Here’s is how many applications I sent to find a Summer Internship

Simplicity

Simplicity

IESE has a portal where the careers services post all kind of internship positions available. The portal is great to find opportunities and I believe most of the students find a job through there. I definitely got most of my interviews from there.

My own Network

I reached out to a maximum of people, sometimes passively like when I sent an automated message to my entire LinkedIn network. I definitely got positive responses, but not really in jobs that were super appealing to me. When I reached out directly and asked for a meeting or a call to discuss summer opportunities, it fell short.

RelishCareers & MBA-exchange

I subscribed to these internship platforms. Most of them lead to nothing. These portals are really focused on U.S. jobs and if you don’t have US working permit, it’s basically useless. Also, they don’t update their website that often so interesting jobs ads are usually quite old.

Career Forums and Events

The career forum did not really work for me. The October one is really early and most companies come to hire second years for a full-time job. It’s still super interesting to go as your favourite companies come and explain their culture and some cool stuff they are working on. I did make some interesting connections, but really not that many. I think the Startup career fair in May was much more interesting. I managed to get squeezed in an on campus interview with Klarna, but they weren’t really hiring interns, another miss.

The Action

I used Trello to keep track of my applications. I made “TO DO”, “APPLIED”, “INTERVIEWING”, “REJECTED” and “OFFER’ columns. The tool was really helpful to make sure I could send update requests to recruiters, I also used to gather websites and relevant information per company.

Waïna Landauro is driven to work for good, using technology through business. IESE MBA class of 2020, Google internship summer 2019, & startup adviser for ASICS

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