Most business students these days can be required in their studies or based alone pursuit of a personal competitive advantage, to seek out paid internship. For several European students there is the double challenge of finding multiple internships while also finding them in many foreign location. For American students, from a number of disciplines, it is far from a matter of ‘if I should do an internship’ but more a concern of where and when.
Whether it be French business students seeking a retail internship in Turkey or perhaps an Australian student doing their internship inside their gap year, the ultimate real question is still, “Just how do i get one?”
Everyone applies for ‘that’ internship that is certainly advertised each and every year. Avoid that one such as the plague. Begin with building a summary of your very own network – your Dad’s friends; your Uncle Johnny, the CEO; the man from industry who presented within your class; a man you saw at TEDx;, etc.
Better to experience a list that is certainly your very own unique list – only one person checking out it – compared to a list where EVERYONE has access – hundreds or 1000s of students chasing the marketing internship.
No point in obtaining a job in which you don’t have a passion or have few skills. You will hate it and so they may hate you. The name from the bet on internships is usually to develop your CV as well as to gain referees along the way. Neither will happen should you don’t fit the organisation.
As above, but in reverse. When you don’t like them and so they show to be no use ( eg. you may spend three months filing meaningless documents as opposed to doing anything worthwhile), then it’s a lose-lose.
Take into consideration companies that give you standalone project work – you start and complete one job during the period of your internship. You build skills and so they obtain a real outcome.
Most study tours visit 15-20 companies over 2-3 weeks. Be brave enough to question every single presenter for any business card and add these to your own private contact list. (see Point 1)
The complete reason one does an internship is usually to overcome the perennial problem of ‘I can’t get yourself a job because I have no training; I can’t get experience because I actually have no job’. Be intternship that all of your current jobs align across the same theme (eg. urban planning; advertising; cost accounting, etc). Accomplishing this demonstrates both consistency and experience to future ‘real job’ (rather than internship) employers.
One final thought (could have been a sixth point but wasn’t) is DON’T, DON’T, DON’T use marketing internship to discover an internship. They break every one of the five rules, charge thousands of dollars for almost no work in most cases poorly match intern and company – and quite often breach visa regulations whilst lying about doing so.