Find an internship
As a graduate student, you can participate in one project-oriented internship during your education. The possibilities are described in your study regulation, and it is a good idea to plan your internship very early.
The transition from study to the labor market can be difficult. This is partly since there are many applicants and partly due to a lack of knowledge of the job market. Advantageously, you can therefore prepare yourself by doing a project-oriented internship, and through this gain an insight into the labor market and at the same time strengthen your CV.
Encouraged or unsolicited
There are basically two ways you can find an internship. The classic and most used method is to find and search for an internship at the job bank. However, you can also be more proactively and apply unsolicited. To apply unsolicited requires more work from you as a student, but it can turn into an exciting course if you prepare the framework around the process.
Many students find their internship through a job bank. Typically, this is easier because the company has written a job add you can relate to. At the same time, the framework around the internship will typically be in place because the company is prepared. However, keep in mind that the posting does not always describe what the company are looking for in an intern. Therefore, it is still important that you research the company so you can target your application.
An obvious advantage of applying unsolicited is that you do not compete against others. But it also requires that you are aware on what you can offer and what the company should offer you in return in an internship. Therefore, it becomes even more important that you do a thorough research about the company before you send your application. At the same time, you should consider how and who you contact at the company. In other words, there are some steps you need to take yourself that the company would normally have taken for you.
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