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Letter of motivation

What is the best way to structure my application letter? What belongs where?

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Interview with company

How does the interview work? What clothes should I wear? What questions do I need to prepare for?

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Our webinar

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The letter of motivation

A cover letter for an internship abroad should highlight your enthusiasm for the opportunity to work abroad, as well as your skills and experience. Here is a possible structure that you can use as a checklist:

  • Introduce yourself briefly.

  • State the sector you are interested in and the period for which you would like to complete the internship.

  • Explain why you are interested in the internship abroad.

  • Describe your personal reasons for applying for the internship abroad.

  • Explain what personal goals you are pursuing with the internship abroad and why you think this experience is important.

  • Highlight relevant experience, skills and qualifications that qualify you for the internship.

  • Use specific examples from your CV or academic career to support your skills.

  • Explain how the internship abroad fits into your long-term professional or academic goals.

  • Describe what experience or skills you would like to gain from the internship abroad and how these will help you in your future career.

  • Summarize your motivation once again and express your interest in the position in area XY.

  • Thank them for the opportunity to apply and express your hope for a positive response.

  • Use clear and precise language.

  • Be positive and confident, but avoid exaggerations or phrases that could sound too general.

  • Pay attention to spelling and grammar.

  • Check your letter of motivation carefully for errors and inconsistencies.

  • Ideally, have someone else proofread it to make sure it is clear and understandable.

Good to know:

Remember that we at SGA will also look through your documents again and give you feedback.

Feel free to contact us if anything is unclear.

Once our local coordinators have found a suitable company, an interview is usually arranged via video call. Here are a few tips on how to prepare for this interview.

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Interview with company

An online job interview abroad requires special preparation to ensure that you make a positive impression and present your skills and qualifications appropriately. Here are some tips to help you do this:

  • Make sure that your internet connection is stable and that you have the necessary technology (webcam, microphone, etc.).

  • Test the video and audio quality as well as the functionality of the platform used (e.g. Zoom, Skype, etc.) in advance.

  • Download any necessary software or apps and update them if necessary.

  • Choose a quiet and well-lit place for the interview to minimize distractions and make a professional impression.

  • Make sure the background is neat and neutral. Avoid inappropriate or distracting elements in the background.

  • Dress appropriately and professionally, as if you were going to a personal interview.

  • Make sure you look well-groomed and avoid excessive jewelry or flashy accessories.

  • Prepare yourself for typical questions that might be asked during the interview, both about your professional background and your personal qualities and skills.

  • Think about how you can present your experience and skills in relation to the requirements of the position abroad.

  • Make sure you speak clearly and distinctly. Speak slowly and clearly, especially if it is an international connection.

  • Pay attention to your body language. Sit up straight and look into the camera to make eye contact and give a professional impression.

  • Prepare some questions that you can ask at the end of the interview to show your interest in the position and the company.

  • For example, ask about the next steps in the application process or details about the company culture and working environment.

  • During the interview, take notes of important points or information that will be discussed during the interview.

  • Keep relevant documents such as your CV, work samples or certificates to hand in case they are needed.

  • Thank them politely for the interview and confirm your interest in the position and the company.

Good to know:

By following these tips and preparing well for your online job interview abroad, you can ensure that you make a positive impression and increase your chances of a successful application.

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Webinar with application tips

Once a month, we organize a webinar with our applicants where we discuss our application tips in detail. We also take the opportunity to answer any unanswered questions about the application process.

Next date: 29.05.2024 at 15.00!

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