Most career advisers and students seem to agree. Doing an internship during your studies is one of the most effective ways to secure a job you will like. Especially if you want to change your career significantly in terms of industry or function, there is almost no way around it.
IE is aware of the importance of internships. This is why they strongly encourage students to integrate some practical learning in their curriculum. For the April intake the first pieces of information have just been published on Campus Online including an internship guide. A good reason to have a look at it.
All intakes are provided with the formal guidelines on how to apply for an internship almost 6 months ahead of the deadline. In addition, implications on electives as well as the required deliverable, mainly an internship report, are explained in detail. Curious students may also already find information on evaluation criteria and grading, although this should probably not be your main concern.
Even more interestingly, the CMC has compiled two Internship Experience Guides (Vol.1 & Vol.2) full with examples of IE students who recently did an internship. For various countries, companies and positions you will find a brief summary on the responsibilities of the student during the assignment and how he or she managed to get the internship. If you are interested in any of those positions, you might have just come your goal a big step closer! Because the best part of these guides is that you will find the email addresses of the respective students in there.
Finally, in these guides, students also share some tips with us. Browsing through them, you will get their main messages quickly: “internships are key“, “start early”, “be proactive/ take initiative”.