Sail Away on an Internship

May 18th, 2015 by Pearson

If you’ve got some spare time on your hands, you may as well make the most of it with an internship that correlates with your studies. This may seem like finding a needle in a haystack, but not if you know where to go. Let’s have a look at some top sites that will educate you further:

Pre-hunt Preparation
Before you cast your reel into the proverbial abyss of the internet, there are a few things that you should already have in hand, namely:
• Your Curriculum Vitae – aka the CV. This is a two-page document (max) that is supposed to represent you to your potential employer. It should include your personal details, education information and work experience. If you don’t have one, make one! There are several templates available online which are easy to complete.
• Work visa or permits – If you are a foreigner studying in South Africa, you’ll require one of these in order to apply for a job. If they don’t ask for it, then you probably wouldn’t want to work there.
• Some sort of career path – A good starting point when looking for internships is to know what field you would like to enter. Remember, internships are not about the money, but rather about the learning experience as a whole.
• Knowing your financial situation – There is a very good chance that your internship may not be paid. You need to understand that, and establish whether you are in a position to not earn money for a while.

Good Places to Start
If you just want to browse the interwebs to survey your options, here are a few good starting points:
• www.careersportal.co.za
• www.careers24.com
• www.indeed.co.za
• www.careerjet.co.za
• www.puffandpass.co.za (that’s not even a joke)

Exact Searches
Major companies will sometimes have their own internship programmes. If you have your heart set on a certain organisation, you should browse their website or email them directly to see if they’ll take you on. You have nothing to lose, and they might fancy your determination.
Some major organisations with their own internship programmes include:
• Allan Gray – https://careers.allangray.co.za/pages/internship-programme.aspx
• Quirk – http://www.quirk.biz/careers
• Media24 – http://www.media24.com/work-for-us.html

Gaining work experience while you study shows great dedication and looks fantastic on your CV. Always try and make a good impression, you might not get that dream internship, but the trick is to just keep on trucking. It’s hard out there, so good luck!