Any opportunity to integrate a career-related experience into an academic journey is a win situation. And in today’s highly competitive job market, employers expect to see a minimum of one internship on a student’s resume by graduation.
Choosing a good internship will help not only excelling in career but also get references for further growth. This might be an extra advantage that matches with company requirements during the recruitment interview or even the business school entrance interview. Here are the main benefits of doing an internship early on.
Internship for a Hands On Approach
Gaining a professional experience early on is necessary to put into practice all the concepts and lessons learned in the classroom. Receiving a valuable real world work experience in a professional job setting will further clarify the theories. Not only that, but by doing an internship, students will strengthen the knowledge of their academic program through a direct application of the concepts and ultimately gain a real experience.
Exploring the Sector
By starting to work in the field of study, students will get the chance to explore a specific job area to see if it meets their long-term goals, as well as sample different working environments and settings to further explore their major, especially since an internship will clarify whether the actual work matches their expectations or not.
Students will also develop a great deal of self-confidence and independence that will prepare them for their future careers. Working as an intern usually means a certain lack of experience but that shouldn’t stop anyone from getting a head start. A major part of having an internship is learning more about the field and about personal strengths and weaknesses to be able to work on improving them.
Internships are a great way to gain hands-on, professional experience that will be valuable during your job search. It will also boost the resume when showing it to future employers, which highlights developed as a result of the internship. The internship phase, complemented by the academic learnings, will add a competitive edge to the resume and make students more hireable.
An internship will allow students to meet new people and practice networking skills while establishing a network of professional contacts, mentors, and references that can be of great use later on in their career path.
In fact, all EMLV business school programmes are accompanied by internships to help students adapt to the business world.
- For the Grande Ecole Programme internships: the 5-year degree ensures that students spend a lot of time in companies, both in France and abroad. Throughout their degree, students undertake 3 work placements, 2 of which are for long durations. Students also complete a Junior Consulting Project in relation with a company.
- For the MBA and MSc Programmes: students can choose between a dissertation or a 6 months internship after their second semester.
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