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A Guide to Linguistics Internships Abroad

The study of language is constantly evolving to better demonstrate modern styles of speech and communication. As a result, linguistics professionals are in constant need of fresh minds to help research the growing system of language. It is extremely beneficial to intern abroad in linguistics, because it not only allows interns to gain a better understanding of one particular language, but all languages and types of communication as a whole. Through linguistics internships abroad, individuals will be exposed to different types of verbal, visual, and emotional communication that will ultimately enhance their knowledge of linguistics and professional credentials.

Why Intern Abroad in Linguistics

Language is deeply embedded into the culture of every nation. The way in which people talk, act, look, and generally operate in society is both influenced and reflected by the national language and various dialects of each country. Through interning abroad in linguistics, individuals will have the chance to observe all aspects of a specific language in its most natural environment. Linguistics internships abroad are sure to provide interns with an in depth look into a specific country, culture, or community’s system of communication.

Linguistics internships allow individuals to research particular aspects of language use, generation, and meaning, and then have the opportunity to apply their findings in order to gain an objective perspective on language as a whole or compare languages between cultures. Internships in linguistics provide individuals with the opportunity to cross analyze patterns that exist within new cultures and their own culture, to expand their understanding of the field. This newly learned ability, to compare and contrast languages across cultures, is crucial in the field of linguistics; therefore, participating in linguistics internships abroad is an excellent way to kickstart a professional career in the field.

Locations

Internship opportunities in the field of linguistics are extremely beneficial no matter what location each intern chooses. Every country and region has its own way of communicating, therefore it is possible to intern abroad in linguistics anywhere. However, the following are just a few examples of some locations where it is quite easy, and valuable, to find linguistics internships abroad.

Spain is a very popular country for international programs, and also a country where it is more than possible to find internship opportunities in the field of linguistics. Spanish is the official language of Spain, and interning in Spain can be an interesting endeavor for those who are just beginning to learn the language as well as fluent speakers. Since Spain hosts many regional dialects, interns will find that the Spanish spoken in Spain is much different than the Spanish spoken in Central and South America. These long-lasting regional dialects prove the true power of culture and location in the development and evolution of language overtime. Due to these unique characteristics and great language diversity, Spain makes for a great location to intern abroad in linguistics.

China has over 200 languages spoken within its borders, so clearly there are plenty of regional languages to explore and study. However, Mandarin Chinese is the nation’s official language, a most well known dialect, and is quickly growing in popularity throughout the world. As one of the world’s largest countries, linguistics internships in China will provide interns with the opportunity to explore some of the more rare forms of communication in the country and delve into regional dialects spoken in the more rural Chinese towns and villages. Massive cities like Beijing and Shanghai also make for beneficial, eye opening locations to intern abroad in linguistics. Considering China is also a very progressive country, interns will also be able to examine the evolution of Chinese languages over centuries of history.

India is home to over 400 languages and dialects, making it one of the top locations for linguistics internships abroad. Prior to the country’s independence, while it was a British colony, English became the country’s national language, and it remains the dominant language of government, business, and education in India. But, aside from English, Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, and Telugu are all common languages spoken in India, however these are only a few among hundreds of others. Due to the vast number of dialects spoken throughout various regions of India, it is a great place to explore the field of linguistics.

Linguistics Internships Abroad

The types of linguistics internships abroad cover a wide range of fields and industries, from communications research to education to translation to business. As a linguistics intern abroad, you will have the chance to learn the ins and outs of many other industries while expanding your understanding of languages around the world.

Some linguistics internships offer a work/study package, in which you will be given an intensive internship in linguistics in return for course credit along with extensive language training. This type of program is extremely beneficial for students since it kills three birds with one stone, providing them with course credits, real life work experience, and the opportunity to sharpen their language skills all at the same time.

The time commitment of linguistics internships abroad typically ranges between 20 to 40 hours per week. Most internships abroad will not require interns to work full time, in order to provide interns with time for language courses, cultural immersion, and the chance to explore their new home. Linguistics interns often have the opportunity to participate in a homestay accommodation, which provides them with even more background on the culture, language practice, and well-rounded experience abroad.

GoAbroad Insider Tips

Become Absorbed in the Field. By choosing an internship abroad in linguistics in country that speaks a language other than your native tongue, you will begin to experience the true mystery of language learning and immersion. You will be forced to gradually learn the local language, as you will often encounter moments in which no one speaks your native language, which will simultaneously better your understanding of the language itself and the field of linguistics. Being surrounded by the local culture will also give you an in-depth look into the way the country’s culture influences communication amongst its people and life as a whole.

Enhance Your Appreciation for Languages. Linguistics internships abroad will give you a whole new appreciation for the complexities of language and communication on a global scale. You may be humbled by your experience in many ways, but you will also gain a universal understanding for human communication that transcends borders and cultural barriers. Through being thrown into an unfamiliar environment, you will come to understand the fundamental ways in which humans interact. The type of knowledge developed through interning abroad is a kind of knowledge that cannot be learned in a classroom or by reading a textbook, instead it must be learned through traveling and connecting with new cultures and people.

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