AIESEC Internships: 6 Countries You’ll Want To Work in

As a curious and proactive young person, you probably try to take advantage of every opportunity you find for your own personal development.

AIESEC has partnered with over 1300 companies around the world to bring you internship options abroad, and we successfully delivered about 6000 experiences just last year. Our goal is to develop leadership qualities, soft skills and hard skills in youth through practical experiences in challenging environments without losing the cross-cultural aspect that represents our organization.

There are many fields you can choose to intern in, such as Business Administration, Business Development, Marketing, Finance, IT, Engineering, among others – our experience managers will help you find the opportunity that best fits your profile, and will assist you throughout the whole process.

The durations vary and you can choose the one that you’re most interested in:

  • short-term internships last for 6 to 8 weeks and include either accommodation or a salary
  • medium to long-term internships last for 9 to 79 weeks (2 months to 1 year and a half) and a salary is always provided

As we’ve explained in one of our previous blog posts, AIESEC in Austria has established a few international partnerships that we particularly recommend.

Let’s take a look at a few of our open positions and learn where AIESEC can take you for a professional internship!

 

BELGIUM

Program Coordinator (The Synergist) – The company’s main role is to act as an incubator: they identify the right people and organizations, bring them together, provide overall strategic direction and coordination. In parallel they manage fundraising, communications and technical development. You will help ensuring planned activities run smoothly, on time and to a high-quality standard, including project management, solution development, meeting and logistics organization and partners and collaborators engagement.

Working hours: 9am – 5pm

Duration: 1 year

Compensation: 1300 EUR /month. Computer and transportation provided.

Community Management Coordinator (UCB) – The Global Medical Information team (7 people) is responsible for ensuring the overall Medical Information community across the company (about 100 people in global, regional and local roles) is enabled through technology, processes and organization. The Community Management Coordinator will closely collaborate with the Global Medical Information team, supporting Medical Information ways of working, communication/engagement, community building and capability development.

Working hours: 9am – 5pm

Duration: 1 year

Compensation: 1450 EUR /month. Computer provided.

 

GERMANY

Talent Management & Acquisition Project Support (DHL) – You will assist the CoE Talent Management/Acquisition, Certified L&D in diverse tasks. This role will provide effective Project and Program support to a number of CoE solutions including: DHL Supply Chain Talent Management Cycle, learning platform admin, Reporting/Controlling and PowerBI Dashboards. You will communicate with counterparts across the world.

Working hours: 9am – 5pm

Duration: 1 year

Compensation: 1655 EUR /month. Accommodation and computer provided.

Global Sales Training Coordinator (DHL) – The primary aim is to support and coordinate the development, roll-out and maintenance of the centralized sales training program (CIS Sales) to the entire DHL Express sales force in support of continuously improving sales force effectiveness across sales channels. Strong focus on creating return on learning and development investment.

Working hours: 9am – 5pm

Duration: 1 year

Compensation: 1600 EUR /month. Accommodation and computer provided.

 

ROMANIA

Marketing Trainee (Three Happy Brewers) – Worldwide flavors, passionately crafted in Bucharest. Beer is a craft that people have reinvented and personalized throughout the centuries and all over the world. This company aspires to become its ultimate craftsmen. The trainee has to devise promotional and branding strategies, optimize corporate communications, nurture client relationships, or manage products or brands. The trainee is an essential part of creating a forceful, immediately recognizable market identity.

Working hours: 9am – 5pm

Duration: 8 weeks

Compensation: Accommodation provided.

Back-end Developer (AIE) – This company has one clear goal: To bring a Data Science approach to the medical world. A back-end developer trainee is responsible for implementing new or extending existing API views with Python and R languages. Some of the trainee’s responsibilities will be: implementing new backend business logic, creating and updating unit tests, debugging potential problems to find solutions and adopting continuous integration techniques.

Working hours: 9am – 5pm

Duration: 8 weeks

Compensation: Accommodation provided.

