My favorite academic experience was my internship that I completed in a small village outside of Merida. I met once a week with a woman who started a fair trade co-op. By the end of the experience, I had improved my knowledge of life in her small village, her co-op, improved my Spanish speaking abilities, and made a new friendship.
Employers are looking for applicants with international experience because they have acquired skills and experienced personal growth that goes far beyond the walls of a traditional college classroom. Yet only 1-2 percent of all American college or university students study abroad for a semester or longer. Increase your marketability through your experience abroad.
Make sure that your experience abroad stands out in your resume by including information on the following:
Consider the skills or qualities below. Do any of them describe what you learned or how you changed during your study abroad experience? Use specific examples or situations in your resume to demonstrate the particular skills or qualities that describe your experiences. It isn’t enough to claim that the experience “changed my life.” Make sure you answer “how” it changed your life. Below are many of the qualities students gain during the study abroad experience: