Finding internship placements
Think carefully about where you want to do your internship and what you want to get out of it. Once you’ve worked this out, you can focus on looking for an internship. Current University of Antwerp students and alumni can consult the university’s vacancy database. Other relevant platforms are www.mijnstage.be or Graduateland. You can also contact organisations that interest you directly and enquire about available internships.
CV and cover letter
Once you've found an interesting organisation, put together a good CV and cover letter. The same rules apply here as to regular applications: tailor your CV and cover letter to the requirements of the internship. If you are not responding to a published vacancy, you can browse the vacancies of the organisation to get a better idea of the skills they require for different positions. You can use this information in your CV. As for your motivation letter, we advise you to make it as personal as possible. If you are applying for an internship spontaneously, look up who is responsible for recruitment and direct your letter to that person. Describe why you would fit into the organisation and how you could add value. Think about a good subject for your email. Not: “internship question", but rather “will this language specialist be your next intern behind the scenes at the VRT?". Have a look here for extra tips!
There are a few administrative issues that you’ll need to take into account. You can start certain internships during the waiting period in Belgium, provided that you remain available for work. Internships that last less than four weeks have no effect on your waiting period. You can also do a longer internship if you can demonstrate to the RVA that the internship increases your chances on the labour market. Internships that provide access to a profession (lawyer, notary and architect) cannot be combined with the waiting period. If your internship is not a prerequisite for obtaining a diploma, you are not entitled to receive child benefits during your internship period.