We have been hosting European interns for the last few months and have found them a great asset to the business. Â Here is a summary of what we have learned so far.
UK vs. European interns
We have had UK interns and we have had interns from the EU. Â Sorry, fellow countrymen, but give me one of our continental brothers or sisters any day, they are much more committed. Â I think it is for the following reasons:
- Many business students in Europe have to do one or more internships in order to pass their degree. Â If they don’t finish the internship, they won’t pass
- As they are travelling abroad, they can’t just give up and go home easily. Â There is more buy in.
- If you are a foreign student there are other factors involved in doing an internship other than work experience e.g. learning a language and experiencing a new culture
Length of internship
3 months is really the minimum term for a internship. Â Not only does the intern have to settle in, but it is much more difficult to sort out accommodation for shorter periods.
How to find interns
There are two ways to find interns, directly and through an agency.
It is perfectly possible to find interns directly and we have had the most success from the following services
- www.globalplacement.com. Â To advertise on this site costs 350 Euros a year or there abouts. Â Generates lots of enquiries
- www.studentjob.co.uk. Â Mainly UK applicants but some international
- Club Teli. Â Mainly French applicants
Though some agencies charge an arm and a leg to find you an intern, many will find them for free and charge the student. Â We don’t pay agencies. Â The agencies we have used with success are:
Other agencies include: