The quest for an internship abroad – a tale of perseverance


Once upon a time, in a land far, far away a group of youngsters faced an exciting challenge. “Thou shall find an eligible internship abroad before the clock strikes 12 on the 20th of November.”

From April till June the MGM students have the choice to do an in company project in Belgium or do an internship abroad. Since we’re studying global management, a whole lot of us would love to exchange the boring Belgian suburbs for an exciting opportunity abroad.

However, this is easier said than done. Finding an interesting internship has proven to be very time- and energy-consuming. I don’t think I can keep track of the amount of cover letters I wrote and the number of applications I sent out.

Checking my emails has evolved from a daily routine to real a tic nerveux: I literally open my inbox every five seconds. ‘Woah, one new email! Would it? Could it? Aaaaah, let’s check! – Oh, it’s Sofie from Zalando telling me that there’s 20% off the party dresses. Just great.’

A whole lot of the literary delights I sent out remained unanswered. When a company was so kind to get back to me, their reply would often contain the words ‘unfortunately’ and ‘goodluck’. As you can imagine this can be disappointing from time to time. Especially when you keep the empending deadline in mind.

However good things never come easy. According to our old chap Seneca it’s a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness (Yes, I randomly pulled this inspirational quote of the internet #deep).

My fellow classmates can happily confirm this cliché. Certain people already succeeded in getting an internship in Germany, maybe China and even in the sunny Dubai (can we all visit you Dennis, pretty please?). Their effort really paid off. Congratulations, well done guys!

So dear MGMers, hang in there. Good things, as in internships, are coming our way!

– Octavia –