A salesman internship includes the main missions associated with the trade. Under the supervision of the store manager or a manager, the trainee can work on a variety of assignments. In fact, it is mainly the size of the structure and the products sold that will define its scope of responsibilities. In a department store, the seller is specialized on a particular department, in a smaller shop, it can be more versatile. A internship sale is of extreme importance if you are a business/sales students, it allows you to practice what you have learned.
The tasks of an intern in sales
Here are the different tasks that a sales consultant can perform:
- Make sure the department is stocked.
- Check the correct arrangement of the items.
- Preserve cleanliness of the shelf.
- Warmly welcome customers.
- Offer advice to customers as well as alternatives.
- Track the level of stocks.
The internship in sales abroad can interest many students.
First, business students are the most concerned. High schools offering BTS sales to business schools, training is varied. In general, it will rather attract students in first or second year who prepare for more or less long studies. It allows to have a first experience in business while practicing English.
Nevertheless, applied foreign languages students (LEA), communication, marketing … can apply for this type of internship in first year. Indeed, it does not ask too much technical skills, it can be seen as a good language course. Contacts in foreign languages are daily and this is the best way to progress.
Similarly, engineering students who must complete a work placement. This will allow them to practice their business sense and their foreign languages. In addition, most stores can accept short internships of about two months.
Qualities & Skills
Despite the fact that this internship does not require a strong technical background, it is not accessible to all. Some skills are essential for your application to be selected.
For example, your presentation and speech should be neat. We must indeed be smiling and welcome customers as warmly as possible, no matter what day of the week or time of day. Clients, sometimes picky, must benefit from an adapted and personalized service. Your patience is also important. It is often said that a satisfied customer is a customer who returns: it is up to you to build customer loyalty to boost the sales of your store. Obviously, for all this, you must be able to speak in public. If shyness is your main character trait, the internship is surely not for you.
Even if the purpose of this course is to progress in English, you must already present good knowledge. Indeed, the contacts between the seller and his customers are daily.
Finally, if you really want to make the difference, having a prior knowledge of the products that the store sells can be decisive. You can put forward your personal and professional experiences to show it. If this is not the case, you can compensate by saying that you are curious for example.
Local language (if necessary)
Developed skills during an internship abroad in sales
You will discover the sales process and even the invoicing, the collection and the keeping of the accounts. On the other hand, you will be able to take part in the inventory management and why at the order taking. Mastering these tasks, specific to all businesses, can serve you in your future experiences.
The internship being abroad, you will have the opportunity to progress in languages. English, Spanish, German … everything will depend on your destination. Today, it is important to master English fluently, or even a second living language. Working in a team and in contact with customers will allow you to exchange regularly with international contacts. In total immersion, your oral fluency should evolve rapidly. Of course, it will also allow you to add another facet to your resume. Companies are becoming more international and their targets are from all walks of life. Even in France, it is an essential skill in the job market.
Finally, you will be able to develop a whole range of transversal skills for your professional success. Adaptability because you will evolve in a country where the culture and the working methods are different. But also the customer relationship, commercial sense, organization … to name a few. All these values will be useful to you in the future, both professionally and personally.
Go now on our sales opportunities page to search for an internship in sales !
- Our shop assistant internships are available all year long. You can be in the end of your studies, in a gap year or in-between two academic years. We can find what you’re looking for!
- It is better to apply about 2 months before the start of your internship. The idea is to have as many internship options and destinations to your disposal as possible.
- Most of our sales internships are available from 2 months onwards.
This is just general information and trends, the best in order to have a full feedback on what you are looking for, is to contact one of our advisors via: [email protected]