5 Tips to help you get an internship
Getting an internship in the field you are interested in can be a strenuous task. There are many steps to follow and depending on which company you are applying to; it can be challenging at times.
I see it as a process, which generally contains two elements: ‘try and fail’. And as the saying goes, ‘try and fail, but don’t fail to try.’ It’s true that it’s much easier to get an internship in Denmark when you speak Danish, but even if you don’t, it’s not an impossible task to achieve.
And if you don’t get the internship, each application you send and interview you go to, will help you to get more experience.
Luckily, the number of companies that hire English-speaking students in Denmark is growing.
Without further adieu 5 Tips to help you get an internship :)
Do your research on the company
If you want to stand out from thousands of other applications, you’ll need to say something different. To do this, it’s important to spend some time reading and finding out what the company does, what are their values, etc. A good way to do this, is by checking out their website, social media profiles and if you have the opportunity to talk with someone who works in the company, don’t hesitate to do it!
Use your connections
Don’t underestimate the power of your connections. You never know if someone in your network, works in a company that needs someone with your skills.
You can also post on LinkedIn or Facebook about how you are looking for an internship. Don’t forget to specify what your skills are and what type of internship you’re looking for. Up to 80% of all jobs in Denmark are filled through connections, so it is worth it to give it a try.
Rehearse for the job Interview
There are plenty of websites where you can find the most asked questions during job interviews.
Ask a friend to help you to practice for the interview, so you will feel more confident and less stressed when the real interview takes place.
Take care of your social media profiles
It may sound irrelevant, but it’s not. It’s quite normal that people (a.k.a. employers) search for your name, and it is important to keep a clean and professional image. Delete any photo that can look unprofessional or make sure to set your profiles to ‘private’. Also, make sure that your LinkedIn profile match with the CV you sent.
Always follow up
A serious company will always reply to all applications. If not to offer an interview, simply to thank you for your time and let you know that you were not selected.
However, it you don’t get any answer within the normal time, it doesn’t hurt to follow up and you can show your proactive attitude, which is a great skill.
These advices are based on my personal experience, some research and experience of others. I hope it helps you, and best of luck with the internship of your dreams!
By keeping these tips in mind, up to date, I have finished my internship (and got hired!) at HelloSkin, which is part of LeoInnovation LAB and it’s an awesome place to work!