 

POLAND

Front-end Engineer (Cobiro) – Cobiro is a fully automated machine learning platform helping companies to turn their website into high-quality Google & Facebook ads. They are looking for talented Angular developers who primarily want to learn and develop their skills by creating the highest quality solutions! You’ll learn about and apply domain modeling, advanced test automation techniques, advanced architectures of large applications and advanced techniques of angular components.

Working hours: 9am – 5pm

Duration: 3-6 months

Compensation: 5500 PLN or 1205 EUR /month. Computer provided.

Partner Coordinator (Handelot) – Handelot is the world’s leading professional trading floor for consumer electronics wholesalers with customers on every corner of the world. They offer a unique business trading platform to their partners where professionals can increase revenues safely with continuous personalized support, which the intern will provide. Ideal candidate will be dedicated, hard working, empathetic and a quick thinker, with great communication skills.

Working hours: 8am – 4pm

Duration: 6-18 months

Compensation: 3000 PLN or 657 EUR /month. Computer provided.

 

PORTUGAL

Digital Marketing Intern (Timescales) – Specialists in commercial relationships within the Iberian market. The team has extensive experience in retail business management and modern distribution. The intern will be responsible for the analysis, measurement and creation of strategies to increase traffic on the company website and for the development and management of digital campaigns on social media.

Working hours: 9am – 6pm

Duration: 8 weeks

Compensation: Accommodation, computer and 1 meal/day provided.

Sales Representative (Futah) – Futah uses their Atlantic inspiration to create unique garments and accessories with an innovative design and Portuguese soul. Your role will be to provide complete and appropriate solutions for each client in order to drive revenue growth, customer acquisition levels and profitability. Main responsibilities include managing partnerships and implementing sales strategies, in synergy with the marketing department.

Working hours: 10am – 7pm

Duration: 3 months

Compensation: Accommodation, computer and 1 meal/day provided.

 

CZECH REPUBLIC

Digitization Intern (Procter & Gamble) – This digitization internship is focused on converting paperwork into digital work. You will have the chance to work in a multinational company and collaborate on international projects. You will have the chance to try different roles and positions, and in the end, you will choose what you enjoy the most.

Working hours: 9am – 5pm

Duration: 6-18 months

Compensation: 37000 CZK or 1428 EUR /month. Accommodation and computer provided.

Marketing and Business Development Trainee (goNET) – goNET is one of the biggest internet companies in the country. As an intern you will use your communication skills, creativity, efficiency and proactivity – blend them together, and help them expand to Belgium! You will gain experience in an international, outgoing work environment in a successful company. This opportunity is exclusive to French proficient speakers.

Working hours: 8am – 4pm

Duration: 6-12 weeks

Compensation: 350 EUR /month. Accommodation provided.

 

You can find further details about eligibility, requirements, logistics, selection process and job description by clicking in each title. But you can also explore other countries and find more open positions here.

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Make It Happen

We all have hopes, dreams and goals that we want to achieve. We live our lives hoping and wishing that someday in the future these objectives will be accomplished. But instead of hoping we should be acting. Unfortunately, in our world, nothing is handed to you for free. You have to put in work to get some results. And the harder you work the better the results will be.

It was Jimmy Johnson who said, “the difference between the ordinary and the extraordinary is the little extra.”

Talents and potential enable you to achieve great things – but for most of us, these fail because of laziness or lack of perseverance.

Let me ask you a question. Do you think that right now you are doing everything you can, and working as hard as you can, to achieve the goals you have set for yourself? Can you honestly say that in 5 years, when you look back, you will say “If I could go back, I would do everything the same”?

I wish I could say that.

There are many great opportunities that life hands us but oftentimes we reject them because we are scared or too stubborn. From the day we are born, there is a path set out for us. But it’s okay to stray from that path, to gain new experiences, and to gain skills that could end up showing us the truth about ourselves.

If your dreams are of a great career, then you should do whatever you can to achieve those dreams. AIESEC offers to aid you in finding a professional, long-term internship abroad, through our Global Talent Program. Travel to another country, gain professional skills and make it happen!

 

Activate your professional life.

Activate Yourself.

Find out more about Global Talent here!

