Most business students currently are either required in their studies or based by themselves pursuit of a private competitive advantage, to find out paid internship. For several European students you have the double challenge of finding multiple internships as well as finding them in many foreign location. For American students, from many different disciplines, it is far from a question of ‘if I would do an internship’ but more a challenge of where and when.
Whether it be French business students seeking a retail internship in Turkey or even an Australian student doing their internship inside their gap year, the greatest question for you is still, “How do I purchase one?”
Everyone applies for ‘that’ internship that is advertised every year. Avoid that one like the plague. Begin by building a list of your own network – your Dad’s friends; your Uncle Johnny, the CEO; the guy from industry who presented within your class; a guy you saw at TEDx;, etc.
Better to get a list which is your very own unique list – merely one person looking at it – than a list where All of us have access – hundreds or thousands of students chasing the marketing internship.
No part of applying for a job that you don’t have got a passion or have few skills. You can expect to hate it and so they may hate you. The name from the bet on internships is always to develop your CV and also to gain referees on the way. Neither may happen in the event you don’t fit the organisation.
As above, but in reverse. When you don’t like them and they also end up being no use ( eg. you spend 90 days filing meaningless documents rather than doing anything worthwhile), then it’s a lose-lose.
Consider firms that provide you standalone project work – you start and finish one job during the period of your internship. You build skills and they also get yourself a real outcome.
Most study tours visit 15-20 companies over 2-3 weeks. Be brave enough to inquire every presenter for any business card and add these people to your own private contact list. (see Point 1)
The whole reason you need to do an internship is usually to overcome the perennial problem of ‘I can’t have a job because We have no experience; I can’t get experience because I actually have no job’. Be intternship that your jobs line up throughout the same theme (eg. urban planning; advertising; cost accounting, etc). Doing this demonstrates both consistency and experience to future ‘real job’ (as opposed to internship) employers.
One last thought (might have been a sixth point but wasn’t) is DON’T, DON’T, DON’T use internship in China to locate an internship. They break each of the five rules, charge thousands of dollars for hardly any work and often poorly match intern and company – and sometimes breach visa regulations whilst lying about the process.