Business School Internships Helped Us Land Jobs In Green Growth Consulting & Marketing—Here’s How

An internship during business school allows you to explore a new industry, build your network and skills in a real-world setting, and connect with top employers.

According to one to learn70% of employers end up offering their interns a full-time job, and 80% of those interns accept.

Internships are integrated into the curriculum of the specialized master’s degree programs at ESCP Business School.

Each business master’s degree at ESCP, covering subjects such as communication, project management, digital transformation and more, requires a minimum of four months of professional internship for all students.

BusinessBecause spoke to two graduates of ESCP Business School – from the MSc in Energy Management and the MSc in Marketing and Creativity— to find out how their internships at a business school helped them find a full-time job after graduation.


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

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

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

I have encountered many graduate programs focused on the technical/engineering side of energy technologies, but having an engineering background, I wanted to broaden my field of work and gain managerial knowledge and skills.

I chose ESCP because of its mobility between two major European cities [London and Paris] and the obligation to do an internship that I felt would help me position myself professionally after my Masters.

How did you secure your business school internship?

I received support from the school’s Career Center, including a CV review, interview training and guidance on where to focus my search. I also received support from our program manager and our academic director, who were in constant contact with me and helped me as best they could.

What stands out from your internship experience at the business school?

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

One of the main highlights of the internship was my internship with the Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, from whom I learned a lot and which pushed me to be creative.

How did you get your full-time job offer?

As my internship was coming to an end, my manager mentioned that the office I work in needed the support of a consultant and that my team recommended I fill this position.

How else have you benefited from your MSc in Energy Management at ESCP?

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

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

I’ve also had many networking opportunities with alumni and attended events at various universities in London, which helped me visualize the opportunities after completing my Masters.


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

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Giri hails from Chennai, India, but after a successful business school internship at Publicis Groupe, he shifted his career to Europe, where he now works as Chief of Staff for global account management at healthcare company Sanofi.

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

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

MMK served me that on a platter: with a London/Paris setup that valued prior knowledge, they offered timely courses in data and creative analytics alongside traditional marketing education.

How did you secure your business school internship?

The careers departments in London and Paris helped me connect my previous experiences to the type of roles I wanted to move into. As I had previously only worked in client-side marketing, they gave me a better understanding of how agencies and holdings work and helped me customize my CV to allow me to apply to them.

I then reached out to MMK alumni to understand and learn from their experiences and sent out several applications to learn from the rejections where I needed to improve. My internship interview at Publicis came about thanks to an ESCP alumna working on a different team.

What stands out from your internship experience at the business school?

Healthcare was an industry I had no experience in, but I accepted this position because I was working with the account’s top executive and it gave me unparalleled insight into various facets of the agency.

It was also a situation in the right place at the right time as healthcare would become the most important industry in the world in a matter of weeks with the outbreak of COVID. I was part of a lean six-person team spread across Europe and the US who had to fire on all guns from the start to deliver value and scale.

How did you come to be offered a full-time position at Publicis Groupe?

Back in March 2020, COVID had forced companies into a no-hire zone and the team didn’t have a full-time position available to move into.

It still didn’t stop me from doing my best because I was working with very experienced people in C-suite and management and the work I did for them was incredibly interesting and valuable.

As a result, I was able to show what I could bring to the company at the highest levels of management, who valued my potential over my experience.

I was also very fortunate to find an incredible boss who fought to keep me on the team and curated me into a full-time position as Chief of Staff – happiness is an aspect not often talked about, but I wouldn’t be here without it it.

How else have you benefited from your MSc in Marketing & Creativity at ESCP?

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

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

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