AUB staff and students discuss the internship process for European Union in Action program.
“I want to know where I’m going to intern before I get to Brussels so I can research the organization I will be working with.”
Due to the competitiveness of the internship process in Brussels, AU Abroad cannot tell you who you will be interning for prior to arriving in Brussels. Instead, upon arrival, you will be provided with your interview schedule for multiple potential internship opportunities. You will not know which internship you will be offered until after you have interviewed. The organizations select the best candidate from the students they interviewed. Therefore, whether or not you secure a particular internship depends upon how you perform in the interviews, and your internship placement will not be known until after this interview process is completed.
“How do I write a resume?”
We recommend that you visit your university’s career center for guidance about creating a resume. However, here are some tips:
Remember that you have only 60 seconds (the average time taken to read a resume) to get your qualifications across on paper. Since this is the only information that the internship organizations will receive about you, spend some time developing it!
Use A4 paper size, which is the European norm. (Go to File, Page Set-Up, Paper Size, and then select A4. Do not use letter size paper.)
Proofread your resume. You will loose the interview if you haven’t been concerned enough to check for misspelled words.
For an internship in Brussels, your educational experience and what you know is more important than your previous employment experience in America.
Therefore, make sure that your resume includes the following information:
Your name, address, phone number and E-mail address.
The name of your university, location of university, degree (B.A., B.S, etc.), major, GPA, and anticipated graduation date.
Your educational qualifications. Link your educational experience to the first four internship preferences you listed on the internship questionnaire. That is, if you are interested in EU affairs, list any courses, honors or awards you received that are relevant to EU affairs.
Your previous internship experiences. Include the names of the organizations, locations, dates, and describe what you did. Again, link any relevant experience to the first four internship preferences that you listed on your questionnaire.
Your skills. Be sure to include any computer and language skills that you possess, as well as any other that are relevant to your internship interests.
"How should I dress for my internship?"
The environment of each internship organization is unique. However, in almost all professional organizations like EU consultancies, corporations, law firms, think tanks, etc. business casual is unknown. So, men should wear a coat and tie and women should wear professional business attire. However, be prepared for the fact that there are exceptions to this rule, particularly in the NGO sector. Since you will not know where you will intern until after the interviews, be prepared for anything. Moreover, even if you do not need professional attire for your internship, you will be required to dress up for some of our classes, institution visits, and guest speakers. Therefore, bring professional business attire.