Regardless of how hard you study, nothing can prepare you for the realities of the professional world like a job can. Before going point-blank into a 9 to 5 profession, it’s wise to test the waters first. And the best way to do that is by applying for an internship. Some of the biggest corporations in the world will pay for these positions, while others will only pay for your expenses.
1. The World Bank
Although they have a few internship positions abroad, you might need to go to Washington, D.C., to become part of their team. It depends on what type of internships they have available.
- Internship sectors: human development, finance, economics, private sector development.
- What they say: “To be eligible for the internship, candidates must possess an undergraduate degree and already be enrolled in a full-time graduate study program (pursuing a Master’s degree or PhD with plans to return to school in a full-time capacity). Generally, successful candidates have completed their first year of graduate studies or are already into their PhD programs.”
From summer undergraduates to PhD students, Google welcomes all of them. The good news is that they have offices in every corner of the world, so you might work in America, Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa, Latin America.
- Internship sectors: technology, product management.
- What they say: “Our interns are a part of Google – involved and solving problems from the start. With internships across the globe, ranging from Software Engineering to User Experience, we offer many opportunities to grow with us.”
3. J.P. Morgan
Having clients in more than 100 countries, JP Morgan organises numerous programs for full-time undergraduates, graduates, PhD graduates everywhere from the Americas to Europe, India, South Africa.
- Internship sectors: human resources, sales and trading, investment banking, asset management, operations.
- What they say: “Thanks to our global reach, we can help you get where you want to go. Whether you sharpen your skills or gain something new, you’ll have experience that will give you the flexibility to move to another division or country if you choose to.”
This humongous company offers hundreds of opportunities for young, ambitious people, putting at their disposal contracts of up to three years long.
- Internship sectors: marketing, IT, human resources, finance.
- What they say: “This 3-year Graduate Programme is designed to prepare Unilever’s Future Leaders (UFL) by giving them challenging jobs/roles that prepare them for business leadership roles. The Programme encompasses rotations within and across functions in an accelerated learning environment. This includes international stints, extended leadership contact, formal training and professional development.”
Usually starting in November, internships at H&M need to be submitted before this date. They are paid and are a good opportunity to get to know the people from within the industry you want to get into.
- Internship sectors: engineering, business, fashion.
- What they say: “From the Head Office in Stockholm, H&M run a Summer internship program with the purpose of finding talents for different parts of our fast expanding organization both in Sweden and around the world. The internship is designed to give you an understanding of our core business and to start building a network within our organization. You will get a mentor that will introduce you to H&M and your role, you will attend several seminars held by our leaders and work as a Sales Advisor in our stores.“
Among other renowned companies you should take into consideration when applying for an internship are Apple, Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle, IBM, Twitter, Yahoo and Intel. Apart from a great name on your CV, a memorable experience and skills acquired, you will find yourself inundated with amazing job offers from the company itself or other influential corporations.