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Finding an internship and how to succeed in being employed afterwards

Finding an internship and how to succeed in being employed afterwards

Algerian student Sohib Ider, studying Innovation, Knowledge and Entrepreneurial Dynamics, found an internship at NTU in Aalborg in the Fall of 2018. Sohib shares his experiences and some valuable pieces of advice.

"Being an international student, fluent in French and with a relevant extracurricular experience, gave me a serious advantage comparing to other applicants. Furthermore, a classmate was already a student worker there, so yes connections do give you a little push, so always maintain and expand your network. During my recruitment interview, I expressed my intention to have a permanent position, and articulated my will to learn and adapt to the environment. Career consultant Lotte Pedersen highlights the importance of doing research of the company before writing your application and going to the job interview. You will get credits for showing that you have done your homework when presenting yourself as being knowledgeable about the company, its products or services, as well as the career opportunities. The better prepared you are, the more probable it is that the company will recognize your enthusiasm, drive, motivation, maturity, and thoroughness.

Download this PowerPoint presentation to find inspiration on how to research on companies.

Showing growth and mastery in my internship

During my internship, I focused on learning beyond my given tasks, and to stay flexible. An important thing is to demonstrate growth and mastery, so yes versatility is good, but mastery and focus are essential too. And thus, I started by doing small administrative tasks, and then I moved to doing translations for important documents, like projects methodologies, and at the end of my internship I was selected by EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) as logistics assistant to coordinate events in Central Africa. At my evaluation meeting, my manager inquired about my professional intentions again, and of course I let them know that I am interested in a full-time position. Now I am a project consultant at NTU International, working in the project acquisition department, and taking interesting challenges in the field of International Development Projects."


How to continue your employment after the internship

Sohib says: “From my point of view, we (students) should remember that there are no “magic recipes”, or “do this and your position is guaranteed” solutions. From my humble experience, the process can be very “constructionistic”, meaning that as a job seeker you must adapt and constantly analyze the social and professional contexts you are in. I am saying this, as a student coming from an entirely different environment and social context.

During the phases of going to interviews, doing your internship and end of Internship, the student (job seeker) should be aware of the company’s needs, and how he/she as a candidate, fit or match them, professionally in terms of: skills, ambition, discipline or others. And socially in terms of: friendliness, humor, hobbies and overall interaction.

A very crucial detail is to talk to your recruitment manager and superior about the opportunity of staying at the company, making your intentions very clear. People in Denmark in general, tend to be very clear and straight to the point. You should know that as an intern, you represent a considerable investment to the firm, and if you give yourself the opportunity to become an asset, that brings more to the firm, why would they start over, and take the risk with a new one?

Lotte Pedersen confirms Sohib in terms of interns being a great asset to companies. Statistics show that about 25 % of interns will be employed afterwards at the same company.

Good luck in your internship!