Most business students currently may be required in their studies or based on their own pursuit of a private competitive advantage, to get out internship in China. For most European students there is the double challenge of finding multiple internships while finding them in many foreign location. For American students, from a variety of disciplines, it is not necessarily a matter of ‘if I should do an internship’ but more a problem of where and when.
Whether it is French business students seeking a retail internship in Turkey or an Australian student doing their internship inside their gap year, the greatest question for you is still, “How do I acquire one?”
Everyone applies for ‘that’ internship that is certainly advertised annually. Avoid this particular one such as the plague. Start by building a list 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 have a list that is your personal unique list – just one single person considering it – compared to a list where EVERYONE has access – hundreds or a large number of students chasing the paid internship.
No reason for looking for employment the place you don’t have a passion or have few skills. You can expect to hate it and so they may hate you. The name from the game of internships would be to develop your CV and to gain referees in the process. Neither can happen when you don’t fit the organisation.
As above, however in reverse. Should you don’t like them and they end up being no use ( eg. you would spend 3 months filing meaningless documents as opposed to doing anything worthwhile), then it’s a lose-lose.
Consider firms that give you standalone project work – you start and finish one job during the period of your internship. You build skills plus they have a real outcome.
Most study tours visit 15-20 companies over 2-3 weeks. Be brave enough to inquire about each and every presenter to get a business card and add these to your very own 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 got no training; I can’t get experience because I actually have no job’. Be intternship that all of your 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’ (rather than internship) employers.
A final thought (could have been a sixth point but wasn’t) is DON’T, DON’T, DON’T use internship in China to get an internship. They break all the five rules, charge lots of money for hardly any work and often poorly match intern and company – and often breach visa regulations whilst lying about the process.