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CEMS Prague Internship buddy February 2012!!

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Introduction The CEMS Club Prague is happy to introduce to you the first edition of the CEMS Internship Buddy. It is an information guide that gathers and passes on the knowledge from CEMSies that have already done their internship to those of you who are in search and preparation for it. The main ambition of the CEMS Internship Buddy is to benefit from information we all have in the CEMS network, so that each one of us can make a better decision and choose the internship that will fulfill one’s expectations. Also we want you to find an inspiration here about the positions, companies and places that you would not otherwise consider. On the following pages you will find examples of particular internships which are divided into the categories Business Development, Consulting, Finance and Marketing. Moreover, the Internship Buddy provides you with the information about the administrative requirements that CEMS internships must comply with and also the advice about the financial support that you may apply for. We truly hope you will find this reading helpful, inspiring and enjoyable and we are looking forward to your feedback. Yours, CEMS Club Prague

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Overview of internships The first edition of the Internship Buddy gathers data from 24 CEMSies as well as information about administrative requirements and financial support for your Internships. Of course, we areOf course, we are hoping to expand this guide so in case you would like to help us, do not hesitate to contact us and provide the information about your experience as an intern. The experiences are summed up in 4 parts: 1.

Basic information such as name of the company, location, contact person and position

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Evaluation •

We asked students to evaluate their responsibilities, working environment, learning opportunities, remuneration and company premises or location on a scale from 1 to 5 (5 is the highest)

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In the overview, 10 opened questions were asked so that you can form a better idea about the admission process, what tasks might you been given, responsibilities and overall impression of the internship

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At the end, CEMSies were asked to provide some extra information such as housing tips or cultural tips for the location of their internships

If you think these information might be helpful, do not hesitate and download the full version on our website! On the following pages, you will find information from 24 CEMSies who have already done their internships. It is a pool of important and useful data for anyone who is looking for their internship.


BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT INTERNSHIPS

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT INTERNSHIPS

Competitive Market Intelligence Deutsche Telekom

Evaluation

Ivan PolĂĄk

Extras

Basic Information

Sector: Telco Duration: 6 months Location: Bonn Paid internship

Work

4

People

4

Learning

5

Remuneration

4

Location

3

Where did you find the internship?

I received the job offer from another CEMS intern in the company. All internships can be found online at www.telekom.com, in the Careers section. Many offers require German language skills, only some are available in English. Usually, many interns work at the company headquarters.

How long in advance did you apply?

I applied about 6 months in advance. A minimum of 2 months is needed for the HR department to finalize the hiring process of a new employee.

How did you prepare for the interviews?

I studied some documents about the telecommunications industry and about the company itself – what is the current development, markets they focus on.

How does the selection process look like?

After sending my CV and cover letter, I was selected for a phone interview. Afterwards, I was asked to complete a short case study.

Does the employer cover the interview/travel expenses

No costs were related with my interview.

What were your typical job responsibilities?

We researched current developments in the industry, compared the performance of Telekom with that of the main competitors, and monitored market trends. Most projects in the department were done in small teams, so I usually collaborated with another colleague. I mostly worked on analyzing telecommunications markets of various European countries. Then I contributed to various ad-hoc tasks that were required by other units within the organization.

Was it a valuable experience?

I learned most during the first 3 months of my internship and got really interesting insights into the industry. The second half of my internship was more about delivering work and less about learning.

What did you enjoy the most/did not like?

What I liked most was my team, which was very young and international. Unfortunately, the company environment and the city did not feel so international, and I felt a bit limited because I did not speak German. For an intern with German knowledge, the environment would be much more enjoyable.

Would you recommend this internship to other CEMSies?

It is certainly an interesting place to get to know about the functioning of a large corporation and to gain valuable insights into the dynamics of the Telco industry.

Do you have any recommendations for future CEMSies who want to become interns in this company?

Come with an open mind and try to learn from your environment, Telekom is an interesting organization which faces many challenges in a quickly changing industry. Do not expect to experience an international environment in the city of Bonn. A short-term stay here without local language knowledge is possible, but limits the options you have during free time.

Housing Tips

Student housing available at www.studentenwerk-bonn.de for reasonable prices.

Activity Tips

Bonn is a city full of parks, museums, and galleries. Lively city of Koln is located nearby.


Strategy Europe Division Deutsche Telekom

Evaluation

Martin KurĹˆas

Extras

Basic Information

Sector: Telco Duration: 6 months Location: Bonn Paid internship

Work

4

People

5

Learning

4

Remuneration

3

Location

5

Where did you find the internship?

CEMS classmate recommendation, who was finishing his internship at the company.

How long in advance did you apply?

2 months

How did you prepare for the interviews?

I checked what "hot" topics in the industry are, trends, main services, growth areas etc. I checked the datamonitor report on Deutsche Telekom (available from the EBSCO database at VSE) and several articles about the industry trends from the McK quarterly.

How does the selection process look like?

Interview via phone - intro of yourself, "guide me through your CV", then discussion about industry basics, trends, challenges for the company.

Does the employer cover the interview/travel expenses

Not needed, interview is via phone. But I doubt they would cover it.

What were your typical job responsibilities?

In general, preparation of presentations with market/ competitor developments for board members and Europe division executives. Examples: prepare an overview of the changes our competitor undertook recently; prepare an overview of the telecom market in a specific country (usually where D.Telekom has subsidiaries); prepare quarterly reports - how markets & competitors were performing; participation in the preparation of databases with data for modeling market revenues, the latter serves for the goal setting for subsidiaries (T-Mobile in CZ, SK, HU, PL, NL ...etc.)

Was it a valuable experience?

