How valuable are overseas internships?

So I was wondering which is better: interning in a boutique investment firm in the country or heading to another boutique firm overseas?

I'm thinking of cities like Singapore, Santiago, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Sydney etc.

How do employers here view these internships? Do they look upon it favourably even if they might be at a BB? Is it worth the hassle to travel all the way there for my internship? Or should I just stay put in the states if I'll be working here eventually?

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Oct 17, 2016 - 12:33pm

From my experience, employers tend to assume to some degree that every internship coming out of Asia was acquired through connections (and not the 'networked my ass off' kind).

I had an 'ultra-prestigious' PE internship in shanghai and a much shorter, blander stint at a big 4 firm when I was apply to BBs and I never once got asked about the shanghai job. All they cared about was my time at the big 4 company because they knew I actually had to work for it.

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