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Absolute Internship is an award-winning global internship program. We offer students the opportunity to broaden their professional and social network whilst gaining invaluable skills in their industry of choice. Since our inception in 2009 we have matched over 4,000 students with 800+ corporate partners in world-class cities including Barcelona, Beijing, Bogota, Hong Kong, Madrid, Lisbon, London, Montreal, Shanghai, Singapore, Stockholm and Tokyo. We are regularly featured in The New York Times, BBC News, Forbes Magazine, Financial Times, and Bloomberg as a worldwide leader for internship programs.

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2009
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New summer programs in Lisbon, Montreal and Tokyo!

Are you ready to open yourself to new opportunities abroad and join students from across the globe on an international adventure? Now is the time to secure your internship placement in Lisbon, the charismatic Portuguese capital; Stockholm, the new Unicorn of the World home to billion-dollar start-ups; or the Asian giants like Singapore and Hong Kong.

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Joshua
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had an extraordinary time in Singapore with my fellow students and the Absolute staff. Carol and Nina were excellent in our transition and I always looked forward to seeing them throughout the trip. Very friendly, helpful and were amazing to be around. The lodging throughout Malaysia and Singapore was top notch and could not have asked to stay in finer hotels.

Absolute placed me into my internship right off the bat and it was a perfect fit for what I was looking for. I learned many countless skills while abroad. Everyone in their college career should have an opportunity to study abroad or at least go abroad. This is an opportunity of a lifetime and to get the confidence of working in a foreign environment will help me moving forward. I am so glad I was able to go on this trip as it has impacted my views and skills greatly. I wish I could go back right now with my group to experience it all again.

What would you improve about this program?
I do not think the program could have been improved. Maybe in Malaysia not to do as much, but then again I enjoyed seeing everything we did even though we were on a time crunch.
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Moyinoluwa
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

From the beginning of this experience, I did not make their job easy. There were a lot of places I couldn't go, all my applications needed more work and took longer, and there was the added pressure of wanting to attend the same program as a family member. Despite all of this Absolute internship worked hard to get me somewhere that I would enjoy thoroughly. And I did. I'm not a very friendly person, but I managed to connect with a few great people on this trip. One of these people being my program coordinator, who I'm still in touch with. She was a great person who genuinely cared that we would have a great time. The company I worked with was a perfect fit for me; I worked in a small group of great people while corresponding with a larger group of great people. Overall, from before Hong Kong till now, this program was great. I am super grateful to everyone at Absolute Internship.

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David
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Last summer I traveled to Singapore for a two months internship in Singapore. I always wanted to visit Asia and was told Singapore was the most modern and richest city/country in Asia.

Absolute Internship were fantastic in all the aspects of, they setup my marketing internship, making me feel welcome, making friends and helped me understand the local culture.
I would recommend Singapore to anyone considering doing an internship overseas as it gives you both personal life experiences as well as professional experiences. My biggest advice to other students is to check out Singapore. The country is such a underrated destination.

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Ethan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

If you're debating whether or not to intern in Singapore, you absolutely should! This was a once in a lifetime experience and I’m so grateful I had the chance to do it last summer.

This summer in Singapore was full of adventure, work and laughter. From setting up clean, awesome housing to straight-forward visa to a brilliant internship - Absolute did it all.
Interning in Singapore was easily the best decision I've made in my life. Since the start of the program, Absolute staff was so welcoming. I didn't know what to expect when I arrived, but the staff made me feel comfortable and helped me adapt to the local culture through the many events-, meetups and trips in the weekends.

Honestly though - the best part of the program is the people that you meet. I met so many incredibly great people and made friends from all part of the world.
After a summer in Singapore, you'll for sure come back with awesome memories and stories to share! I'd highly recommend the program.

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Isabella
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I found out about Absolute Internship online. My biggest concern when applying to the program was the legitimacy of the program and that it would be a program with only American students. However, the program was as structured with students from all around the world (very international), fun and professional as it's advertised. The process from the moment I paid the program deposit was very smooth. Visa-, interviews with employers- and arrival in Singapore went very smooth.

I met lots of other interns through the program and we all lived in the same location. I didn't expect to bond so quickly with the other interns. I made so many good friends that I'm still in contact with. My roommate became one of my best friends. She was from the U.K. Our program coordinator was awesome and always there for us. She knew everything about the city from the best places to visit to the best street food to taste. A rockstar! Singapore was amazing and I would recommend the program to anyone who's interested to intern in Asia. An unforgettable summer and experience. Thank you!!

What would you improve about this program?
A good idea would be to offer it year-round so students can take part of it during winter as well.

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Alumni Interviews

Alumni interviews are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Thinh Vu

Although born in America, Thinh is a proud Australian of 18 years. He is currently in his 2nd year of Law/Commerce at The University of Queensland. In the little leisure time he has, he enjoys watching TV shows such as Game of Thrones, House of Cards and Modern Family.
A group of students gathered.

What do you tell your friends who are thinking about going abroad?

I would tell them to take the opportunity and go! It's a once in a lifetime opportunity and I absolutely do not regret anything. I've met amazing people from around the world who have inspired me so much.

Additionally, living in such a cultural melting pot has widened my view on the world and I've experienced so many opportunities that wouldn't be possible in Australia. Most importantly, I would recommend that everyone intern abroad as your CV will thank you so much!

The Australian graduate market is increasingly competitive and an internship automatically places you above other people and this can only be a good thing.

What was the hardest part about going abroad?

The hardest part of going overseas is leaving my family and friends for 2 months. This was my 1st time overseas without my family and it honestly didn't sink in till I arrived.

