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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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Our Global Approach to Entrepreneurship

As we go into our 7th batch of Empower Austria, I thought I would commemorate it by taking you through the essence and motive of our project. Empower Austria was born in September 2016. It was designed to meet the short time skill requirement needs of Austrian Start-ups and to bring in young internationals and their perspectives into the local Start-up scene. By the end of the Summer, we would have brought 150 interns to over 100 Start-ups. In three years, we have had the opportunity to partner up with multiple excelerators, start-up platforms and even create our own entrepreneurship kit in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation. (UNIDO)

 

Empower Austria is our project based on AIESEC’s product shaped for the entrepreneurial scene, Global Entrepreneur. Global Entrepreneur was created in 2015 to cater to Start-ups and young aspiring entrepreneurs all over the world. We aim to cater to Start-ups by bringing aspiring international entrepreneurs to your venture whilst we offer these young individuals the opportunity to internationally develop themselves and their career. 

 

Our global value proposition for businesses is to ultimately to bridge the gap between an expensive and globalised company. We aim to solve this gap by helping you acquire bright minds from all over the world with our processes it would be as easy if not easier than hiring locally and all of this at an affordable price tailored for the Start-up scene. These passionate interns are carefully handpicked to not only contribute, but also learn from your venture. With Global Entrepreneur, we seek to help globalise your Start-up and customer bases grow to exceed borders and languages. 

 

As for the interns themselves, we promote this opportunity to be able to dip their toes into their aspiring career and for them to understand the behind the scenes of a fully functioning Start-up. In all our products, AIESEC for youth focus on leadership development and creating opportunities for young people to step out of their comfort zone. These interns actively apply for these projects as an opportunity to extend their horizon culturally, personally and professionally. 

 

On this note, we invite you to be part of inspiring and being inspired by the entrepreneurs tomorrow. We invite you to be part of a movement that is beyond borders and to boost your venture at the same time. Our project is tailored for a Start-ups just like yours. What are you waiting for? Sign up here.

How to avoid recruitment challenges in 2019

The start of the 4th Industrial Revolution calls for a globalised workforce to fuel proper training and research to create new technologies and innovations at a faster pace than ever before. This unleashes a global competition of young talents as start-ups endeavour to innovate the next ‘big thing’. With little resources, time and often an exorbitant amount of work, recruiting can seem like a big burden and challenge to your start-up. In this post, I would like to point out the top four common recruitment challenges and talk about how to overcome them.

 

Lack of time and HR experience

The most common start-up struggle is the lack of time you have to not only carry out your day-today routine tasks like your services or product development, but also to cater to the small things that will make your business grow – like recruitment as this involves creating attention for the job opening, answering all enquiries, pre-screening, interviewing and ultimately choosing the perfect person for the job. That’s another thing, the lack of recruiting experience. As a young start-up how do you know who is truly the right person for you with similar values, vision and can keep up with the vigorous speed of your growing business.

How can you combat this? The important thing here is time management and efficiency. Scouting for the right person needs as to be attended to by using online channels, getting external help or even word of mouth within the internal start-up bubble. You have the whole “start-up” world to your disposal!

 

Unknown Start-up

As a birthing start-up, it is impossible to have much of a reputation. But presence is important, people want to know that they are contributing to something bigger especially when the nature of a 21st century start-up is more outcome/problem solving/efficiency enhancing based than it is luxury based. So be present as much as possible, online and on ground. Be present at meet ups, be present in different online entrepreneurship groups, make a name for yourself and meet people in different branches in the start-up scene – you might just find the assistance you are looking for.

 

Limited budget

Let’s be honest, one of the key three struggles a start-up faces are its finances, time and human capacity. But similar to my previous point, it’s time to whip your PR skills. With an incredibly close knit community, you’d be surprised how fast the word can spread like wildfire across the community! Think of perhaps getting a young intern that is eager to learn and experience the entrepreneurial lifestyle who is just as skilled and committed as a graduate. The good thing is that with short term programmes international students may be able to intern in your start-ups during their break which can give your business some exposure to the international consumer market.

 

Formalities

As fancy as hiring an international may sound, it also comes with a lot of formalities. The EU has made things easier for hiring on a continental scope, but formalities go beyond visas. There are contracts that need to be signed, insurance that need to be settled, if we talk about freshly graduated international students it would seem necessary to find them a place to stay or at least assist in house hunting. There is an entire list that goes beyond ‘just hiring’. Again, get help. There are a couple of organisations that assist with these formalities and some even take care of the whole recruitment process for you. For more check out Empower Austria, which will run again for the 6th time this Summer.  

 

The important thing to remember is that you are not alone. With the booming start-up market, I’m sure that you can find someone to talk to regarding your problem and the amazing thing about this tight knit community is that it allows you to share your experiences and give advice to each other. Also there are so many institutions that cater to young start-ups, do some research and I assure you, you will find the right person for your start-up!