Yes, lots of learning about the industry. Also, learning about work and life in a huge corporation with all its advantages and challenges.

What did you enjoy the most/did not like?

Most - international atmosphere in our department - young colleagues in our team - you can have very good work life balance in this company - nice city with very good location - meetings with interns organized by the company, especially in the beginning very good for networking, getting to know people like yourself Did not like - big company = bureaucracy, slow processes, internal policy between competing departments

Would you recommend this internship to other CEMSies?

Yes, especially to those who are interested in telecoms, IT and mobile gadgets of all sorts, and want to learn how to communicate information effectively via powepoints.

Do you have any recommendations for future CEMSies who want to become interns in this company?

Of course, it is not necessary to know the industry before coming here and 99% of the interns don't, but learn by doing. The team at market intelligence is young, dynamic, bosses are very good people and English is sufficient (I personally don't speak any German). However, speaking German helps in many informal situations.

Housing Tips

It is possible to stay at student apartments of the University in Bonn http://www.studentenwerk-bonn.de/wohnen/ praktikanten-ferienmietvertraege/

Activity Tips

Lots of museums in the city, also Cologne is very close and there's always something happening. Living in student apartments has the advantage of getting to know exchange students who organize parties and trips :)


Business Development Solosso.com Dealicious.co

Evaluation

Jan Klimo

Extras

Basic Information

Sector: Tailoring, Group Buying Site Duration: 5 months Location: Bangkok Paid internship

Work

4

People

5

Learning

4

Remuneration

3

Location

5

Where did you find the internship?

www.enternships.com

How long in advance did you apply?

2 months

How did you prepare for the interviews?

Read about the company, got references through shared contacts.

How does the selection process look like?

Skype interviews, 2-3, references help a lot

Does the employer cover the interview/travel expenses

No

What were your typical job responsibilities?

I learned most during the first 3 months of my internship and got really interesting insights into the industry. The second half of my internship was more about delivering work and less about learning.

Was it a valuable experience?

Learned a lot about doing business in Thailand and social media strategies.

What did you enjoy the most/did not like?

Life in Bangkok, like no other!

Would you recommend this internship to other CEMSies?

Go for it, pretty life changing if you like the job description.

Do you have any recommendations for future CEMSies who want to become interns in this company?

Be sure you know what a work in a start up means, so that your values are aligned with those of the company.

Housing Tips

http://www.mrroomfinder.com/ Get an apartment close to the BTS.You'll get awesome places starting 8000 THB.

Activity Tips

Endless, drop me an email!


Work

5

Strategy Intern Deutsche Telekom

People

3

Learning

4

Remuneration

4

Location

4

Where did you find the internship?

CEMS Club email

How long in advance did you apply?

2 months

How did you prepare for the interviews?

Prepared questions and did research

How does the selection process look like?

Phone interview

Does the employer cover the interview/travel expenses

Not necessary

What were your typical job responsibilities?

Participation in one topic and preparing an international workshop for the Board Area Europe Conducting research on various strategic topics (quantitative & qualitative research) Compiling documents for top management bodies of the Deutsche Telekom Group (Board Meetings) Compile, advance, and align documents to the above mentioned questions Project management office responsibility

Was it a valuable experience?

Yes, working at HQ of big multinational company is always a challenge.

What did you enjoy the most/did not like?

Working closely with the Vice-President

Would you recommend this internship to other CEMSies?

Yes, I already recommended it.

Do you have any recommendations for future CEMSies who want to become interns in this company?

Learn some German

Housing Tips

There are dorms all over Bonn.

Evaluation

Martin Ĺ lĂŠgl

Extras

Basic Information

Sector: Telco Duration: 12 weeks Location: Bonn Paid internship

Activity Tips


Global Processes and Operations Analyst Henkel

Evaluation

Michal Zwinger

Basic Information

Sector: FMCG Duration: 13 weeks Location: Dusseldorf Paid internship Contact: beate.rosche@henkel.com

Work

5

People

5

Learning

4

Remuneration

4

Location

5

Where did you find the internship?

I couldn’t start the first proposed internship and this one was proposed to me a few months later

How long in advance did you apply?

3 months

How did you prepare for the interviews?

Henkel requires online AC, I didn’t prepare and passed, nevertheless looking back now I would recommend to prepare for typical logical and mathematical tasks

How does the selection process look like?

Online application Online AC Phone interviews

Does the employer cover the interview/travel expenses

No traveling before starting the job

What were your typical job responsibilities?

Improvement of processes, especially efficiency boost for reporting of Accounts Payables – lots of MS Excel work and some VBA programming Great deal of independency – they welcome any proposed improvement

Was it a valuable experience?

Learned a lot about the whole order to cash process, including supplier financing, trade credits, etc.

What did you enjoy the most/did not like?

People were great, many interns there, great location in Europe.

Extras

Nothing I did not like in particular. Would you recommend this internship to other CEMSies?

Yes – in case you look for something just OK (not a lifetime experience) – for me it was to fill the gap in the last semester of studies and to fulfill the CEMS requirements…

Do you have any recommendations for future CEMSies who want to become interns in this company?

Do not expect to work on a thesis or do anything else productive – the many interns there will make sure that you enjoy your free time.

Housing Tips

Ask you HR contact, they send you a sort of up-to-date accommodation list

Activity Tips

Dusseldorf itself offers probably the highest concentration of clubs and bars in the city center in whole Europe. In 2 hours you’re in Amsterdam, in 90mins you’re in Utrecht – both in comfortable ICE trains… Raynair flights from Dusseldorf to many destinations – good for longer weekends.