P.S. Our Christmas Sale ends today, so remember: If you sign up for an internship, and you go on exchange before the end of February 2017, you will receive a 20% discount on our exchange fee!

P.P.S. Once again, AIESEC in Austria wants to wish you a merry Christmas and happy holidays!

Activate your Leadership

AIESEC strives to develop leadership in young people. But what does that mean? What does it mean to be a leader? There are many definitions…

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” – Warren Bennis

“I know of no single formula for success. But over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration to work together.” – Queen Elizabeth II

“No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.” – Andrew Carnegie

Those are just some of many interpretations of leadership. That’s the thing: there is not one textbook definition. Leadership can mean engaging people to follow what you are doing, to inspire them to do things the way they think they’re right, to create a vision and make others see it etc.

Leadership is something you define for yourself. One thing that can be said is that having strong leadership skills can get you much further! AIESEC is centered around leadership. Both in our exchange programs as well as in our Membership program we are developing leadership by making young people solution oriented, helping them to empower others, guiding them towards self-awareness and assisting them towards becoming world citizens. Those are the 4 qualities that we believe make a great leader.

But it’s not just AIESEC that believes leadership is vital! According to NACE’s Job Outlook Survey, 80% of employers are looking for leadership experience on the resumes of potential employees.

One of our programs through which you can develop leadership is Global Talent – a long-term, professional internship experience.

Find more information about it here and activate your leadership. And don’t forget that we have our Christmas Sale until the 25th of December 2016 meaning if you apply until then and go abroad by the end of February, you get 20% off of our exchange fee.

If you never try, you’ll never know

Trying new things in life is scary. We love to say that we don’t have time, money or the possibilities to do something – but it’s all out of fear.

The thing we don’t realize is, that actually trying new things, putting yourself in a new environment and getting out of your comfort zone can be the most amazing experienceOne of the most popular things for us to do is to make excuses.

Don Wilder said, “Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure.”

Of course, some of us are lucky enough to have a life that is relatively okay – having enough money to survive, having friends and family that support you. But how do you know that there is not something else out there? Something more that you are missing out on because you’re afraid to take that one extra step and to take a risk.

If we look at successful people in history – they all had to take risks. Developing ideas that nobody else believed in or going to places they didn’t know. Without those risks, they wouldn’t have achieved anything. Looking at more recent history, would Bill Gates be as successful as he is now if he hadn’t dropped out of Harvard to found Microsoft? Would J.K. Rowling be as accomplished as she is now if she hadn’t believed in her stories, even after countless rejections from different publishers?

The answer is short and simple: NO.

Every successful person in history had to take a risk at some point – to stop making excuses and just jump into the cold water. Of course, you never know if it will pay off – but if you don’t try you will never know. In AIESEC we try to encourage that kind of thinking.

Our exchange programs give you great opportunities both for personal and for professional development. But it can be scary to go abroad to a new country and work there for a certain amount of time. However, instead of making excuses, just try it and we are sure you will have an amazing experience and you will activate yourself in the process.

With our Global Talent program you can go abroad for a longer period of time and work as an intern in a company.

Find out more about Global Talent here.

Go Further

Have you ever noticed the “Go Further” in the corner of each of our Facebook posts? Or on our website pages? Ever wondered what it means?

“If you aren’t moving forward, you’re falling behind”

In AIESEC in Austria, we want to encourage young people to go further. Further than their regular studies or jobs, further than where their comfort zones end, and indeed, to go further than the borders of their country. Only then, they can grow. We want to empower young people to develop their self-awareness, solution orientation, and world citizenship, and then, in turn, to go even further, and empower others to do the same.

AIESEC offers a platform for young people to do just this. Through each of our exchanges and team experiences, we give young people practical experience in challenging environments, and with this, the chance to explore their own potential and develop leadership qualities in themselves and others. And it all starts with the conscious choice to go further.

Be it through a volunteer experience, through a professional internship or through a startup experience abroad, challenge yourself to go further than the minimum, and to develop yourself a little every day.

