It has been observed that quite a lot of junior (3rd year) students are unaware of their responsibilities to keep looking for internships, should I say learning opportunities within the industry. Many times, more than half of students are not even aware of opening of certain opportunities since their peers do not share the information with them (they are justified though, they all are in competition so you cannot expect them to let others take advantage). How do I trace out whether an opportunity exists or not ? Here I share few of them based on my little experience & observation:
– The first thing is you need to know the big names operating within Pakistan. You can learn about these companies via web, newspaper, international magazines like Forbes, Economist & check if that multinational operates in Pakistan or not. If they do, they always have a “Careers” button on their web page on which, there is always a “Students & Internships” or similar named section where you can fill out the basic information and apply
– Another way is to check out the alumni database if its public, to see where is the alumni working. Contact them & ask if an opportunity exists within their organization or not. One such example is EME Alumni Database at emealumni.com where you can see the names of organizations alumni is working for
– Several foreign universities offer internships. I saw one or two notices some time back and was surprised that little number of people noticed it. These universities offer a summer internship with some stipend in some laboratory (for engineering students) which is another good opportunity to make a case for admission later on for higher studies. However, this option can be expensive since the university wont fund your travel and the stipend might only be enough to cover basic things while abroad. You can check the websites of famous foreign universities in US,UK & Germany etc for such opportunities.
– For local industries, opportunities sometimes exist but are not announced openly. You may contact the HR office of such companies to know if they do offer internships at random or not. These internships, if discovered, can be done easily as there is little competition for such posts.