Business Analyst AMOO Venture Capital Advisory

Evaluation

Linda KunecovĂĄ

Extras

Basic Information

Sector: Venture Capital Duration: 12 weeks Location: London Unpaid internship

Work

3

People

4

Learning

3

Remuneration

2

Location

5

Where did you find the internship?

www.enternships.com

How long in advance did you apply?

2 months

How did you prepare for the interviews?

Company website, news in techcrunch.com, mashable.com etc.

How does the selection process look like?

Telephone/Skype interview followed by personal interview

Does the employer cover the interview/travel expenses

Yes, if selected for the position. Interview costs not covered.

What were your typical job responsibilities?

Analyzing business plans, preparing company fact sheets, managing social media accounts, attending business events

Was it a valuable experience?

It was a valuable chance to observe the entrepreneurial environment in London, UK. I learned a lot about the business, but the work responsibilities could have been more demanding.

What did you enjoy the most/did not like?

I enjoyed the work environment most. We had an open office together with about 10 start-up companies, so I could observe how they work and develop things.

Would you recommend this internship to other CEMSies?

Depends on the expectations – it was an unpaid internship, London is an expensive place to live and the work could have been more tough. However it was a valuable experience.

Do you have any recommendations for future CEMSies who want to become interns in this company?

Design your goals what you want to learn from it at the beginning and make sure you get the challenging learning opportunities during the internship.

Housing Tips

http://www.spareroom.co.uk/ - good website for accommodation in London

Activity Tips

Unlimited if you have a big waller:)


Business Development Honda Motors Europe

Evaluation

Ondřej BroŞ

Extras

Basic Information

Sector: Car, Motorcycles, Power Equipment Duration: 12 weeks Location: London Unpaid internship

Work

3

People

4

Learning

4

Remuneration

2

Location

4

Where did you find the internship?

Initial contact through an acquaintance

How long in advance did you apply?

3 months

How did you prepare for the interviews?

Gathering info about the company, business and competitors. No specific knowledge necessary for the interview.

How does the selection process look like?

Phone interview followed by a personal one.

Does the employer cover the interview/travel expenses

Travel expenses covered only after the interview.

What were your typical job responsibilities?

Data Research and Analysis. Competitors Analysis. Setting up pricing overview for the European Market.

Was it a valuable experience?

It was a valuable experience, however not much theoretical knowledge had to be applied. It was definitely beneficial to be at the European HQ where most of the strategic decisions are made for the region-

What did you enjoy the most/did not like?

Good people and working environment. There were days where not much work had to be done.

Would you recommend this internship to other CEMSies?

It is a good experience however, I do not think that I would want to do it again.

Do you have any recommendations for future CEMSies who want to become interns in this company?

Pick an area of the business that you like and ask them to be a part of that. They are flexible and won't let you be stuck in a project that you do not like.

Housing Tips

http://www.spareroom.co.uk/ - good website for accommodation in London

Activity Tips

London is expensive but there are so many options. Coffee shops in Soho, free museums, pubs, clubs. Write me an email if you want to know more.


Lucie Růžičková Intern - Junior Consultant Roland Berger Strategy Consultatns

Evaluation

CONSULTING INTERNSHIPS CONSULTING INTERNSHIPS

Extras

Basic Information

Sector: Consulting Duration: 10 weeks Location: Vienna Paid internship Contact: barbara_lischka@at.roland berger.com

Work

5

People

3

Learning

4

Remuneration

5

Location

5

Where did you find the internship?

During my part-time job in the Roland Berger Prague office

How long in advance did you apply?

6 months

How did you prepare for the interviews?

I had only an interview with a Partner of the Vienna office – assessment center already passed a few years ago

How does the selection process look like?

Usually, there is a pre-interview with an HR representative and one consultant. If you are successful, you are invited to Vienna for a big recruiting day, where at least three rounds of interviews (personal and technical) take place. Finally, there is an interview with the Partner of the selected office.

Does the employer cover the interview/travel expenses

Yes.

What were your typical job responsibilities?

I was working as a full member of the consulting team involved in project work and acquisitions in the CEE region – processing market and industry analysis, responsibility for own project module

Was it a valuable experience?

Yes, very much.

What did you enjoy the most/did not like?

I really valued the opportunity to be a full member of a project team, but I think I could have been included more in important meetings and decision processes (more of managers shadowing)

Would you recommend this internship to other CEMSies?

Definitely.

Do you have any recommendations for future CEMSies who want to become interns in this company?

Better to apply for different than the summer period – during the summer, the project activity is usually smaller and the acquisition and research work is not as interesting as the project work

Housing Tips

In Vienna, there is plenty of shared flats, so just check internet and find some cheap WG in the city center

Activity Tips

The office is located directly in the city center, so it is an advantage to live somewhere nearby. During the week, there is no time for leisure, but during weekends you can enjoy various sport activities on the Donauinsel or visit some cultural events – there is always something happening in Vienna.


Business Analyst BrainNet Strategy Consultants

Evaluation

Jiří Novotný

Extras

Basic Information

Sector: Consulting Duration: 12 weeks Location: Al-Khafí, Saudi Arabia Paid internship

Work

4

People

5

Learning

5

Remuneration

4

Location

2

Where did you find the internship?

Personal Network

How long in advance did you apply?

14 days

How did you prepare for the interviews?

My entire life up to the point of the interview :)

How does the selection process look like?

Several interviews, both phone and in person

Does the employer cover the interview/travel expenses

Yes

What were your typical job responsibilities?

Data crunching, ppt presentations, process analysis

Was it a valuable experience?

Yes, very much.

What did you enjoy the most/did not like?

