Internship and job opportunities

Advice on Career Fair

Landing an internship can be a daunting task, but with the right preparation and mindset, anyone can make it happen

Full Name: Gabriella Pinto 
Home country: Italy 
Previous studies: Bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics at the University of Rome, Tor Vergata
Current study programme at BI: MSc in Sustainable Finance

I am thankful to BI for all the job opportunities that it offers to students. 

When I first started studying at BI, I started looking for an internship and I managed to find one thanks to the support of this school. Indeed, BI organizes two Career Fairs that gave me the opportunity to approach the company where I am going to start working this summer. Also, thanks to the career counselling, I could practice before the job interview and to help me obtain the job. Landing an internship can be a daunting task, but with the right preparation and mindset, anyone can make it happen. 

I thought about some useful tips that I followed and that helped me in getting the internship.

Do your research

First things first, I did a lot of research. I took time to investigate the companies that were offering internship positions at the career fair, and I tried to figure out which ones aligned with my goals and interests. This way I found out about some companies where I decided to apply.

LinkedIn is Important

Next up, I made my LinkedIn profile look better since most of the recruiters often use the platform to find and screen potential candidates. I took a professional picture, fixed my headline stating my career aspirations, and edited my summary highlights, my skills and experiences. Once your LinkedIn profile is in good shape, be sure to share it with the recruiters you meet at the career fair. Then, after talking with the recruiters of the company that I was interested in, I wrote a thank-you message on LinkedIn to remind them who I was and asked them additional questions that I thought of after the fair to show them that I was serious about securing that internship.

Career Fair at BI

Plan ahead

Luckily the career fair is not the only chance students have to find an internship. Planning is a good idea to secure a summer internship in Norway. Many companies open their internship positions a year in advance, that’s why this year I am planning to start my research early to get more chances of finding a good spot. 

Make it happen

In the meanwhile, I’ll start working this summer just after the end of school. I am extremely excited about this opportunity since it’s the first time I will work for a big company. My job, which will consist of analysing ESG data and providing sustainability recommendations, will give me the chance to put into practice what I have been learning during these years.

Students at the career fair at BI

In conclusion, looking for a job in Norway could be a long process but with the school’s support, following these tips, and the right preparation and mindset, any good student can make it happen!