My Internship Abroad Experience
From Paris to Surabaya, Indonesia: My Internship Abroad Experience
A morning discount notification from Gojek and Grab is my daily reminder that my internship experience in Indonesia was not just a dream. The memory of this experience still lingers in my mind, though it has been a few months now since I came back to my ordinary life as a student in Paris. During a 3-month business development internship in Surabaya, Indonesia, I was in a timeless bubble of discovery and experiencing. Reflecting on this life-changing experience, I can say with confidence that doing an internship with Bright Internships was the best decision of my life.
An Amazing Experience
Experiencing life as young adults focused on their studies is absolutely vital. This overwhelming feeling of uncertainty that comes with this period of life can only be soothed by trying different stuff - be it internships, travels or student exchanges. Combining it all into an internship abroad will guarantee you all the perks. During my time in Indonesia, I met amazing people that eventually became my friends, which made me expend my points of view and evolve. I managed to experience new cultures, taste new foods and see new landscapes. Aside from feeding my memories with unforgettable moments, this amazing period helped me know myself better and have more self-confidence. Being away in a new environment, outside of your comfort zone is very stimulating.
Beneficial on Many Levels
Indeed, this period of autonomy away from my family and friends has had many benefits on me. On a personal level, my confidence has peaked during this time, as taking my own decisions for myself made me more conscious of my abilities and my limits. I had the pleasure to speak to various people in different contexts, thus my communication skills improved greatly, especially in English, considering the fact that I never spent time abroad to practice. But social skills are not the only benefits you will get. Indeed, your internship will occupy a great deal of your time abroad, so you can naturally expect to improve your professional skills. That is exactly what I did, and I gained in ability to understand professional matters but I also acquired more flexibility and capacity to deal with new situations.
Skills and Communication: This Experience is Totally WORTH IT
For all the reasons above, and so much more that could never be translated into words, this experience was worth every penny I invested into this internship abroad. All the time I spent to earn and save the money, as well as preparing my departure was worth it. If I had to do it all over again, I would do it the exact same way, as I left Indonesia with no regrets but with new dreams.
This experience has changed me as a person, and will most likely change the course of my future. Indeed, I am convinced this experience will differentiate me from other candidates in a future job interview for example, especially in the context of an international career. Since I came back, I take more initiatives on a daily basis and I have a better perspective of my life and my future. So I would highly recommend for anyone that has the opportunity to do an internship abroad to go for it, and for the others, be patient until this opportunity is created, just like I did. Ultimately, all of this was made possible with the help of the Bright Internship team, who made this unforgettable experience possible safely, so they will always have my gratitude.