Great experience, interesting people, very different culture/ the bureaucracy was cumbersome

Would you recommend this internship to other CEMSies?

Sure.

Do you have any recommendations for future CEMSies who want to become interns in this company?

Apply and have some luck.

Housing Tips

Find an internship where the housing is covered.. :)

Activity Tips

In Saudi don't drink alcohol, stare on girls, read pornography or take drugs... and be friendly.


Intern - Internal Strategy Consulting Department Siemens

Evaluation

Katarina Sabová

Extras

Basic Information

Sector: Consulting Duration: 17 weeks Location: Munich Paid internship Contact: verakatharina.moser@siemens .com

Work

4

People

5

Learning

5

Remuneration

5

Location

5

Where did you find the internship?

CEMS Career Service

How long in advance did you apply?

I applied in Sept 2010 for the summer 2011 (first round of the interviews was during the Career Forum in Budapest 2010)

How did you prepare for the interviews?

I checked the Vault´s management consulting guides, also the Wet Feet management consulting guides. I also read some basic facts about Siemens so that I would know that SIEMENS is no longer producing cell phones and washing machines.

How does the selection process look like?

First, application with CV, cover letter, transcript of records and letters of recommendation if applicable.

Does the employer cover the interview/travel expenses

Yes, the travel costs to Munich.

What were your typical job responsibilities?

Strongly varying from the project I was assigned to. Market data analysis, data collection, client data analysis (both quantitative and qualitative). Slide creation and design (but not the pure graphics, more sophisticated and content-driven)

Was it a valuable experience?

Yes.

What did you enjoy the most/did not like?

You see the project moving, progressing from day to day. Unsolvable complex issues are becoming crystal clear within a few weeks of (intense) work. + real impact of what you´re doing even as intern, I clearly knew how I am contributing to the project+ the best real-life xls and ppt course, feedback oriented culture - feedback was given in friendly and constructive manner; intensive German course (everyone speaks English, German is anyways helpful for socializing)+ nice hotels (during the weeks you usually work out of Munich on the client´s site), nice dinners (I was treated as full-time employee in terms of all these perks) - everyday long working hours - basically no difference between the interns and consultants - big variety between the project you´re staffed on, you have no influence on the project you will be assigned to, you´ll find out on your first day)

Would you recommend this internship to other CEMSies?

Yes.

Do you have any recommendations for future CEMSies who want to become interns in this company?

You can contact me personally if you get an offer and we can talk.

Housing Tips

Quite difficult to get accommodation there for short-term, contact the company if their interns could give you a hand, generally the best chance is to know someone there, otherwise you can try www.wg-gesucht.de

Activity Tips

Go there in September, you´ll get the chance to experience Oktoberfest as one of the locals (unforgettable!) In general a lot of things to do on the weekends (make no big plans for the weekdays, though).


FINANCE INTERNSHIPS

Analyst Merito Financial Services

Evaluation

Jan VyhlĂ­dka

Extras

Basic Information

Sector: Finance Duration: 10 weeks Location: Vienna Paid internship

FINANCE INTERNSHIPS

Work

3

People

5

Learning

3

Remuneration

3

Location

4

Where did you find the internship?

Personal contact, former teacher.

How long in advance did you apply?

3-4 months

How did you prepare for the interviews?

No selection process.

How does the selection process look like?

N/A

Does the employer cover the interview/travel expenses

N/A

What were your typical job responsibilities?

Collect data (web, Bloomberg) Industry analysis, country analysis Prepare and edit presentations

Was it a valuable experience?

Internship was valuable. I learnt new things especially in macroeconomics. However, if my internship was more structured, I could have learnt more.

What did you enjoy the most/did not like?

Plus: Friendly atmosphere. Minus: Sometimes I had nothing to do or very little information about what I am expected to do.

Would you recommend this internship to other CEMSies?

N/A

Do you have any recommendations for future CEMSies who want to become interns in this company?

N/A

Housing Tips

Many free rooms in summer, try: http://www.jobwohnen.at

Activity Tips

Travel – Sommerkarte Opera


Intern - Controlling SEE Bosch Security Systems

Evaluation

Jaromír Beránek

Extras

Basic Information

Sector: Manufacturing Duration: 6 months Location: Eindhoven Paid internship Contact: robert.kroon@nl.bosch.co m

Work

5

People

4

Learning

4

Remuneration

4

Location

3

Where did you find the internship?

Through networking at CEMS Annual Events in Rotterdam.

How long in advance did you apply?

2 months

How did you prepare for the interviews?

I only read basic facts and figures about the company in the internet.

How does the selection process look like?

2 rounds – 1. Telephone interview clarifying mutual expectations and requirements, 2. Personal interview in the Netherlands.

Does the employer cover the interview/travel expenses

Flights were covered.

What were your typical job responsibilities?

Coordinating spot price requests, creating presentations on financial reporting, data mining and basic financial analyses. 70% of the work in Excel, 20% in Outlook, 10% in PowerPoint.

Was it a valuable experience?

It was a valuable practical experience in learning more about the business; I also learned how to use many Excel features previously unknown to me.

What did you enjoy the most/did not like?

I enjoyed the responsibility I had from the first day, mutual relationships in the workplace, biking to work. I disliked the lack of cultural and socializing opportunities in the city of Eindhoven.

Would you recommend this internship to other CEMSies?

Most certainly yes.

Do you have any recommendations for future CEMSies who want to become interns in this company?

Be open and take initiative – it can make your internship much more interesting and enjoyable.

