Most business students today are either required as part of their studies or based on their own quest for an individual competitive advantage, to seek out internship in China. For several European students there is the double challenge of finding multiple internships while finding them in certain foreign location. For American students, from a variety of disciplines, it is not an issue of ‘if I would do an internship’ but more a challenge of when and where.
Whether it be French business students seeking a retail internship in Turkey or even an Australian student doing their internship with their gap year, the greatest question is still, “Just how do i get one?”
Everyone applies for ‘that’ internship that may be advertised each year. Avoid this much like the plague. Begin by building a listing of your personal network – your Dad’s friends; your Uncle Johnny, the CEO; the man from industry who presented inside your class; a man you saw at TEDx;, etc.
Better to have a list that is your personal unique list – just one person looking at it – when compared to a list where Everybody has access – hundreds or a large number of students chasing the paid internship.
No reason for obtaining a task where you don’t use a passion or have few skills. You will hate it and so they may hate you. The name from the bet on internships would be to develop your CV as well as gain referees along the way. Neither can happen in the event you don’t fit the organisation.
As above, however in reverse. When you don’t like them and they show to be no use ( eg. you may spend 90 days filing meaningless documents as an alternative to doing anything worthwhile), then it’s a lose-lose.
Think of businesses that provide you standalone project work – you begin and complete one job over the course of your internship. You build skills plus they get a real outcome.
Most study tours visit 15-20 companies over 2-3 weeks. Be brave enough to inquire every presenter to get a business card and add those to your own private contact list. (see Point 1)
The full reason you do an internship is usually to overcome the perennial problem of ‘I can’t get yourself a job because We have no training; I can’t get experience because I have got no job’. Be intternship that all of your jobs align across the same theme (eg. urban planning; advertising; cost accounting, etc). Carrying this out demonstrates both consistency and experience to future ‘real job’ (as opposed to internship) employers.
Your final thought (might have been a sixth point but wasn’t) is DON’T, DON’T, DON’T use paid internship to find an internship. They break each of the five rules, charge thousands for almost no work and usually poorly match intern and company – and sometimes breach visa regulations whilst lying about the process.