Although I felt nervous and home sick at the start, these feelings almost disappeared instantly as the Absolute staff, other interns and my supervisors made me feel at ease in England. In fact, I almost forgot how much I missed home in a few weeks as I was so busy learning and enjoying the London life!

Although you miss home, there are so many means of contacting friends and family back home thanks to the Internet and social media. And being away from home for 2 months makes you realize how important and special your friends and family back home are!

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

My one piece of advice would is be ready to learn, adapt and embrace the internship and the country. Being adaptable to change is an amazing quality and it makes your time overseas instantly better! Make use of your internship and learn as much as possible. Embrace your internship city and experience everything that the city has to offer.

Go out every night as you'll never know when you'll be back in that city. Having the above quality makes your internship period an experience you'll never forget. Lastly, I would recommend bringing the appropriate clothing for overseas.

I went to London in winter and I didn't bring enough warm clothing and got sick for 1.5 months! So make sure you stay healthy.

Staff Interviews

Staff interviews are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Anne-Fleur Vaartjes

Job Title
Business Development Associate
Having studied at an international school in Antwerp, lived in Hong Kong and currently living in Shanghai, Anne-Fleur has been exposed to many different environments and cultures and aims to continue to travel and explore to keep learning and growing.
hong kong skyline

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favorite travel memory is probably sitting around the table on a boat in Halong Bay, Vietnam, with people from all over the world, ranging from Israel to Romania and Venezuela, and just listening to their life and travel stories. One woman told me that she comes up with the best ideas while traveling, simply because when you travel you break your routines, you are taken out of your comfort zone, you see new things and become more open-minded, which in turn stimulates the creative brain. Just listening to them really inspired me and made this trip one of the best ones I went on – even though the beautiful scenery of course also played a role.

Which destination is most underrated? Conversely, which is most overrated?

Underrated: I would say that Singapore is definitely a destination that is often underrated. There is not a place that can even compare, with its modern skyscrapers, perfectly clean streets and one of the most sophisticated transportation systems in the world. Some might say its modern structure is associated with a lack of culture, but in my eyes the opposite is true, with Singapore hosting a more diverse mix of cultures than I have seen in a single country. Although it is a young nation, it is branching out, becoming more present in for example the art and music scene, with street artists singing on the bridge at Clarke Quay as you make your way to one of the numerous outstanding restaurants that serve unique blends of food from different parts of Asia. Singapore is lively and dynamic: there is always something to do and the opportunities are abundant, with the country often found at the top of the rankings regarding ease of doing business.

Overrated: To be honest, I have not lived in a place that I believe is really overrated, and it is difficult to say a destination is overrated after only having visited the place for a few days. Living in Hong Kong has been an unforgettable experience for me and it truly is the gateway to Asia as I see it, filled with opportunities. Currently living in Shanghai, this city is fascinating to me in a very different manner, yet equally resourceful.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

I believe a combination of communication, transparency and passion are the key to being a successful company. As people in the top section of the hierarchy, it is important to communicate important decisions to the lower parts, meanwhile, lower-level employees should be able to voice their opinion to the higher-level employees. This, together with transparency, creates an open work culture which has been proven – as I learned in business school – to positively affect the output of the business. Additionally, people should not start packing and get their keys out to be ready to leave when the clock strikes 5. If the employees really enjoy what they do and have a passion for their work, they will be willing to work more hours to achieve a certain goal or simply to deliver the best service and in this way allow the company to grow.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

In the short time that I have worked at Absolute Internship I have become more confident, a better communicator and learned what it is like to start and expand a company through the behind the scenes exposure to this successful and exciting start-up. From the start, my co-owners really involved me in every decision and made sure I knew that my opinion also matters. I am given a lot of responsibilities, which is challenging to handle when you are new to a job, but that is what I was looking for. I came here to learn and that is exactly what I am doing, every day. Moreover, my ultimate goal is to be an entrepreneur, and working at an international start-up like this, that just keeps growing yet continues to deliver outstanding services, has given me a taste of what it is like running my own company.

What unique qualities does your company possess?

The main thing that stood out to me from the beginning was how much each employee loves what they do, as well their ability to motivate their colleagues. Everyone knows the name and interests of each applicant and they all support each other and work incredible hard to find the best internship for every candidate, even if this means working many over-hours.

They high-five each other when someone confirms a new partnership with a company and the biggest reward to them is a happy student.

This is definitely one of the best work environments I have been surrounded by and it is what allows us to provide this unique service the way we do.

Describe a time when you felt especially proud to be part of your current team.

It may sound cliché, but to be honest I am always proud to say that I am working at Absolute Internship. Within five years this company has grown immensely, and it continues to do so, with an additional program in Madrid which was only recently created, and the co-owners looking to expand further. To be able to grow so quickly, yet keep improving the service that is delivered is very impressive to me. Yet, if I would have to mention one moment that made me particularly proud it would be when I received a message which mentioned that Absolute Internship is part of “The 10 Best Sites for Finding an Internship in 2016” according to Forbes. But then again, I have not been part of this team for long, and to me the thing that would make me the proudest would be when a student says that we made a difference in their career path or even life, and from what I have heard from my colleagues, this happens often. I could not ask for more.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

To be honest, I have heard a lot of stories that brought a smile to my face. One student was talking about how clear it is to her that we love our job and really care about the students. Another student is currently working in a reputable firm and told us how grateful he still is for the opportunities we provided him with. Lastly, it is always awesome to hear when a student is asked to stay at the company after completing the internship and the student accepts, as this means we have done our job well; the student was happy with the internship and we were able to have a positive impact on his or her career path.

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