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Business school internships have helped us land jobs in green growth consulting and marketing – here’s how

By doing an internship in a business school, you can explore a new industry, develop your network and your skills in a real environment and connect with the best employers.

According to one study, 70% of employers end up making a full-time job offer to their interns, and 80% of those interns accept.

In ESCP Business School’s specialized masters, internships are integrated into the curriculum.

Covering topics such as communication, project management, digital transformation, etc., each Master of Commerce at ESCP requires a professional internship of at least four months for all students.

BusinessBecause spoke to two recent ESCP Business School graduates – MSc in Energy Management and MSc in Marketing and Creativity – to find out how their business school internships helped them land full-time jobs. full after graduation.


Cristina Villaaveces, ESCP MSc in Energy Management to Green Growth Consultant

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Before enrolling in a master’s degree at ESCP, Cristina worked as an environmental engineer in Colombia. Despite the pandemic, ESCP helped her land a business school internship with the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), and she now works for them as a program development consultant in Mexico City.

Why did you choose to do an MSc in Energy Management at ESCP?

I came across many graduate programs focusing on the technical/engineering side of energy technologies, but since I have an engineering background, I was looking to broaden my scope of work and gain management knowledge and skills .

I chose ESCP for its mobility between two major European cities [London and Paris] and the obligation to do an internship, which, in my opinion, would help me position myself professionally after my master’s degree.

How did you secure your internship in a business school?

I received support from the school’s career center, including resume review, interview training, and a guide on where to focus my research. I also received support from our Program Manager and Academic Director who were in constant contact with me and helped me in any way possible.

What stands out from your internship experience in a business school?

During my internship, I was responsible for conducting research and developing profiles for the countries the organization wanted to establish relationships with. I also helped develop funding proposals by researching key sectors, project interventions and country context.

One of the main highlights of the internship was that I did an internship for the Latin America and Caribbean Regional Director from whom I learned a lot and who pushed me to be creative.

How did your full-time job offer come about?

At the end of my internship, my supervisor mentioned to me that the office I worked with required the support of a consultant and that my team had recommended that I fill this position.

What other benefits did you derive from your MSc in Energy Management at ESCP?

I certainly wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t pursued my MSc in Energy Management at ESCP because the knowledge and skills I acquired helped me get there. where I am now.

The MSc gave me the opportunity to take part in an Energy Trading Challenge in which we competed as a team against other universities, which was a unique opportunity to experience what a trader does in their daily life.

I also had many networking opportunities with former students and participated in events at different universities in London, which helped me visualize what the possibilities were after completing my Masters.


Giri Venkatraman | ESCP MSc in Marketing & Creativity towards a career at Publicis Groupe

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Giri is originally from Chennai, India, but moved his career to Europe after a successful business school internship with Publicis Groupe, where he now works as Chief of Staff to the Global Client Manager for the healthcare company Sanofi.

Why did you choose to do an MSc in Marketing and Creativity (MMK) at ESCP?

I wanted to study in Europe in a course that would take into account my professional experience and help me reorient myself towards the creative side of business in Europe.

MMK served this to me on a plate: with a London/Paris setup that valued previous experience, it offered timely courses in data and creative analytics alongside traditional marketing training.

How did you secure your internship in a business school?

The careers departments in London and Paris helped me marry my previous experience with the kind of roles I wanted to move into. Since I had only worked in client-side marketing before, they gave me a better understanding of how agencies and holding groups work and helped me tailor my CV to apply for them.

I then reached out to MMK alumni to understand and learn from their experiences and sent in several applications, learning from rejections where I needed to improve. My internship interview at Publicis came about thanks to a former ESCP, who worked in another team.

What stands out from your internship experience in a business school?

Healthcare was a sector in which I had no experience, but I accepted this role because I worked with the head of the account and it gave me unprecedented visibility on several facets of the agency.

It was also a right place at the right time situation, as healthcare was going to be the biggest industry in the world in a matter of weeks with the outbreak of COVID. I was part of a small team of six spread across Europe and the US and had to pull full throttle from the start to deliver value and scale.

How did your full-time job offer at Publicis Groupe come about?

In March 2020, COVID had forced companies into a no-hire zone, and there were no full-time positions available on the team for me to transition.

That didn’t stop me from doing my best anyway, because I was working with some extremely experienced people in the C-suite and management, and the work I was doing for them was incredibly interesting and valuable.

Consequently, I was able to show what I could bring to the company at the highest levels of management, who judged my potential more than my experience.

I was also very lucky to find an amazing boss who fought to keep me on the team and gave me a full-time chief of staff position – luck is an aspect that is not talked about often, but I wouldn’t be here without it.

What other benefits did you derive from your MSc in Marketing & Creativity at ESCP?

I certainly don’t think I would be here without ESCP. The course gave me the right balance between what marketing is today and a support system through its alumni network that would help me move forward.

For someone like me who comes from a poorer country with less access to the things I was taught here, it was more than just empowerment – it’s that permission you give yourself to achieve more than you thought you could. It’s a powerful feeling, and one that can completely change your outlook on life.

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