These programs are great for students looking for school credit and new graduates looking for work experience, but they’re also a good fit for working professionals taking a career break or a family volunteer vacation.
Vancouver, BC (PRWEB) September 30, 2013
Discovering ways to rise above the crowd can make all the difference in the dynamic world of news media. Innovative college students often find that international internships can give them a competitive edge over their competition. With the help of CrossContinental.org, recent interns have been granted college funds to make achieving their dreams a reality.
Berenice Vasquez, a typical student at Smith College in Massachusetts, USA, aspires to have a career in journalism. Being fluent in both English and Spanish, her language proficiencies seem to have her off to a good start. Unfortunately, in the fiercely competitive arena of news media, a 'good' resume isn't quite good enough. Even the brightest scholar can reap the benefits of field experience, boosting skills and creating a profile far more appealing than those of other students vying for a coveted position.
In researching her options, Vasquez found international journalism internships through Cross-Continental Solutions, an organization that arranges low-cost programs abroad, making them an invaluable option for students.
“I really appreciate how affordable Cross-Continental is,” reports Vasquez. “When you look at other programs it doesn’t even compare. Most companies charge well over USD$5,000 for about a month, but the great thing about Cross-Continental is that it’s conscious of the needs of its participants. I really like how they consider this by offering a variety of different internships and volunteer experiences. They really take the time and effort to match their participants with an internship or volunteer experience that will be valuable to them. It has been great for me because it has reinforced thoughts I had about the career that I want to go into.”
With the help of the inexpensive program fees and a supervisor confirmation letter provided by Cross-Continental, Berenice has managed to get college funding of over USD$3500, which is more than enough to cover her entire internship trip, including living expenses and flight costs to Ecuador.
For those who have not yet experienced overseas travel, let alone a solo expedition, the idea may be overwhelming. Thankfully, interns are not left alone to fend for themselves abroad, and the details are meticulously organized for each individual participant. Cross-Continental also provides a support system both at home and abroad, ensuring their interns are well cared for and prepared to succeed in every situation. Vasquez was very pleased with the results of her personalized trip.
“I have been happy with everything. I thought that the coordinators were very helpful, and I loved my host family. They were extremely welcoming, and they helped me whenever I needed help.”
For her particular internship, Vasquez worked alongside full time staff at the most renowned newspaper in Northern Ecuador. Covering local, provincial, national, and international news, working for the newspaper is the perfect fit for students looking to broaden their horizons and experience the ins and outs of news media. Journalism internships give participants the chance to generate ideas for news stories, gather information, interview people, take pictures, and produce news articles.
“I did improve my writing and speaking skills in Spanish. I knew Spanish before going to Ecuador, but the Spanish there is completely different from the Spanish that I had learned. I believe that it was a good way for me to improve my Spanish, [and] that the internship strengthened my beliefs about my career goals.”
The beginnings of a career are often tumultuous and can be filled with apprehension. Jostling for position is stressful, especially when the outcome is uncertain. Going in with all the tools necessary for success will almost guarantee a smoother ride to the finish line, where students like Berenice Vasquez are sure to land on their feet, fully prepared to meet the future. Access free resources or join life-changing projects abroad at http://www.CrossContinental.org.
About Cross-Continental Solutions:
Cross-Continental Solutions provides unique yet affordable intern abroad, volunteer abroad, cultural immersion, language study, and gap year programs. These programs are great for students looking for school credit and new graduates looking for work experience, but they’re also a good fit for working professionals taking a career break or a family volunteer vacation. By living and working side by side with local people, participants gain an exceptional cross-cultural experience and the opportunity to make a difference. Covering a wide range of needs, opportunities are available in areas such as: Teaching, Healthcare, HIV work, Care-giving, Orphanage Work, Wildlife, Agriculture, Environmental Protection, Community Development, Business Coaching, Microfinance, Marketing, Journalism, Photography, Tourism, and more. Programs are available at many locations around the world, including Africa, Asia, and Latin America.