Internships are an excellent tool for advancing your skills in a field of interest. These positions help young adults find a career path, test their aptitude for certain kinds of work, and further develop their resume or CV. Internships are almost always unpaid as the intern is gaining skills and experience. It is critical to find the right match so that the relationship is beneficial to both intern and company. Full time students have the easiest time finding internships because of their age, lack of real life skills, amount of free time, and education.
To secure an internship aboard, it is usually necessary to find a company that sets-up the internship. Internships are commonly set-up through a university for its students. Some agencies require a fee to secure a placement.
Newspapers post job offers (Stellenmarkt - offres d'emploi) in their classifieds section. Most are posted on daily newspapers (Wednesdays & weekends) and specialized trade magazines and journals.
If you know anyone in Switzerland - get in touch! It's not necessarily what you know, but who you know. Friends and family, or any contact you have in your desired business may know of a position. There are also professional social networks which allow for people to make business contacts. You may also use EasyExpat's forums to meet other people living and working in Switzerland and make business contacts.
If hired through an agency, the agency usually guides the intern through the process. Most interns receive a Student Visa. For more information on visa, consult the section on Passport and visas.
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