Challenging internship abroad as International Recruiter at YoungCapital in Amsterdam

Getting practical experience and meeting people from all over the world: His internship as International Recruiter at the personnel service provider YoungCapital in Amsterdam was a huge success for Sen Lukas Tiel (B.Sc. Media and Business Psychology). Here he shares his experiences and reveals how his internship helped him in his career planning.

[Translate to englisch:] Sen Lukas Tiel studies media and business psychology at Campus Berlin.

Sen Lukas Tiel studies media and business psychology at Campus Berlin.

At which company and in which department did you do your internship?

I did my internship as an International Recruiter in the Multilingual Team at YoungCapital.

How did you like it? Would you recommend it to other HMKW students?

Very good! The team is super open-minded and international, there are lots of company events and a high level of responsibility/tasks for interns - definitely a recommendation, and they are also constantly looking for interns.

What was the biggest challenge during your internship abroad?

Mostly the organizational stuff: finding accommodation in advance, registering on site or moving from Berlin.


Please tell us more about your areas of work: What were your main tasks during your internship? What content from your studies was reflected in your work or helped you in particular?

As an intern, I had the same tasks in 360° Recruiting as my full-time colleagues. This included the acquisition of new clients (researching leads, making contact, presenting YoungCapital), organizing projects (drawing up contracts with clients, writing job advertisements), the actual recruiting (screening calls, interviews with applicants, selection and presentation to clients) and, in the case of projects involving temporary employment, administrative HR tasks for my fellow-employees (drawing up employment contracts, salary administration and contact person in the event of problems). If necessary, headhunting or social media is added, if the perfect candidates are not yet among them. Maintaining the client relationship (regular updates and client meetings on site or online) was also part of the job.

I was able to bring in experience from my studies in personnel selection, especially in conducting screenings and interviews. In addition, but this is less related to the tasks, I was able to observe a lot about the learned leadership styles from A&O Psychology. On our team, we got a new manager who did some things differently.

Did the internship help you in terms of your career aspirations and future plans?

Yes, but: As much fun as I had in the internship and with my applicants, I still know now that the HR field is less interesting for me - and that has been a big help for me. I've noticed that I'm more interested in analytical tasks and enjoy solving problems. But I still don't know what that means for my future plans.

What advice would you give to other HMKW students for their internship/time abroad?

Not everything can be planned in advance. Sometimes you have to be on site to be able to arrange things and a lot of things only come up once you have made the first contacts. This may be difficult for some people, because they like to plan and want to know what's coming up. But you have to be relaxed about it. Nevertheless, it is of course wise to inform yourself well in advance and to do everything you can beforehand (e.g. make necessary appointments with the city administration, etc.). General recommendation, however, to go abroad! It really helps you in your personal development and at the same time you make a cool experience with new people.