Most business students today can be required in their studies or based by themselves search for a private competitive advantage, to seek out internship in China. 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 an issue of ‘if I would do an internship’ but more a concern of where and when.
Whether it is French business students seeking a retail internship in Turkey or perhaps an Australian student doing their internship within their gap year, the ultimate real question is still, “How do you get one?”
Everyone applies for ‘that’ internship that is advertised every year. Avoid this one just like the plague. Begin by building a summary of your own 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 which is your own unique list – just one person taking a look at it – compared to a list where EVERYONE has access – hundreds or thousands of students chasing the marketing internship.
No point in obtaining work the place you don’t have a passion or have few skills. You will hate it and so they may hate you. The name in the bet on internships is to develop your CV as well as to gain referees along the way. Neither will happen when you don’t fit the organisation.
As above, nevertheless in reverse. If you don’t like them and they also prove to be no use ( eg. spent 3 months filing meaningless documents instead of doing anything worthwhile), then it’s a lose-lose.
Take into consideration firms that offer you standalone project work – you begin and finish one job during the period of your internship. You build skills plus they get yourself a real outcome.
Most study tours visit 15-20 companies over 2-3 weeks. Be brave enough to question each presenter to get a business card and add these to your own personal contact list. (see Point 1)
The entire reason one does an internship would be to overcome the perennial problem of ‘I can’t get a job because I have no training; I can’t get experience because I have no job’. Be intternship that all of your current jobs line up round the same theme (eg. urban planning; advertising; cost accounting, etc). Achieving this demonstrates both consistency and experience to future ‘real job’ (in contrast to internship) employers.
One final thought (could have been a sixth point but wasn’t) is DON’T, DON’T, DON’T use paid internship to get an internship. They break every one of the five rules, charge thousands for very little work and in most cases poorly match intern and company – and often breach visa regulations whilst lying about doing this.