Siena College is big on business and is committed to identifying quality internships both here in the United States and abroad. Looking to improve your chances for gainful employment when you graduate? Consider this list of resume-boosting, international internships in places of economic importance and rapid growth. Go abroad and put the whole world in the palm of your hand!

An estimated 35 million people joined the Brazilian middle class between 2003 and 2009, helping their economy grow by leaps and bounds. As Brazil prepares to host the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, get yourself ahead of the trend and sign up to study abroad in Brazil.

Though its unprecedented economic growth does appear to be slowing a bit, China is still expected to overtake the United States as the world’s largest economy by the year 2027. By learning Chinese and gaining work experience in this international powerhouse, you’ll give yourself an advantage after graduation.

Latin America, as a region, continues to experience economic growth that is the envy of its neighbors to the north. With Latin American immigration to the United States on the rise, and the emergence of Spanish as a critical language for doing business, give yourself an edge and choose Ecuador.

Business Insider ranks Ghana as a “red hot economy,” and with good reason. As the second largest producer of cocoa in the world, and rich in oil, gold and timber, Ghana’s economy is on the rise. With a long, storied history and brimming with culture, Ghana is a great choice for study abroad.

London has long been considered the international center of finance, which doesn’t look to be changing anytime soon. Siena College has a long history of placing students in excellent internships throughout Central London.

So why should you study and work in a country at the center of the European debt crisis? By studying in Greece, you may actually come to better understand the complexities of the current crisis, and learn first-hand, from the people most affected, the pros and cons of the euro and the European Union. Athens, with both its ancient roots and contemporary culture, makes for an excellent study abroad destination.

As the world’s largest and fastest growing democracy, India’s economy is quickly shifting from agriculture to industry. A better understanding of Hindi language and Indian culture will not only benefit you personally, but will position you well for a successful professional future.

In 2011, the Mexican economy outpaced even that of Brazil, and our neighbor to the south is expected to enter the top ten largest economies by the year 2020. With its huge Spanish-speaking population, position as a cradle of culture, both ancient and contemporary, and of course, its proximity to the United States, all make Mexico a great place to study and intern abroad.

Much like the United States, Spain’s real estate bubble burst in 2008, leaving the country with historically high levels of unemployment. The Spanish people, however, are resilient. Learning to speak Spanish, as well as living and working in a country committed to restoring itself to economic prominence, will certainly pay off professionally.

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Today, many study abroad programs offer an internship component. Tell us where you’d like to go, and the staff of the Office of International Programs can help you find the program that’s right for you and for your career aspirations.





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