Tips For Finding an International Business Internship
Posted by Olga at Going Global on September 15, 2009
Choosing an international business degree with the hopes of landing an international career after graduation is no longer a surefire action plan for students. With the current economic climate, being proactive before graduating and doing an international business internship is the best course of action. The only drawback is that a majority of internships abroad fall out of the private sector. No to fear. Business students are armed with all the necessary tools to get a business internship abroad.
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Business associations, particularly those who house international businesses or subsidiaries of an international business, are a great starting place for an international business internship. Both the U.S and Canada have chambers of commerce in many countries abroad and may offer internships in their own office or help to connect you with their members. Start searching at www.uschamber.com/international/directory or http://www.chamber.ca/index.php/en/about-us/C105/. Other groups that may be helpful are the International Chamber of Commerce, the Foreign Trade Association to name a few.
4. Utilize your college alumni network.
The alumni network is a powerful web of people that have already experienced where you are in your search for a business internship. They are eager to share job-hunting advice and their experiences leading to an international career. Quite often, the international alums may occupy positions of influence overseas and can facilitate an internship more quickly. The key as always when networking is to demonstrate your value, even though you may not have a long list of experience, through your humility and passion for the experience.
5. Find someone who has already done either an international business internship or had an international career.
Identify which professors, alumni or outside professionals would be good to have an informational interview. Start by speaking to the alumni office, the career center or the professors who teach international centric classes (i.e. foreign language, literature, music, etc).
6. Consider offering work unpaid.
In the recent e-book, “Recession-Proof Graduate” by Charlie Hoehn he emphasizes the advantages of offering unpaid work. According to Hoehn, unpaid work has the ability to “rapidly advance...