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“When in Rome, do as the Romans” Tips and tricks for an internship abroad.

Preparing for an internship abroad can be a tough case. What legal documentation does one need, what is foreign office etiquette and what other side business will be important when abroad? In this article you will find a quick guide to a successful internship abroad!

Social standards.

Working permits

Whereas Dutch people are quite open and direct this social behavior can get one in a lot of trouble abroad. First point of business on your agenda will be getting up to date with social standards and work etiquette in the country of choice. Your life and work will go a lot smoother when adapting to these norms.

Every country has its own immigration and working regulations. Take this in regard when applying abroad. These permits can take quite some time to get hold off. Also take in consideration for how long your internship will be in combination with how long you are entitled to stay. Keep yourself out of trouble!

Application etiquette Each culture has his own application rules. Update your resume to be cultural appropriate. For example in some country’s it is forbidden to include a passport photo in one’s resume to prevent discrimination. Withhold your resume from disappearing in the bin!

‘’Check yourself be-

fore you wreck yourself! You won’t be the first mainland European who drives on the wrong side of the road in the UK!’’

Insurances and driving. Always be prepared for the worst, accidents happen! A health insurance will play a crucial part in a carefree stay abroad. Got a drivers license? Check yourself before you wreck yourself! You won’t be the first mainland european who drives on the wrong side of the road in the UK!

Application etiquette

Office environment and behavior.

Each culture has his own application rules. Update your resume to be cultural appropriate. For example in some country’s it is forbidden to include a passport photo in one’s resume to prevent discrimination. Withhold your resume from disappearing in the bin!

You’ve done it! Landed yourself a dream internship in your dream country! But what now? Let’s start with your new environment. Different rules apply to this situation. Used to going home right after work? Don’t try this in the UK. The English like to socialize with colleagues over drinks outside of work. These after work get togethers are a crucial part of English office life.

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