An internship in Belgium - your first step towards a cool career
Taking an internship is a smart way to start a long and promising career. It is a clever way of gaining relevant practical knowledge to the function of a business, and internships are also frequently identified as the best way to land a full-time job. Internships are a convenient way to test off different career paths, enabling a student to see which industry could be attractive to explore after graduation.
More than providing valuable and relevant experience, an internship extends your professional network, which may be one of the most valuable currencies in a modern working environment. The specific characteristics of internships, such as their duration, type, and whether or not there are paid, tend to vary. This is usually based on industry and/or company size.
Working and living in Belgium
Located in the west of the continent, Belgium offers internship opportunities as well as a truly European experience in many ways: Its capital Brussels is simultaneously the capital of the European Union (EU) and home to many EU institutions (such as the Parliament and the commission) as well as corporate subsidiaries.
Due to its strong ties into European politics, many internships in Belgium are found in public organisations. Job applications to the EU are via a so-called “concours” and are open to graduates from many different study backgrounds (competition is fierce, though!). Also, many private European corporations run offices in Brussels. Because of its central location, the country is also an important transportation hub on the continent.
The universities in Belgium offer their students a range of programmes that can help you start and advance your career in different ways. 1 of them, KU Leuven, is an active partner in the Graduateland Network.
Tip: Be aware that the requirements for job applications in Belgium may be different from what you are used to. So spend some time finding out what a standard Belgian CV looks like and how to formulate a cover letter for Belgian companies.
Also, prepare for the way that job interviews are usually conducted in Belgium.