Mar 9, 2018 at 12:00am ET By Alyssa Walker

What's a surefire way to bolster your resume for international work? An international internship.

According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, more undergraduates are seeking international internship experiences to make their resumes "pop."

What are the benefits of an international experience? A different language, a different culture, and a willingness to embrace the unknown--all desirable characteristics for the next generation's workforce.

Nigel Cossar, director of the Penn Abroad program at the University of Pennsylvania said, "As we live in an increasingly globalized world, there is a strong chance that many students will embark on an international career, at least in some capacity."

Based on data from the Institute of International Education (IIE), during 2015-2016, US college students increased their participation in international internships by 21 percent from the prior year.

What kinds of international internships do students want? According to the Wall Street Journal article, business-related fields like finance and marketing are particularly robust. 

Universities across the US are working hard to embrace the new demand for international internship experiences. 

At the University of Cincinnati for example, has created six internship abroad opportunities in the past three years, and places 95 students per year. Their international co-op program also places 20-30 students globally in London, Singapore, Hong Kong, Cape Town, South Africa and Santiago, Chile; Seville and Madrid, Spain, and Berlin, Germany.

Ready to go? Don't pack your bags just yet. Consider cost, duration of the program, credit opportunities, and scholarships. International internships aren't cheap--but they're probably worth it.

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Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

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