Housing Tips

Student servers – www.kamertje.nl, www.kamernet.nl

Activity Tips

Student clubs and communities at the Technical University of Eindhoven


Intern in Treasury/Internal Control DANONE

Evaluation

Jan Iser

Extras

Basic Information

Sector: Dairy Products Duration: 10 weeks Location: Paris Paid internship

Work

4

People

4

Learning

4

Remuneration

4

Location

4

Where did you find the internship?

I knew the right people and had the right knowledge

How long in advance did you apply?

2 months

How did you prepare for the interviews?

Write CV and Motivation Letter.

How does the selection process look like?

Accepted right after applying

Does the employer cover the interview/travel expenses

No

What were your typical job responsibilities?

Working on a new IT system of internal controls, preparation of a guide listing all kinds of payment types and procedures

Was it a valuable experience?

Yes, it was.

What did you enjoy the most/did not like?

Interviews with people from different departments, speaking French, learning a lot in Excel vs. first week was a bit lost, took a little too much time to gain trust of superiors and power to change the project

Would you recommend this internship to other CEMSies?

Yes.

Do you have any recommendations for future CEMSies who want to become interns in this company?

Due to my special admission procedure, cannot help much

Housing Tips

N/A

Activity Tips

Paris in summer – military parade at Champs ElysÊes, finale of Tour de France, pubs, museums (for free if from EU younger 26 years) etc.


Intern in Securities Sales and Trading Investment Bank

Evaluation

Anonymous

5

People

5

Learning

5

Remuneration

5

Location

5

Where did you find the internship?

Online, company website.

How long in advance did you apply?

I applied in December and it was already quite late. Best time to apply for summer internships to large investment banks is around September.

How did you prepare for the interviews?

Read books about the industry, relevant magazines and journals. Practiced maths calculations and graph interpretations. Talked to friends with similar experience.

How does the selection process look like?

Online application followed by online IQ and logical test. 3 phone interviews and one onsite interview.

Does the employer cover the interview/travel expenses

Yes, flight expenses were covered. Do not know about hotel, had my own accommodation. Also once accepted for the internship, flights to and from the UK are paid, as well as extra subsidy is obtained as a relocation support.

What were your typical job responsibilities?

Very various. Weekly rotations to various departments, courses on finance, banking, trading, regular feedback, speeches attendance etc.

Was it a valuable experience?

Definitely!

What did you enjoy the most/did not like?

POSITIVE: How much time the company and every employee invested into the interns, even though we were not a real added value to them. I have been surprised how everyone was nice, polite, friendly, helpful and took their time – even the most senior people. We had a very nice intern class and we got to be really good friends with some of them. The company provided excellent networking opportunities for us so that we can build upon them as future employees. NEGATIVE: I did not like the really long working hours and that you had to study at home to get ready for the exams. Also constant feedback starts to be quite tiring, you feel like having a 10 week long interview.

Would you recommend this internship to other CEMSies?

Yes.

Do you have any recommendations for future CEMSies who want to become interns in this company?

Taking your sports shoes, they have an awesome gym!

Housing Tips

Try to live close to the office! Starting work at 6am or getting home around midnight might be difficult if you live far away. Having a short walk is nice after being whole day closed in the office… Otherwise no need to have an awesome flat since you will almost never be there anyway

Activity Tips

You don´t have much time/energy left to do sightseeing if you work in an investment bank :)

Extras

Basic Information

Sector: Investment Banking Duration: 10 weeks Location: London Paid internship

Work


Financial Controlling Porsche Holding

Evaluation

Marek Zatlukal

Extra

Basic Information

Sector: Wholesale and retail Duration: 5 months Location: Salzburg Paid internship

Work

4

People

4

Learning

4

Remuneration

5

Location

5

Where did you find the internship?

During my bachelor studies at University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt I was approached by the company along with several other students.

How long in advance did you apply?

It was prearranged as part of the contract with the company.

How did you prepare for the interviews?

Write CV and Motivation Letter.

How does the selection process look like?

Research about the company, mock interviews, CV and motivation letter.

Does the employer cover the interview/travel expenses

Yes.

What were your typical job responsibilities?

Putting together and crosschecking the financial results, helping with constructing monthly financial reports and its analysis

Was it a valuable experience?

A bit from theory, quite some amount from practice. It definitely was.

What did you enjoy the most/did not like?

The approach of people, some challenging tasks. I did not enjoy the Austrian separation of work and personal life

Would you recommend this internship to other CEMSies?

Yes.

Do you have any recommendations for future CEMSies who want to become interns in this company?

None come to mind.

Housing Tips

Arranged by company.

Activity Tips

Check internet:)


Kamila Janečková Intern - Strategy and Insight Department DANONE

Evaluation

MARKETING INTERNSHIPS

Extras

Basic Information

Sector: Dairy Products Duration: 5 months Location: Barcelona Paid internship

MARKETING INTERNSHIPS

Work

5

People

5

Learning

5

Remuneration

4

Location

5

Where did you find the internship?

Through a friend.

How long in advance did you apply?

2 days

How did you prepare for the interviews?

I didn’t, they invited me that day.

How does the selection process look like?

Normally a few rounds, with HR, with the boss and with other people in the department.

Does the employer cover the interview/travel expenses

No.

What were your typical job responsibilities?

Consumer Insights, Knowledge management, management of the communication tools of our research community, sharing best marketing practices with the countries.

Was it a valuable experience?

Yes, in fact invaluable.

What did you enjoy the most/did not like?

People so intelligent and smart and with so much experience so willing to share their knowledge, devoting time to you to explain things, pushing you to be better not because they want but because you want. There is nothing I wouldn’t like.

Would you recommend this internship to other CEMSies?

Yes.

Do you have any recommendations for future CEMSies who want to become interns in this company?

