Tracking International Trends In Internships

February 16, 2012 at 8:00 am | Posted in Intern Advice | 1 Comment
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Coach Susan Sandberg

Susan Sandberg

Even the internship world is global in 2012. This year, encourage your students to think internationally about their futures. One way to broaden their horizons is to point out all the changes going on worldwide in internship trends. Consider sending email blasts to students on a regular basis to educate them about the positive developments concerning internships.

The following news items might stimulate conversations with your colleagues as well as prospective interns:

  • New internship rules:  England’s Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says 100 companies have agreed to new rules for internships in a bid to tackle the “who you know” culture he admits he benefited from, according to Sky News. Supermarkets including Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury’s; banks including Barclays, HSBC and Santander; and other well-known brands including Coca Cola, Nestle, BP and Shell are taking part. They have pledged to advertise internships fairly instead of relying on networks of contacts. Mr. Clegg told Sky News he was “delighted” so many firms have agreed to sign up as he believes it could improve social mobility.
  • Government initiatives:   The Irish government has pledged to provide up to 200 internships through the Government’s JobBridge initiative,  initially offering 126 such posts through its JobBridge internship scheme, with 13 people already engaged with the initiative and more vacancies planned. JobBridge is a new national scheme that will enable organisations to provide unemployed individuals with work experience placements for a six- or nine-month period. Among the internships are games development administration assistant and coordinator positions at county, club and second and third level.
  • International student-run organizations:  Denver University’s chapter of AIESEC, which started at DU last fall, sent nine of its members to a national conference in San Francisco over winter break to work with other AIESEC members from around the country. AIESEC, which does not stand for anything, is an international student-run organization that promotes internships abroad and works to provide local students with internship opportunities abroad as well as to connect international students with students in Denver. The conference was the largest conference in AIESEC U.S. history, with over 400 people attending from all over the U.S. and the world.
  • Global fashion internships:  Fashion Future has announced the first winner of its new international mentoring initiative, with another nine internships to be claimed within the next two weeks. As reported previously on, the International Mentor Program launched this year and offers 20 global fashion opportunities across New York, London, Milan and Paris, to those in Australia who work within the fashion industry. Included in the program are 10 international internships at brands such as Balenciaga, Christian Dior, Diane Von Furstenberg, Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Herve Leger, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tom Ford and Viktor & Rolf. Internships are for a minimum of three months.

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