Most business students today are either required as part of their studies or based independently quest for a personal competitive advantage, to find out paid internship. For many European students there is a double challenge of finding multiple internships as well as finding them in some foreign location. For American students, from many different disciplines, it is far from a question of ‘if I would do an internship’ but more an issue of when and where.
Be it French business students seeking a retail internship in Turkey or perhaps Australian student doing their internship in their gap year, the greatest question is still, “How do I obtain one?”
Everyone applies for ‘that’ internship that is advertised each year. Avoid this one just like the plague. Start with building a listing of your 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 experience a list that is your own unique list – just one single person looking at it – than a list where EVERYONE has access – hundreds or 1000s of students chasing the marketing internship.
No part of obtaining employment in which you don’t have got a passion or have few skills. You may hate it plus they may hate you. The name of your bet on internships is usually to develop your CV and to gain referees on the way. Neither can happen if you don’t fit the organisation.
As above, but also in reverse. Should you don’t like them and they also turn out to be no use ( eg. spent 3 months filing meaningless documents as an alternative to doing anything worthwhile), then it’s a lose-lose.
Consider firms that provide you standalone project work – you start and finish one job over the course of your internship. You build skills and they also get a real outcome.
Most study tours visit 15-20 companies over 2-3 weeks. Be brave enough to inquire about every presenter for the business card and add them to your own personal contact list. (see Point 1)
The whole reason you do an internship is usually to overcome the perennial problem of ‘I can’t obtain a job because I have got no training; I can’t get experience because We have no job’. Be intternship that all of your current jobs align throughout the same theme (eg. urban planning; advertising; cost accounting, etc). Doing this demonstrates both consistency and experience to future ‘real job’ (rather than internship) employers.
One final thought (might have been a sixth point but wasn’t) is DON’T, DON’T, DON’T use marketing internship to find you an internship. They break every one of the five rules, charge thousands of dollars for minimal work in most cases poorly match intern and company – and sometimes breach visa regulations whilst lying about doing this.