Why do an internship?
Representing a perfect chance to put academic theory into working practice, an internship not only serves as a vital link between academic study and the labour market, it is also the perfect opportunity to better come to grips with your talents, skills and abilities and to explore the practical value of your university education. Internships offer many other advantages, including:
- Invaluable practical experience. Gained, for instance, from taking part in an actual selection procedure or the daily operations of a company or organization.
- Increased appeal of your CV. Previous working experience is a great way to draw the eye of prospective employers.
- Better employment prospects. After graduation, many students work for their former internship provider.
- New networking contacts. These will benefit you both during your studies and after graduation.
Forms of internship
A wide range of internships are possible. The most common of which are:
- Work internship. The focus lies on gaining practical professional experience. For example a French student who is given the opportunity to complete several assignments for an embassy.
- Research internship. The focus lies on actually conducting scientific research often at a scientific/research institute of a foreign university, for example, but also at a commercial enterprise or cultural institution or other type of institute. For example a history student who conducts a literature study about the Golden Age on behalf of a museum.