Berlin is fast becoming the tech hub of the world, perhaps having already taking the crown of ‘Europe’s leading tech city’ from London. Berlin is home to some huge online firms, as companies like SoundCloud, EyeEm and GetYourGuide were all born in the German capital.
This huge appetite for all things tech is a result of many factors, not least of all the cheap living and office costs, an influx of young talented and educated people, and governmental support. This means the city is constantly on the hunt for interns to fulfil roles in their company.
It’s a city with a great reputation globally for doing business, so working in Berlin is invaluable experience to anyone leaning towards a career in tech, but perhaps more alluringly it’s a great city to live in for young people. Its nightlife and vibrant culture are famous and as a result, thousands of young people make the journey to Europe’s fourth largest city to enhance their C.V and indulge in the cultural feast Berlin has on offer every year. Here’s a step-by-step guide to making that happen.
1. Create an Online C.V:
First things first, you have to sell yourself to employers. They are looking for enthusiastic and ambitious students to take internships at their company. Once you have written your C.V, make sure that you make it available on as many platforms as possible.
Utilise sites like LinkedIn and consider making your own webpage that you can link employers too. Try services from 1&1, for example, which can help especially help students in creative fields, such as writers or graphic designers. The internet is changing how people are recruited and you have to keep up with the pace. Make sure you get your C.V right and have a look at some advice here.
2. Save, Plan and Job Search:
Unfortunately most internships in Berlin are unpaid so you will have to do a bit of saving before you go. Rent and living costs are probably cheaper than where you stay now, and although some companies may give you something, it probably won’t be much.
Research the firms you want to work with and start applying. Some may be hesitant to accept you while you are still overseas, so you may have to take the plunge and go there with nothing sorted out. Which is risky, but if you are tenacious enough then it should pay off. You should also look on sites like Craigslist for room shares and have a place sorted for arriving. The housing market can be tough, but if you are flexible, it shouldn’t be a problem.
3. Just Do It:
Once you have your savings in check and you have somewhere fixed to stay, then you are good to go. Prepare for the rewards that will come from one of the best decisions you’ve ever made in your life!