What was your mission during your internship?
I carried out a three-month internship at UNIDO where I worked in a research branch. During the first part of my internship, I had to compile a data set from several different sources. I was in charge of undertaking a literature review, which was carried out in order to select the papers they should use to complete the upcoming annual industrial report. Finally, I had to help perform an econometric analysis of a working paper they wanted to improve.
How did you use what your learnt at the TSE?
What I learned at TSE helped me in many ways. First of all, the theoretical skills we develop at TSE turned out to be invaluable when undertaking the literature review. Indeed, being able to understand what is at stake in a paper requires some specific math and econometric skills that we acquire at TSE. The classes we have on the software R could have been useful for the data management work they asked me to perform, but unfortunately they used another software. Finally, the official language was English, so the fact that our classes are in English did help me in this matter.
How did you get the internship, any advice for students wanting to find one in that field?
First of all, as trivial as it seems, applying early does increase your chances of getting in, as you have to compete with hundreds of applicants. Moreover, I would advise students to write quite specific cover letters in order not to make it seem that you wrote a general cover letter that you reused many times. In addition, I think recruiters in this field do care a lot about your language skills and also about your experience in international environments. So, do not forget to highlight them in your CV! Despite the rigid appearance of the application procedures, it may help you to contact people directly to show your interest on top of sending in the application.