Most business students today can be required in their studies or based by themselves quest for a personal competitive advantage, to seek out paid internship. For several European students there is 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 not an issue of ‘if I will do an internship’ but more a concern of when and where.
Be it French business students seeking a retail internship in Turkey or even an Australian student doing their internship in their gap year, the greatest question for you is still, “How do you obtain one?”
Everyone applies for ‘that’ internship which is advertised annually. Avoid this particular one such as the plague. Start with building a summary of your own personal network – your Dad’s friends; your Uncle Johnny, the CEO; the guy from industry who presented inside your class; a man you saw at TEDx;, etc.
Better to get a list that is your own personal unique list – just one person looking at it – than the usual list where EVERYONE has access – hundreds or a huge number of students chasing the internship in China.
No reason for applying for a job in which you don’t have got a passion or have few skills. You are going to hate it and they may hate you. The name in the bet on internships is usually to develop your CV and also to gain referees as you go along. Neither may happen when you don’t fit the organisation.
As above, but also in reverse. If you don’t like them and they turn out to be no use ( eg. spent 3 months filing meaningless documents as opposed to doing anything worthwhile), then it’s a lose-lose.
Consider businesses that offer you standalone project work – you start and finish one job during the period of your internship. You build skills and they also obtain a real outcome.
Most study tours visit 15-20 companies over 2-3 weeks. Be brave enough to question every single presenter for the business card and add these people to your own private contact list. (see Point 1)
The entire reason you need to do an internship is to overcome the perennial problem of ‘I can’t obtain a job because We have no training; I can’t get experience because I have no job’. Be intternship that all of your current jobs line up 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.
One final thought (might have been a sixth point but wasn’t) is DON’T, DON’T, DON’T use paid internship to locate an internship. They break every one of the five rules, charge lots of money for very little work and in most cases poorly match intern and company – and frequently breach visa regulations whilst lying about accomplishing this.