Internship 101: How to Get One

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How can I get an internship? This is indeed the question on many young students’ mind. Even if you have not graduated, an internship allows you to understand an industry or a field of work, which would help you design your career path.

1/ Find your goal:

Why are you interning? What is your career goal? Which industries interest you? Would you prefer your internship to be paid, or be reimbursed in some other ways?

2/ Improve your job-hunting skills:

With the growing trend in early career preparation, the competition for landing an internship is fierce. So bring your A-game, polish your cover letters and resume, and improve your interview skills.

3/ Find more job-seeking platforms:

Apart from major job-seeking platforms, there are many other ways to find internship opportunities.

1. School Career Advisory Centres

One simple way is to set up an meeting with your school career advisors, they would love to assist you in finding a good internship match. You can also apply for existing internships through them. Normally, school career centres are connected with employers and alumni. So you can definitely find plenty opportunities there.

2. LinkedIn

LinkedIn is both a job-searching site and a networking platform. Simply input keywords such as “internship”, or, if you want to be more specific, “finance intern”, you will find a sea of opportunities with well-known corporates and established businesses. You can also choose job location, who says you have to confine yourself to Hong Kong! Don’t forget to utilise your LinkedIn connections and directly message people to see if their company is hiring.

3. Create your own opportunity

If there is a company you have been eyeing on, visit their websites to see if there are any internship programmes. If not, be proactive and write them an email to introduce yourself and let them know you are interested in interning there.

4. Utilise existing network

Statistics show that about 45% of students landed an internship through their personal network. Don’t be shy, reach out to people in your network, including your mentor, seniors in your department, family, friends, or even alumni. Let them know you are looking for an internship, just like you would if you were hoping to find a job.

An internship should be a positive and fruitful experience. Pay attention to whether it is paid, unpaid, or subsidised. If it is credit-bearing, you may need to spare more time for application and other procedures, as these opportunities tend to come with more constrains and take longer to process.

If you don’t have a clear career goal, fear not! Take this time to engage in various internships, and find your way in the process. The more you learn about yourself, the clearer your future path would be.

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