INTERNeX Through the Looking Glass -Advantages of Unpaid Internships


This is Amiel, back again for more. I found another quote I quite like: “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us” – by Anonymous
I can say with confidence that you’ll definitely miss out if you never take a step out of the place you grew up in.
Did you miss my last post about the INTERNeX Practicum Program? No worries! Here’s the link:
INTERNeX Through the Looking Glass -Practicum Program

Today’s topic: Advantages of unpaid internships.

So, this is what usually happens when you do a paid internship. In the company’s that you’re placed in mind you are being paid by them to do some work. Obviously, it’s a standard give-and-take relationship with a focus on what you can do for them which shouldn’t be the purpose of your placement.
Let’s say you’re a university/college/polytechnic student or just fresh out of high school. You either have no job related skills or just began acquiring them. However, you signed up for the internship to actually gain practical experience and learn about the work environment you’re placed in. Now, what is the company to do? They’re already paying you but you have hardly anything to give in return. The solution? You get to make coffee, go out on errand runs or stand at the copy machine, just to keep you busy. The bad thing about it is that you also feel obligated and can’t really complain since you’re being paid after all.

Unpaid internships aka practicums are a little different. You’re still in a give-and-take relationship after the company accepts you. But this time the company will feel obligated to give you something else in return since they are not already paying you. Instead, they’ll actually let you learn how to do some real work and have you participate in activities that might even impact the company. One of the reasons for this, is that they just don’t want to look bad by making you do boring day to day tasks for free.

It’s a “win-win” situation! Additionally, you have more control over the content of your practicum and freedom to speak up if you don’t like how your placement is going, seeing that the company doesn’t have the leverage in form of a paycheck over you.

The top priority for INTERNeX is to give you the best possible placement opportunity that also conforms to your personal goals and university requirements.

In the end, you’ll be much happier with the experiences you gained through an unpaid placement and the over 10,000 students INTERNeX has assisted over the past 15 years can attest to that.
A little doubtful? Check out the “My INTERNeX Experience” category on our Blog and videos on YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/internexcanada/videos

Next week will be a little information on INTERNeX’ Hospitality Program.
Cheers!

 

INTERNeX International Exchange – PR Coordinator
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INTERNeX Through the Looking Glass -Practicum Program

Amiel here again!
Missed my first post about INTERNeX? Check it out: INTERNeX Through the Looking Glass – Intro

The other day I found this quote by David Mitchell who wrote Cloud Atlas (some of you might have seen the movie) “travel far enough, you meet yourself”. I think this statement holds a lot of truth. When you travel you leave behind your old environment to step into a new one to broaden your horizons. You accumulate experiences you never could have if you had stayed at home.What’s on the menu today? Earlier this week I gave you an introduction of INTERNeX and what they’re all about. This time we’ll be checking out one of the INTERNeX programs you can sign up for: the Practicum Program.

What is it and how does it work?

First of all, most placements INTERNeX facilitates in and outside of Canada are unpaid. Does that seem shocking to you? Well, there is a deeper meaning to it. If you want to know what it is check out the Blog next week, when I’ll have a post about the differences between paid and unpaid internships.

INTERNeX is able to facilitate placements in almost any industry. So, it pretty much comes down to what you want to do and learn, be it for your post-secondary education or voluntary/personal reasons. That’s because a practicum is supposed to help you gain practical experience in the industry of your placement and ideally assist you in finding an environment you could see yourself working in in the future.
Before you can begin your journey though, there are several steps you’ll have to take first. The early stages are for discussing what your goals are and what you want to achieve. After which, you will be introduced to potential organizations that also demonstrate interest in you. Next, is the completion of the visa process and only once INTERNeX is sure you’re all set will you take off on your adventure.

The difference in how INTERNeX works compared to other international exchange agencies is the close contact they have with their candidates by accompanying and supporting them every step of the way. By doing it like this they help taking away a lot of that anxiousness you feel when you take your first jump into a different world.

With this we’ve reached the end for today but the next blog post is not so far off explaining the advantages of an unpaid internship over a paid one.

Cheers!


INTERNeX International Exchange – PR Coordinator

work + live + learn

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INTERNeX Through the Looking Glass -Intro

My name is Amiel and I’m taking part in INTERNeX’ Practicum Program as a practicum student at INTERNeX. Wow, that almost sounded like a tongue twister! 😀the new guy

Alright, why am I here writing this blogpost and introducing myself? What I want to do today is tell you a little about INTERNeX from my perspective with the topics of: Who are they? And what do they do?

First, something about myself. I’m a German university student, in my final year before completing my Bachelor’s degree in International Business Administration. Here in Vancouver, I’m currently about half way through my 4 month practicum working as a PR Coordinator on the one side but also doing Social Media Marketing on the other. I’ve already learned so much and had extremely fun experiences! Time really flies and there’s always much too little of it.

Now, who is INTERNeX?
The company was founded by Timothy Wells in 1998. In a nutshell, it’s an organization that gives you the opportunity to explore the world by helping you live and work in a foreign country. However, I believe it is so much more. INTERNeX is a global community of people eager to meet and learn about new places, people and their cultures around the world. Besides providing their services to the candidates they integrate all of them in weekly and monthly social activities, making it feel like you’re hanging out with a bunch of friends. It’s really incredible and I haven’t met or even heard of any other organization that does the same for its participants.

So, what exactly does INTERNeX do?
There are three main programs: Ranch Stay, Hospitality and the Practicum Program. They also give you the possibility to take part in a Volunteering Program through Fronteering (check out their website at: www.fronteering.com). INTERNeX has a close and lifelong relationship with them. In other words a partnership.
Through the help of these programs participants who want to gain practical experience are able to receive placements well-suited to their needs. The mission is to promote personal success and assist the candidates in achieving their goals while nurturing cultural understanding in this multi-cultural community.

Well, that was all for today! This week was only an introduction into the world of INTERNeX. In case you want to learn more, check out my blogposts over the upcoming weeks in which I’ll be going into more detail about the programs INTERNeX provides OR just visit the homepage at: www.internexworld.com

 
Cheers!

INTERNeX International Exchange – PR Coordinator
work + live + learn

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www.internexworld.com – Web
www.internexcanada.com – Blog
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