Would you like to test theknowledge and skills learned at the university in „real life”, in aninternational environment? Do you wish to decide on the first stages of yourcareer based on your own experiences? If yes, you may want to consider takingan internship opportunity abroad at one of the many partners of the CorvinusInstitutes, or another company, science think tank or NGO of your choice, Thegood news is that there are several options for you to test your skills abroadand the University will do its best to help you with the large pool of informationthere is.
Besides good grades, employersnowadays focus more and more on real experience even when it comes to filling ajunior position. The reason for this is that such candidates have already shownproof that they are able to use the knowledge gained at school, and completetasks responsibly and in a team. Also, you can profit a lot from an internshipas a student as well. You can learn about different corporate cultures and theiractual activities in various sectors. You can learn from and get inspired bythe best experts. You may amplify this by picking an internship abroad, testyour foreign language skills in a real-life work environment, and prove thatyou are able to move around confidently in an international setting.
An internship usually means afantastic opportunity, but in order to make the best possible decision you maywant to consider some criteria. Below is some help for doing this.
First and foremost, you needto think about what you would like to do, what is the area that wouldserve you the best both professionally and personally. There are many openinternship positions at large companies, but there are opportunities at SME’sand start-ups as well. Non-profit and scientific organizations tend to be evenmore welcoming towards those wishing to join them. There are a million optionsfor well-trained and enthusiastic undergraduates, so we encourage you to notsettle for the second best and go for your dream position.
Another important decision tobe made is about the language you would like to use during your foreigninternship. The easiest option is probably to go for a position that needs Englishas a working language, and such an experience is a great chance for you to sharpenyour language skills in a professional setting. This, however, does not meanthat you should not consider destinations where you can practice your secondforeign language, especially if you are already happy with your English. An internshipin a second foreign language may mean a lot from a career point of view, as itmay multiply the number of potential positions and make moving forward in yourcareer easier.
It is also advisable to beclear about the practical details. Some majors make completing apractice period mandatory – more information on this is provided by the courseinformation and the staff. These requirements may restrict your choice oforganizations and companies, so if you need to take a mandatory practice, you donot need to consider these options.
We are confident that you willgain a lot of useful experience during your practice period. After consideringall the criteria above, you might as well start searching for the best positionfor you. The following channels and organizations may help:
The contacts ofyour institute or department: Many instituteshave foreign contacts, which are free to use. More information on these areprovided by the websites and message boards of the institutes, as well as theinstructors, or even other, more senior students if you ask them for help.
Student ServicesOffice: The job of the SSO is to help the students ofCorvinus in any issue they may have. When searching for an internship positionabroad do not hesitate to contact them, as they may give you enormous help withtheir up-to-date database and advice.
Search pages: There are several internet pages that help employersand interns in finding each other. Erasmusintern.org gives you positions in Erasmus+. The platform for positionswithin Europe is Europlacement.com, and outside Europe its counterpart is Globalplacement.com. Euractiv is another site to help you find positionsin Europe.
Direct contact: This may sound a little scary at first, but you cancontact the companies and organizations that you find interesting directly. Beingpro-active often sparks interest and opens doors for you!
StudentOrganizations: Many student organizationsoffer international professional opportunities for their members. The mostprominent is probably AIESEC, which places hundreds of Hungarian students and freshgraduates in positions abroad.