I study industrial design in the Netherlands and are in the middle of finding/coming up with a good idea for my graduation project. For this last project of my studies, i prefer a subject which has not onely my professional, but also my personal interest. This means i have to come up with a good idea for a project myself. This is not the biggest challenge however. The tough thing here is to arrange an internship at a company that’s suitable for this particular project. I already did an internship (at a small design studio), but i would like another one to give this project more practical value and to gain some more experience “in the field”.
So the big question here is: how to get my proposal to the right person within a certain company. For the internship i already did, i emailed the studio, which got me invited for a chat at the studio, which in turn led to me getting the internship. But here i’m talking about BIG companies. And I know that the bigger the company, the more unlikely my proposal gets to the right person. It probably won’t be read at all… So, should i call, should i email adding a link to a portfolio website, should I…
Opinions on this matter would be very welcome.