Internship Supervisor Q&A
International internships are such a great way to get involved in your field and learn more about it on a global level. Our long-standing internships have seen thousands of students benefit from internships in Spain and that’s why we decided to speak with Javier, the CEO of one of our most trusted partner companies, to find out more about the international internship experience and what makes overseas internships so special.
1. What type of company do you work for and how long have you been working in this industry?
Our company is an International Marketing consultancy firm. We primarily help Spanish SMEs to find new international markets around the world. I founded our firm 6 years ago when I was 24, and since then we have been learning and growing every day to become the business we are.
2. Why are internship students important for your company?
It’s great for our company to get in touch with talented students who give us a fresh perspective. We usually take advantage of the students fresh perspective by involving them in new research and development projects, leading them to innovation and new horizons.
3. Do you think internships are important for career development?
Of course! Not so long ago I was a student as well and I was able to experience how profitable internships are for your own development.
Internships are a great way to get in touch with your future professional sector in an easy way, learning and mastering powerful skills that you will perform for your entire career. Also, I think it helps you to gain professional experience before finishing your studies and this helps to improve your resumé and make a big difference when applying to jobs.
4. How much experience have you had working with international interns?
We’ve been working with international interns for almost four years and I consider that the CEO is the right person in the company to mentor the intern.
Why? Because the most important thing for the student is to learn as much as possible, so international interns should be in touch with the highest level as possible within the company.
5. What are the advantages of working with international interns?
At our firm we have worked with national interns a few times and international ones are much more interesting. For example, it brings the opportunity to speak English to the whole company, since every employee will speak with them at some point during their internship.
Moreover, international interns give a close and personal view out of their own country that improves the international perspective on any project they are involved in. As we are in the international marketing sector, this is so important for us.
6. Are there any difficulties taking on international interns?
Traveling to another country or even tele-working is always challenging and may have some difficulties. At this point, it’s really important to find a partner who helps you with all these issues and I have seen in first person how the Euroace team helps students to overcome any possible situation that may happen.
7. What advice would you give to a student who wants to take an international internship in the future?
My advice would be just to do it, to do it as soon as possible. First thing to do is to find a company in a sector related to the student’s career and try to get the most out of it. It’s a really beneficial experience that can open doors to new possibilities.
8. From your experience, how can international interns benefit from the experience?
Euroace gives a unique opportunity to international interns: to get in touch with their future career before finishing their studies. Furthermore, from a more personal perspective, this experience brings the student a chance to get to know deeply a new country’s culture in the labour field, getting the intern closer to the ‘real’ life in a new country. You can’t get this experience by visiting a country as a tourist.
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