Most business students today may be required in their studies or based on their own quest for an individual competitive advantage, to get out internship in China. For many European students there is the double challenge of finding multiple internships as well as finding them in certain foreign location. For American students, from a variety of disciplines, it is not necessarily a subject of ‘if I ought to do an internship’ but more an issue of where and when.
Be it French business students seeking a retail internship in Turkey or an Australian student doing their internship in their gap year, the greatest question for you is still, “How can i obtain one?”
Everyone applies for ‘that’ internship which is advertised each year. Avoid this like the plague. Start with building a list of your personal network – your Dad’s friends; your Uncle Johnny, the CEO; the guy from industry who presented inside your class; a guy you saw at TEDx;, etc.
Better to get a list that is your personal unique list – merely one person looking at it – compared to a list where Everybody has access – hundreds or a large number of students chasing the internship in China.
No part of obtaining work where you don’t have got a passion or have few skills. You will hate it and they may hate you. The name of your game of internships is usually to develop your CV as well as gain referees along the way. Neither can happen when you don’t fit the organisation.
As above, however in reverse. If you don’t like them and they show to be no use ( eg. you spend three months filing meaningless documents instead of doing anything worthwhile), then it’s a lose-lose.
Think of businesses that give you standalone project work – you begin and complete one job throughout your internship. You build skills and they get yourself a real outcome.
Most study tours visit 15-20 companies over 2-3 weeks. Be brave enough to inquire about every presenter for any business card and add these people to your very own contact list. (see Point 1)
The complete reason one does an internship would be 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 actually have no job’. Be intternship that all of your current jobs align around 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.
Your final thought (might have been a sixth point but wasn’t) is DON’T, DON’T, DON’T use internship in China to get you an internship. They break all the five rules, charge thousands of dollars for hardly any work and usually poorly match intern and company – and sometimes breach visa regulations whilst lying about doing this.