People have asked me why I chose to leave the country (Philippines) for my internship. You may be wondering, why outside of the country? Why one year of internship? To be honest, it doesn’t have to be far away, it didn’t have to be that long but I chose it anyway knowing that it will benefit me in the future.
New York City is one of most fast paced environment i’ve been to, the streets are busy, the firetrucks are screaming and everybody seems to be in a war with the clock.
What is an Internship?
Some of you may know what it means ” An Internship is an opportunity offered by an employer to potential employees, called interns, to work for fixed, limited period of time” Usually Internships are offered to those who are in college or graduate students.
How did I get a placement internship here in NYC?
First of all, back when I was still planning on which country I should go to, I asked myself where do I see myself? Is the lifestyle going to fit me? Fishing some information about what it’s like to stay in a different country really does help because it gives you an idea if it matches your personality. Knowing that I’m outgoing, loud (in a good way! LOL) and always out for an adventure I knew I would fall into NYC as one of my choices. If you’re a type of person who just wants a chill and homey vibes, I would recommend going to another state like California or Florida.
Finding an internship placement is not easy, there are limited opportunities for students who wants to go internationally. I would advice to not expect too much about getting to a company that you hoped for. I am not saying that you won’t get in, it’s just rare that you match with the company you like. Since I am a business student, I could work in different departments like marketing/sales, finance or operations. I’ve always wanted to get into a fashion industry, but I was’t able to obtain a paid position. Just a heads up, most fashion companies doesn’t hire interns for a paid position and it usually lasts for 2-3 months only.
One month passed by, my agency finally called me and told me that there’s a potential company that offers a paid internship for a year, it’s a security system provider that has an open position for marketing and operations. I already took it and set up an interview to get more information about the tasks and the company. After the interview, I got the position and started processing my paper works that took me about 2-3 months to handle. It may not be the industry that I want to get into, but it made me realize that learning something new is more important considering that I would discover my skills and expand my knowledge in a different career.
The agency I went to is called OBEI Philippines, they are responsible in looking for the company and taking care of all the paper works from insurance to visa processing. Usually, it will take weeks or months before getting an interview from the company, which is normal since we all know that visa takes long to process. Looking for the right company that complements your field of study and interests is a little bit hard to find too, for the reason that most companies would rather get interns locally instead internationally due to loads of work to be done. I would say, please be patient because it’s going to be worth it. At first I was losing hope thinking that I wouldn’t be able to achieve it, but hey! Here I am living the life that I have imagined.
Why will it benefit me?
Clearly, NYC has given me a totally different perspective of reality. A year work experience in a different country and culture has taught me a lot throughout the course of my internship. I discovered skills that I thought I couldn’t do.I became more confident, mature, stronger from the challenges I have faced with and I am glad I made the biggest decision of my life because I know it changed me for the better.
Last few words before I end this reading,
Chase your dreams, follow your instincts and slowly you will get to where you want to be.
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