I would say you have to “fit” with the company corporate culture, and you can feel that immediately during the interview, don’t force yourself to go there just because you are “supposed to”, go there because you like the company.

Housing Tips

It is common to share flats, and I would recommend staying few days at a friends´ house or hostel and go to have a look personally on those rooms you would be interested in.

Activity Tips

Well, it was Barcelona, what more to say- beach, Gaudi, La Rambla, fashionable clubs, tapas,…. I want to go back!!


International Management Intern Henkel

Evaluation

Petra Širatovksá

Extras

Basic Information

Sector: FMCG Duration: 8 months Location: Dusseldorf Paid internship

Work

4

People

5

Learning

5

Remuneration

4

Location

4

Where did you find the internship?

Via www.henkel.com

How long in advance did you apply?

2 months.

How did you prepare for the interviews?

No extra preparations.

How does the selection process look like?

CV, motivation letter evaluated by HR. Online tests Phone interview with potential supervisor Personal interview with two managers

Does the employer cover the interview/travel expenses

Yes.

What were your typical job responsibilities?

Re-/Launches support – artworks, inner elements; communication with external agencies & national teams, R&D. Market research, financials.

Was it a valuable experience?

Learnt a lot since treated as an employee rather than intern. Extended the duration of my internship from 3 to 8 months to prolong this valuable experience.

What did you enjoy the most/did not like?

I enjoyed the responsibility for my own projects.

Would you recommend this internship to other CEMSies?

Definitely.

Do you have any recommendations for future CEMSies who want to become interns in this company?

Just enjoy and try to get the most out of it!

Housing Tips

Henkel provides all interns with a housing contact list.

Activity Tips

Living – choose location either close to the company or city center. The Altstadt offers many nice places where to keep the worklife balance at Henkel.


Trainee in Global Communication Department Henkel

Evaluation

Sofie Jukelsonovรก

Extras

Basic Information

Sector: FMCG Duration: 5 months Location: Dusseldorf Paid internship

Work

5

People

4

Learning

5

Remuneration

3

Location

3

Where did you find the internship?

Via CEMS classmate during my exchange semester, Cecilie Skoge.

How long in advance did you apply?

2 months.

How did you prepare for the interviews?

Learn CV by heart. Prepare examples from my CV for each of the requirements & responsibilities. Prepare answers for behavioral questions. Research about the company/business/department. Plug in network to find out from either fulltime employees or former interns that I knew of hiring process in the company.

How does the selection process look like?

2 rounds: phone call, onsite interview.

Does the employer cover the interview/travel expenses

Yes.

What were your typical job responsibilities?

Updating Excel reports, creating product presentations in PowerPoint, communicating with other marketing departments across the globe for the launch of the localized website for each office for Industrial glues.

Was it a valuable experience?

Experienced the German corporate environment. Learned about organizational structure and business of a global company. Great network among other interns and full-time employees.

What did you enjoy the most/did not like?

Enjoy: networking, experience of working abroad Not enjoy: corporate environment in HQ, misfit with the team, very banal tasks, complete negligence of utilizing my analytical or language skills that were needed in other departments

Would you recommend this internship to other CEMSies?

Communicate well on your strengths; find opportunities to showcase these strengths. Have regular communication with your manager about your strengths/weaknesses so you are not surprised at the time of evaluation. Do not underestimate cultural differences.

Do you have any recommendations for future CEMSies who want to become interns in this company?

Make sure you know in which department you will land and find out more about your responsibilities before you start.

Housing Tips

Find on www.wg-gesucht.de an apartment share before you arrive Get yourself a public transportation pass

Activity Tips

N/A


Market Analyst TOTAL Fluides

Evaluation

Petra Chocholová

Extras

Basic Information

Sector: Oil Industry Duration: 10 weeks Location: Paris Paid internship

Work

3

People

3

Learning

3

Remuneration

4

Location

4

Where did you find the internship?

Schoolmates

How long in advance did you apply?

3 months

How did you prepare for the interviews?

Check the annual report, review French vocabulary.

How does the selection process look like?

2 rounds – first round through HR, second round interview by a committee.

Does the employer cover the interview/travel expenses

No.

What were your typical job responsibilities?

Market research through industry reports, internet sources, news, local contacts.

Was it a valuable experience?

Great experience culture-wise, but not that demanding in practice.

What did you enjoy the most/did not like?

I liked the industry feel and although working for a multinational, it still felt like working for a small company. The only thing I didn’t like was the empty office during summer.

Would you recommend this internship to other CEMSies?

That depends, it was great to practice French, to learn about a new industry and the remuneration was good, but other than that, the work was quite dull.

Do you have any recommendations for future CEMSies who want to become interns in this company?

Do have excellent French, you don’t need technical skill prior to starting, but you have to learn them quickly afterwards.

Housing Tips

craigslist; always go for the location, not the equipment of the apartment

Activity Tips

That’s worth a separate chapter, even though I somehow think that a cemsie will find his/her way quickly regardless ;)


Evaluation Basic Information

International Relations Coordinator Academia de Artes Guerrero Sector: NGO Duration: 4 months Location: Bogota Paid internship Contact: Liseth Quique: assistente.direccion@acad emiadeartesguerrero.com

Extras

Alexandra Levrincová

Work

4

People

5

Learning

4

Remuneration

2

Location

5

Where did you find the internship?

AIESEC

How long in advance did you apply?

4 months

How did you prepare for the interviews?

Studied about the job position, about the company, studied Spanish.

How does the selection process look like?

Online application, 3 Skype interviews – testing Spanish, conversations about previous experiences, job description.

