNext insurance, and world-wide network. Come up with a detailed communication plan and promise to follow it to a T.
Money, Money, Money
With financial and federal aid, pursuing an academic internship abroad is possible, and that doesn’t even include all the scholarship opportunities out there! At CIEE, we offer more than $8 million in scholarships and grants every year. Also, nothing will make your parents more proud than seeing you chip in. Create a budget, get a part-time job, help around the house, and start saving. Here are additional ways to save.
Plus, our application process couldn’t be easier. It takes less than a minute to apply for every need-based scholarship you’re eligible to receive. In a few weeks’ time, you’ll find out exactly what you qualify for.
Put Yourself in Their Shoes
Keep calm – this is a conversation, not an argument. Take the time to listen to any questions or objections they may have and give them space to make their decision.
If they have any further questions that you don’t have the answer to, have them call us! For real – our staff is always available to help.