How I landed a top internship, with nothing but GUTS!
We are almost at this time of the year. When all the students start attending to conferences usually called “Jobs/internship/Opportunities”, and finally wake up early in the morning, even on sundays, to shoot emails to companies, and start applying.
Internships are part of the academic years of students, and are sometimes their very first professional experience, except for those who have already had a student job, or worked as a freelancer for instance.
Who hasn’t dreamed of strolling along Manhattan, on the way to work?
We all know how tough it is for students to get a top internship, especially when you are considering working abroad.
Back in 2014, when I was a third year student in a Parisian business school, I also had to find a six-month internship, and just like everyone, all I wanted was to travel!
Manhattan, Fifth av, Times Square, Soho were the key words whenever I had to add filters to research engines for internship opportunities.
After extensive research and applications, I noticed that most successful applicants were students who pulled strings. This was the tipping point, the moment when I figured out that I had to get a different approach.
A dinner and bravery can get you anywhere…
It all took a different angle when I was having dinner at XXX, a hotel in Paris.
At the end of the meal, while I was walking back from the restroom, I overheard a gentleman speaking with other people. It seemed to be a business dinner, when all of a sudden, I heard:
“I am leaving back tomorrow, I need to take care of a few things for our opening, on Times Square, as many clients will be staying at our hotel”.
At this moment, I understood that the gentleman was a managing director who leads hotel branches across the world, currently assessing the service of one of them.
I kept an eye on him, knowing that this person could be my opportunity to intern at a famous hotel company in New York. A few minutes later I saw him leaving the table. Assuming that he was going to the restrooms, I simply followed him, and stood in front of the restrooms entrance for a few minutes, and waited for him.
When he stepped out, I knew I had nothing to lose, and decided to interrupt him and start a conversation.
I introduced myself, told him about my studies and competencies, and how I’d love to intern in such a firm.
He seemed very surprised, but told me about how he liked my enthusiasm, my motivation and the effort I made. He handed me his business card, and asked me to shoot him an email.
The very next day, on May 14th, I sent him my resume and a cover letter.
I went through some regular H.R motivational and technical questions.
Two and a half months later, I was starting my first day as a finance intern at a famous luxury hotel on Times Square.
And guess what? I was living on the 7th av, which actually forced me to stroll along Manhattan as a commute to work…
Even though such services were not available, it is now possible for you to build a network, work with companies across the world, and get paid as a student, via Unilance.
Never be afraid
“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. if you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” — Nora Roberts.
C.E.O & Co-founder @ Unilance