Most business students currently may be required as part of their studies or based on their own quest for your own competitive advantage, to look for out paid internship. For many European students you have the double challenge of finding multiple internships while finding them in certain foreign location. For American students, from a number of disciplines, it is really not a matter of ‘if I should do an internship’ but more a concern of where and when.
Whether it is French business students seeking a retail internship in Turkey or an Australian student doing their internship with their gap year, the greatest question is still, “Just how do i acquire one?”
Everyone applies for ‘that’ internship which is advertised every year. Avoid this particular one just like the plague. Start by building a listing of your own network – your Dad’s friends; your Uncle Johnny, the CEO; the guy from industry who presented in your class; a man you saw at TEDx;, etc.
Better to get a list that is certainly your very own unique list – just one person considering it – than a list where Everybody has access – hundreds or 1000s of students chasing the internship in China.
No reason for applying for a task that you don’t use a passion or have few skills. You are going to hate it and so they may hate you. The name in the game of internships is always to develop your CV as well as to gain referees in the process. Neither will happen in the event you don’t fit the organisation.
As above, but also in reverse. When you don’t like them and so they prove to be no use ( eg. you may spend 3 months filing meaningless documents instead of doing anything worthwhile), then it’s a lose-lose.
Consider firms that give you standalone project work – you begin and complete one job throughout your internship. You build skills and so they get yourself a real outcome.
Most study tours visit 15-20 companies over 2-3 weeks. Be brave enough to question each and every presenter for a business card and add those to your own personal contact list. (see Point 1)
The full reason you do an internship is always to overcome the perennial problem of ‘I can’t have a job because I have got no training; I can’t get experience because I actually have no job’. Be intternship that all of your current jobs align across 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 (could have been a sixth point but wasn’t) is DON’T, DON’T, DON’T use internship in China to locate you an internship. They break all the five rules, charge thousands for hardly any work and often poorly match intern and company – and frequently breach visa regulations whilst lying about doing this.