The internship. No it is not a movie or a scary 10 letter word – it is the key to the start of a successful career. As welcome as the upcoming winter break is going to be, it is important to gain some invaluable work experience that you can add to your CV because let’s be honest, experience is what all employers seek.
Here are our tips for how to go about looking for an internship:
Approach the company or business directly
Go about this like James Bond would. Google the company and go through the website to see if they offer any internships and get the deeds. If there are no details about internships, the company or business should have an address where you can send an email to and enquire about spending a week or two shadowing an employee and learning the ropes in the industry. When doing this keep your email short and sweet and to the point.
Also mention that you expect no remuneration or stipend but just really want to learn about the industry.
If it is meant to be the relevant business or company will get in touch with you and you will be able to get a foot in the door of your chosen career field. The key to note here is to search for companies or businesses in your area because this will lower your travel costs and other expenses.
Yes, people still do their advertising in printed papers. There are local business that offer holiday work for students and no I am not talking about promoting products in the supermarket. Think reception, administration and yes grunt work. If President Zumas son can start on the shop floor so can you.
When you are hitting wall after wall try and use LinkedIn to find employees of a company that you would like to intern for. Send a message to them introducing yourself and explaining your reason for contact. More often than not you will not receive a reply but hey trying is freeJOther websites including www.puffandpass.co.zaandwww.internships-sa.co.zawill also give you an inkling of direction in your search for an internship placement.
Visit the business or company
Maybe your message went to their spam folder and showing your face will prove to the company that you are not a troll but an actual person.
Not only as a last resort but also because you will gain invaluable experience in the non-profit industry that will stand you in good stead when you enter the job market.