6 reasons to undertake a remote internship

BY Julian Te |

Remote internships have become an increasingly popular option for young professionals looking to gain valuable work experience, and with good reason. These new virtual opportunities provide several benefits over their in-person counterparts. 

So, if you’re debating whether or not to dip your toe into the virtual pond we have some reasons which will soon be making you want to dive straight into a remote internship.

1. Location, Location, Location  

Yes, the location of a remote internship is probably its biggest distinguishing factor, but that’s not to say that it isn’t a plus point too. The very beauty of a remote internship is that it can be carried out from the comfort of your own home. 

2. What Commute?

No need to wake up early for the ever stressful daily commute. No more worrying about being late or panicking about a cancelled train and you can completely forget about transport costs. Cha-Ching.  

3. Exposure to technology skills

Remote working is very likely to feature as part of the way we work globally even after COVID. It is already standard practice in many areas of IT and will become much more common in other professions now that it has been proven to work during COVID. More and more employers are expecting candidates to have a degree of experience with various technology and communication platforms, so a remote internship is a great way to get experience at this new way of working.

4. Stellar work ethic

Just because you don’t have a boss breathing down your neck doesn’t mean you won’t be working hard. You will be trusted with key projects and will have important responsibilities to carry out. It will be hard work but as a result, you will form good habits such as keeping focus, staying motivated and completing tasks immediately (rather than putting off) all of which contribute to a good work ethic. This is an attribute that will not only knock the socks off your host company but will go on to impress employers for years to come.  

5. Get to know your work style

Interning remotely provides the ideal chance to discover your work style and ultimately how you work best. You might be someone that needs to write a to-do-list every morning, you might need complete silence or you may even concentrate better with the radio playing in the background. Who knows but it’s a great way to find out. 

6. Increase your network 

Developing your professional network is a sure-fire way of gaining access to employment opportunities. Some experts say that 70 percent of people ended up in their current position thanks to networking. Others say it's more like 80 percent or even 85 percent. If you are still studying or at the beginning of your professional career, chances are you don’t have a very wide professional network yet. A remote internship can, therefore, serve as your first step to building a professional network all from the safety of your own home.

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