You can start right now, with a Global Entrepreneur experience in a startup abroad!

Importance of continuous personal development

Many young people who are willing to do an internship abroad have a natural desire to learn. Sometimes it is not obligatory for them to do an internship, however they really want to do it because of many great benefits and also to develop themselves. Besides various advantages of an internship, this personal desire for continuous self development is also important for the working life of young people. But why is being eager to develop oneself so essential for a company?

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People who seek for continuous personal development are a big factor of human capital for a company. They can be an inspiration for other employees and their aspirations and dreams can be cost saving, time saving and much more for a company.

Motivated people can fight obstacles much easier than people who aren’t. They are willing to learn from their mistakes, take the responsibility and the possibility to gain new experience. This is a characteristic which is very important for every employee of a company. In realizing your weaknesses, you can also fix them quicker.

Furthermore, self-confidence is another characteristic that usually comes with continuous personal development. Being confident is a significant attribute for employees which helps them to work independently and is also helpful for decision-making. Being self-confident increases the performance of employees and is supportive for achieving goals. Moreover, self-confident people can motivate others with their positive attitude and they are able to create an improved working climate. Further on, they are more relaxed when meeting new people and are not dependent on judgments of others.

Due to this various characteristics that come along with continuous personal development it is essential to have motivated people in your company. Young people are eager to learn continuously and are because of that and many other reasons a huge enrichment for your company.

 

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ON INTERNSHIPS – THE STRUGGLE IS REAL

There comes that time in a student’s life when he or she gets closer to the ‘real world’ – more responsibilities, more decisions, more burden. One of those burdens is linked to one’s vocation. In this respect deciding on an internship becomes a crucial step at the beginning of the career. Does the field of work fit? Will the time I spend help me in the future? – These struggles appear without doubts at some point. But during that particular time, AIESEC wants to help the youth spread its wings.

In order to support the future generations, AIESEC steps in with an exclusive project called Global Talent. From UK to China or Mexico, this internship program has been making the bond between companies and students from all over the world for a long time now and is always ready for more.

Such an experience assures not only professional development, but also, more important, personal development. While out of their comfort zone, people tend to realize more about the world and about themselves and what they really want in life.

Throughout our life the learning never stops. What is important, though, is that we learn the right things. Here are some of the interns’ thoughts about their experience throughout the program:

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Magdalena Grasser

 

UK – Alpha Card Compact Media

“Considering my professional development it was a very important step in my career. I got valuable insights into working in a professional environment, working independently and into customer relationships. And it made me think about what I want to do in my future life.”

 

Bianca Bauer

 

Mexico – Bosch

Project Mobile Migration – IT department

“I definitely enhanced my Spanish, I learned that there is a big difference in the working culture, although it was the same company. I learned how project management is done in Mexico and how the meeting culture is different.”

 

“It was one of my best experiences of my life. Every young people should really make this experience and work abroad. You can learn so much, which can help you for your whole lifetime in your private as well as professional life.”

Birgit Hoheneder Dublin/Ireland

Hertz European Service Center – Call Center Agent


“As for me it was really difficult to find a suitable internship for my studies I decided to go with AIESEC as they supported and helped me from the first moment on. My expectations as whole were completely met, speaking of the whole experience.”office-594132_960_720

Rus Diana Elena

Xi´an – China, Days Hotel & Suites Xinxing – GRO (Guest relations officer)
“I was always interested in different cultures, to meet new people, to live in different countries and to see different places. These are the main reasons why I decided to take this internship.

I am completely satisfied with all the time spent in China. I enjoyed every day.”

“I would take part again and again and again at any other internship. No matter where it is.”

 

Taking an internship could be an important first step in anyone`s career. For that simple reason, taking an internship abroad makes this first important step even more significant. Shannon L. Alder once said “The only real conflict you will ever have in your life wont be with others, but with yourself.” First, you need to figure yourself out, and then everything will become easier. That is why AIESEC puts forward the program Global Talent.

 

Take the chance – get a grip on your compass and turn this first step into a solid foundation of your future.

 

Author: Ioana Voineag