Management Internship Tips

Management internships are excellent career opportunities. They're extremely valuable in the early part of your management career, where you need credentials to progress. They are also demanding, with very high levels of expectation from internship providers. A management internship is in effect a management job, and you'll be expected to deliver a good performance. * Finding management internships*

Although internships are commonly available and easily found on job boards, the choice can be confusing. These are some of the more common sources for finding the right internship for your needs:

Internship specialists: Some companies specialize in management internships, working in conjunction with colleges and internship providers to offer a range of internships in various industries. The internships often have strict entry requirements for current alumni, including grade averages, campus endorsement, or a faculty sponsor.

Individual employers: Large well known companies often operate their own internship programs. These internships are extremely competitive. Industry leaders receive more internship applications than other employers, but they also provide top level internships, and their interns have excellent job prospects upon completion.

Important note: Not all internships are paid positions. This is at the discretion of the internship providers. You will need to organize your commitments beforehand, if you're looking at unpaid internships.

Interview practice and preparation

As a management intern candidate, you're expected to demonstrate superior skills. The best way to do this is to focus on an internship which relates to your strongest professional skills, where your performance will be good. This may involve a specialist internship, or a particular industry, so your preparation needs to be focused on the core skills in that area.

Preparation:

Research the internship. Find out in detail from the provider the essential elements in the internship. Revise and review your academic work and practical experience in these areas.

Research the internship provider. The more you know about the business, the more effective you can be in the position. The provider will also expect you to have a good working knowledge of current issues in the business, and a management perspective on those issues.

Practice questions:

The interview questions must focus on these areas:

  • Knowledge base

  • Communication

  • Technical expertise

  • Motivation

The employer needs to see quality and depth in interview answers:

Knowledge base: Use your research and revision to show a good working level of knowledge of the provider's business and the management role.

Communications: Communication is an essential job skill. During your interview you can expect your communications skills to be under close scrutiny. You need to be clear, fluent and articulate in your responses. If necessary, get interview training, to improve any deficiencies in this area.

Technical expertise: For specialized roles, you will need to show familiarity with these functions. It's advisable to provide documented evidence of good academic results in these fields.

Motivation: Internship providers look for exceptional, highly motivated candidates. You can expect to be asked about your career aspirations and goals. The intention of these questions is to match your motives with the internship. This is a good reason for going for the internships which match your strongest skills and talents.