Internships are temporary jobs that provide real professional experience for university students. They allow students to be involved in the work of an already established organisation, company, project, or NGO, and are crucial to developing the skills and knowledge vital for success after graduation. Internships provide students with their first real-life professional experiences and prepare them for a world that is often not exactly like they were taught at university.
It is highly recommended you take on as many internships or volunteer activities as possible during the course of your studies. Students without internships often have a very hard time starting their professional careers. Internship placements can be at:
- Companies, from start-ups to big multinational corporations, such as Airbnb, Lufthansa, Coca-Cola, Apple, Red Bull, Shell, P&G, Facebook, and Nestle
- International organizations such as FIFA, the UN, the World Economic Forum, UNICEF, the World Bank, and the International Olympic Committee
- Non-profits such as Human Rights Watch, Greenpeace, and Transparency International