Make sure you know the basic logistics of your internship in advance if possible
- Where is the internship taking place?
- How will you get to and from the internship every day?
- If you are not in your home city, where will you stay during your internship?
- Will you be provided food during the internship?
- Will you be paid for the internship? If so, how?
Ask about the hours before the internship starts as this will be important for your logistic arrangements. Always arrive early, and stay a little later than required. Putting in the extra time and effort makes a good impression.
Visas and Work Eligibility
If you are doing an internship in a country other than your own, make sure you have checked that you have the appropriate work eligibiity for that country. If you need a visa or work permit, make sure you know the requirements and give yourself sufficient time to complete the process.
Check the expiry date of your passport and put a note in your calendar for at least 6 months in advance to begin the renewal process. In some cases 6 months might not even be sufficient. Remember that most embassies and consulates require 6 months validity in order to issue a visa or work permit. If you will be doing an internship in June/July, you will need to begin the application process in February/March and thus you need to check each January that your passport is valid until that December. If not, apply to your nearest embassy or consulate for a renewal or extension. It’s also a good idea to find out if your overseas embsssies and consulates will renew your passport or simply extend it. Some countries will only allow renewals in the country of issue, and thus you should plan to take care of this process when you are in your home country.
If you will be using your bank account in a foreign country, you must give your bank advacned warning. This can be done by phoning your bank’s customer care line or thorugh your bank’s website. If they see activity on your account in a foreign country without warning from you, they will assume the activity is fraudulent and they will block your account.