Does the employer cover the interview/travel expenses

No.

What were your typical job responsibilities?

Everyday presence at the office, communication with all international partners – emails, phone contact, obligatory attendance at all official events (conferences).

Was it a valuable experience?

I learned new things from cross-cultural point of view, practiced my theoretical knowledge, learned new approaches.

What did you enjoy the most/did not like?

I enjoyed staying at the office with Colombians, I really enjoyed my work.

Would you recommend this internship to other CEMSies?

Yes, even though I think it cannot be repeated.

Do you have any recommendations for future CEMSies who want to become interns in this company?

In this one or any other in Colombia – enjoy the time, different culture and their different way of thinking.

Housing Tips

AIESEC helps with accommodation – in families or shared apartments.

Activity Tips

Sightseeing in Bogota, travelling in Colombia – lots of options, hanging out, lots of cultural activities connected with the academy.


Intern in the Administrative Department LIRA ODONTO

Evaluation

Petra Brlayová

Extras

Basic Information

Sector: Dentistry Start-up Duration: 13 weeks Location: Sao Paulo Paid internship

Work

3

People

5

Learning

3

Remuneration

3

Location

5

Where did you find the internship?

Intranet website of the university with job and internships offers. (a centre for job allocation called CECOP).

How long in advance did you apply?

2 weeks.

How did you prepare for the interviews?

I prepared useful phrases in Portuguese for the interview.

How does the selection process look like?

2 interviews with the partners from this company. Only questions.

Does the employer cover the interview/travel expenses

No.

What were your typical job responsibilities?

Identification of the problems in the stock and purchasing, mapping the processes, suggesting the solutions.

Was it a valuable experience?

It was definitely a valuable experience working in a Brazilian company in such an uncommon field. However, I did not learn as much as expected.

What did you enjoy the most/did not like?

I enjoyed the interaction with my boss and colleagues most. I missed a better description of my tasks.

Would you recommend this internship to other CEMSies?

Not really, because I didn´t have so much responsibility. The company is great, people are nice, but from a complex perspective, I would recommend some bigger company. However, the selection process for multinational companies takes a long time and it´s a really competitive environment.

Do you have any recommendations for future CEMSies who want to become interns in this company?

From what I know, the company is not looking for interns any more. In fact, they have always been looking only for a Brazilian person with the possibility to work at least for 1 year. Another useful advice for CEMSies looking for an internship: Firstly, Portuguese is more than highly recommended. Secondly, there are a lot of job opportunities and vacancies in Brazil, however the amount of bureaucracy needed for a full-time positions is incredible. If you find a fulltime job while being already in Sao Paulo, you need to come back to your country where your visa was issued in order to ask for a different type of visa to be permitted to work in respective company. In August/September 2011 they changed the rule and from now on, you are forbidden to work as a part-time intern only with student visa (which was possible before) You need a working type of visa and thus, you have to come back to Europe and then go there again…

Housing Tips

Depends on the location of the company and on where the CEMSie intends to work. Itaim Bibi or Jardins are parts, where lot of working foreigners live, but they have to pay a substantial rent. Then there is a cheaper place on Av. 9 de Julho 1084 (Residencial 9), 15 minutes from the university FGV-EAESP, where only international students live.

Activity Tips

Sao Paulo is a huge city with a variety of cultural options. The night life is really dynamic and Sao Paulo never sleeps, but you have to count with higher expenses. Supposedly, it´s one of the most expensive city in the world. However, you are not bored here.


Marketing Associate HILTI Australia

Evaluation

Štěpán Mejzlík

4

People

4

Learning

3

Remuneration

5

Location

4

Where did you find the internship?

I got approached by a professor at our University who said she could recommend me to HILTI Czech Republic. After an interview there, I got offered this internship.

How long in advance did you apply?

6 months, however, the internship was approved within one month, I had to finish my semester abroad first, though.

How did you prepare for the interviews?

I thought about what I expected from a company I work for. And it ‘clicked’ at the interview.

How does the selection process look like?

I didn’t go through an official selection process. Only one interview in the Czech headquarters and a phone call with my prospective boss in Australia.

Does the employer cover the interview/travel expenses

One way flight ticked was covered.

What were your typical job responsibilities?

Everything marketing-concerned. From analyzing existing competition prior to a product launch, processing and reporting market data, to working on promotional campaigns and designing leaflet drafts. A bit of everything.

Was it a valuable experience?

It definitely was a valuable experience to see the corporate reality and see how theory doesn’t always apply in practice.

What did you enjoy the most/did not like?

I enjoyed working in the Australian environment, I loved the people around me (which by the way is probably something most HILTI employees over the world would say). I didn’t so much enjoy the lack of creativity and independence in what I was doing. Just like in most corporations, I would say.

Would you recommend this internship to other CEMSies?

Yes.

Do you have any recommendations for future CEMSies who want to become interns in this company?

Think about which department you would be most interested in, ask for more position available.You will always like more what you want to do.

Housing Tips

Housing is a hassle in Sydney. The best is to find a friend with whom you can stay after arrival and then look for accommodation on Gumtree, Easyroommate and Flatmate. But don’t expect it to be easy, unless your requirements are rather low.

Activity Tips

Australia, Australia, Australia. That is enough. Oh yes, one tip. Make sure to make a few road trips. They are the best.

Extras

Basic Information

Sector: Construction Duration: 9 months Location: Sydney Paid internship Contact: Monique Diaz, monique.diaz@hilti.com

Work


INTERNSHIPS IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC Internships in the Czech Republic

Business Analyst Roland Berger Strategy Consultants

Evaluation

Marek Palička

Extras

Basic Information

Sector: Consulting Duration: 3 months Location: Prague Paid internship Contact: Terezie Štýsová, terezie_stysova@cz.roland berger.com

Work

4

People

5

Learning

5

Remuneration

4

Location

5

Where did you find the internship?

