Would you like to test the knowledge and skills learned at the university in „real life”, in an international environment? Do you wish to decide on the first stages of your career based on your own experiences? If yes, you may want to consider taking an internship opportunity abroad at one of the many partners of the Corvinus Institutes, or another company, science think tank or NGO of your choice, The good news is that there are several options for you to test your skills abroad and the University will do its best to help you with the large pool of information there is.
Besides good grades, employers nowadays focus more and more on real experience even when it comes to filling a junior position. The reason for this is that such candidates have already shown proof that they are able to use the knowledge gained at school, and complete tasks responsibly and in a team. Also, you can profit a lot from an internship as a student as well. You can learn about different corporate cultures and their actual activities in various sectors. You can learn from and get inspired by the best experts. You may amplify this by picking an internship abroad, test your foreign language skills in a real-life work environment, and prove that you are able to move around confidently in an international setting.
An internship usually means a fantastic opportunity, but in order to make the best possible decision you may want to consider some criteria. Below is some help for doing this.
First and foremost, you need to think about what you would like to do, what is the area that would serve you the best both professionally and personally. There are many open internship positions at large companies, but there are opportunities at SME’s and start-ups as well. Non-profit and scientific organizations tend to be even more welcoming towards those wishing to join them. There are a million options for well-trained and enthusiastic undergraduates, so we encourage you to not settle for the second best and go for your dream position.
Another important decision to be made is about the language you would like to use during your foreign internship. The easiest option is probably to go for a position that needs English as a working language, and such an experience is a great chance for you to sharpen your language skills in a professional setting. This, however, does not mean that you should not consider destinations where you can practice your second foreign language, especially if you are already happy with your English. An internship in a second foreign language may mean a lot from a career point of view, as it may multiply the number of potential positions and make moving forward in your career easier.
It is also advisable to be clear about the practical details. Some majors make completing a practice period mandatory - more information on this is provided by the course information and the staff. These requirements may restrict your choice of organizations and companies, so if you need to take a mandatory practice, you do not need to consider these options.
We are confident that you will gain a lot of useful experience during your practice period. After considering all the criteria above, you might as well start searching for the best position for you. The following channels and organizations may help:
The contacts of your institute or department: Many institutes have foreign contacts, which are free to use. More information on these are provided by the websites and message boards of the institutes, as well as the instructors, or even other, more senior students if you ask them for help.
Student Services Office: The job of the SSO is to help the students of Corvinus in any issue they may have. When searching for an internship position abroad do not hesitate to contact them, as they may give you enormous help with their up-to-date database and advice.
Search pages: There are several internet pages that help employers and interns in finding each other. Erasmusintern.org gives you positions in Erasmus+. The platform for positions within Europe is Europlacement.com, and outside Europe its counterpart is Globalplacement.com. Euractiv is another site to help you find positions in Europe.
Direct contact: This may sound a little scary at first, but you can contact the companies and organizations that you find interesting directly. Being pro-active often sparks interest and opens doors for you!
Student Organizations: Many student organizations offer international professional opportunities for their members. The most prominent is probably AIESEC, which places hundreds of Hungarian students and fresh graduates in positions abroad.