Companies line up to speak to students about internships and job opportunities
150 students and 50 companies speed dated for internships and jobs at Business Academy Aarhus.
21-year-old Adam Vigh clutches an assortment of business cards and job advertisements. The trip around the various companies has given him more than just several email addresses to potential employers. It has also made him wiser on what he should write in his internship applications.
‘I have spoken with 5-6 companies, who I will apply for an internship with. It is nice to meet companies for an informal talk on my home ground. The concept is a very good initiative. Now I have already managed to create a relationship with some of the people that I will send an application to. It facilitates the entire application process,’ says Adam Vigh, who is an international Marketing Management student from Hungary.
Prelude to the spring's internship hunt
‘Company Days’ are held several times a year to help kickstart the internship search for third semester students who need a three-five month internship in the spring. An internship is compulsory for all the Academy’s full-time programmes.
The event this time was especially targeted at Danish and international students from our Marketing Management programme and our International Sales and Marketing Management bachelor’s programme.
Companies on the waiting list
This year, there has been a lot of interest. The concept is a good window for companies to ‘dress-up’ for interns and future employees, says Senior Lecturer Birgitte Nygaard Alexandersen from Business Academy Aarhus.
‘Last year, 42 companies participated – this year we are up to 50, which is more than ever. Due to the overwhelming interest, we have had to limit potential companies and have therefore created a waiting list, which already has 12 companies, for the next time.’
Shops and hotel chains
The companies are of different sizes and come from different industries. Among those participating are DBU Jutland, Scandic Bygholm Park, Reshopper, Cult, furniture company Woud, Netbooster, Kamstrup A/S, retail chain Normal, Comwell Aarhus, ‘the world’s-most-travelled-hotdog-stand’ and Carlo Gavazzi.
At one of the booths, Concept Manager Ulrik Torp Kvistgaard from the business community OfficeLab in Lystrup is interested. He has already met several young people, whom he would like to offer an internship position.
‘We need one or more interns who can work with sales campaigns, events and marketing. We would like to get our hands on the knowledge the students have. They come with the latest knowledge and this is worth gold for a busy company like ours,’ he says, and adds ‘now, I am looking forward to opening my inbox tomorrow and seeing how many applications and CVs I have recieved.’
New speed dating in March
On 31 March, the Company Days concept will be repeated – this time with 50 new companies for students of Multimedia Design, Digital Concept Development and Web development.