Internships are a great method for advancing your skills in your field of interest while you're still in the early stages of your career. They offer young people the opportunity to find a career path and test their aptitude for the chosen type of work. Internships are generally not paid. It is extremely important to find the right internship in the field chosen in order for the relationship to be beneficial for both parties.
Up to several years ago, internships were not very common in Romania. Nowadays, a lot of the multinational corporations and a few Romanian companies organize internships for students or recent graduates. These may run during the summer, but also in the rest of the year.
Internships are generally not advertised in the press as job openings, though, and you have to be armed with patience in order to learn about them. Romanian universities do not organize student internships, but openings may be advertised in on-campus noticeboards and with student organizations. Another, perhaps more successful, way of securing an internship is by contacting directly the company you would like to work for and inquire about student internships.
If you are not currently based in Romania, the best way to secure and internship is through a company that would arrange it for you, or through an international internship program. For example,
There are online search engines to help you find an internship:
As mentioned earlier, the best way to encounter an internship is to contact directly your organizations of interest. Internships are also available at foreign embassies, at institutions such as the British Council or at international organizations such as the United Nations Development Programme.
Research your area of interest, compile a list of institutions or businesses, and inquire about available opportunities.
The importance of networking in finding an available internship in Romania cannot be stressed enough. Most of the positions are not advertised in the media or search engines. Ask your friends, family, or other contacts. Professional networking websites such as LinkedIn are a valuable resource, as are expat forums and groups.
Unless you are a citizen of the EU, EEA or Switzerland, you would need a visa in order to access an internship in Romania. Visas are should be obtained jointly with your host organization.
Refer to the section on "Passport and Visas" section for further details.
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