I participated in a weekend workshop organized by Roland Berger and based on the positive impression they got about me I was invited for a personal interview

How long in advance did you apply?

Weekend workshop took place in April 2011, I started working for Roland Berger in July 2011, so 3 months.

How did you prepare for the interviews?

Went though several case studies, read the website of the company, went again though all the materials from the workshop.

How does the selection process look like?

As I participated in the case study weekend, I was allowed to skip the first two rounds, so I went directly to the third and last round – two interviews (one with the future boss and also with the managing partner of the Prague office).

Does the employer cover the interview/travel expenses

As the job is located in my hometown, there were no costs. However, they covered all expenses during the weekend workshop.

What were your typical job responsibilities?

Research on various topics (Transportation, Utilities, Retail, Steel and construction materials, etc.), graphics, internal administration

Was it a valuable experience?

Absolutely. As the business analyst switches often from one project to another, literally every week he/she deals with a different business and the learning curve is very steep.

What did you enjoy the most/did not like?

I mostly enjoy the working atmosphere, time flexibility by the employer, scope of work. Currently I cannot imagine one single point I would like to improve or one that I really dislike.

Would you recommend this internship to other CEMSies?

Definitely, it is a valuable experience and thanks to the flexible working hours it is nicely compatible with the university stuff.

Do you have any recommendations for future CEMSies who want to become interns in this company?

If you like management consulting and want to learn a lot and do not have time for a full half-a-year internship at other companies such as McKinsey or BCG try applying for the business analyst position at Roland Berger.

Housing Tips

N/A

Activity Tips

N/A


HR Intern L’Oréal

Evaluation

Martin Strnad

Extras

Basic Information

Sector: FMCG Duration: 7 months Location: Prague Paid internship Contact: Lucie Loukotová

Work

4

People

5

Learning

5

Remuneration

3

Location

5

Where did you find the internship?

CEMS Info email.

How long in advance did you apply?

1 month.

How did you prepare for the interviews?

Company Due Dilligence.

How does the selection process look like?

Assessment centre, interview with recruiter, interview with manager.

Does the employer cover the interview/travel expenses

N/A

What were your typical job responsibilities?

Recruitment, Campus management, organization and strategy for Reveal and Brandstorm, learning&development planning.

Was it a valuable experience?

Yes.

What did you enjoy the most/did not like?

Most: recruitment Least: Research in Hungarian policy for disabled workers

Would you recommend this internship to other CEMSies?

Yes.

Do you have any recommendations for future CEMSies who want to become interns in this company?

Work hard and you will get a lot in return.

Housing Tips

N/A

Activity Tips

Come on, it is Prague.


III

Administrative requirements CEMS Internship is an obligatory part of the CEMS studies, thus participation in the CEMS Internship abroad is necessary condition for students to graduate and to gain diploma from the CEMS MIM program. The main objective and benefit is the opportunity for students to apply theoretical knowledge into real life business situations and to gain foreign practical experience in the preferred industry. CEMS Internship is not pre-arranged within the CEMS MIM program by the school, so each student is independently responsible to look for and do internship on his/her own. To find an internship position, students may use the email offers from corporate partners, search their websites for vacant positions, check the job offers on the official CEMS website cems.org or apply for a position in non-profit organizations or other companies based on preferences. It is possible to do CEMS Internship at any time during the CEMS MIM program except the first year of studies. The first 3 months of full-time employment position can be also accepted as CEMS Internship as well as the internship experience prior to CEMS MIM studies. The CEMS internship will be recognized by VSE as part of the CEMS MIM study programme, as a special course “internship abroad” with 6 ECTS credits. The internship will be part of the Diploma Supplement. CEMS Internship REQUIREMENTS: 1.

Minimum length of 10 consecutive weeks in the same company (min 12 weeks to qualify for the financial support )

2.

Full-time employment

3.

CEMS Internships must be done in the intercultural environment thus abroad i.e. •

Outside the country of the CEMS home institution, OR

Outside the country of secondary education, OR

Outside the country of citizenship

4.

Professional type of employment, with sufficient level of autonomy

5.

At the end of the internship the company tutor has to fill out CEMS Internship Evaluation Form - confirmation of duration and results of the internship, which students have to present to school (Ing. Gabriela Böhmová)

6.

After the CEMS Internship students are required to fill in The Report on Stay Abroad into the NAEP database


IV

Financial support from Erasmus When planning your CEMS Internship, do not forget, that you can also apply for financial support from LLP (Lifelong Learning Program)/ ERASMUS grant, regardless the payment conditions of your internship. This option is active for CEMS MIM student only since academic year 2010/2011. To qualify for the LLP/ERASMUS financial support, students must comply with several requirements: 1.! Students must be fully enrolled at the sending university (it is necessary to have a student status) during the whole time of the internship abroad, (it is not possible to finish the studying at the home university before completing the internship) 2.!

3.! !

Since the academic year 2010/2011 • Students must be citizens of a country taking part in the LLP program, OR • Students must be permanent residents of a country taking part in the LLP program, OR • Students must be studying at a university in a country that is member of LLP program Each student is allowed to participate in the whole period of his / her university education, regardless of the number of universities: • Only once in the Erasmus studying program, • Only once in the Erasmus internship program ( receive financial support for internship )and • Twice in the EILC course

If you as a student meet the above mentioned conditions, then also your CEMS Internship must fulfill the following ERASMUS program requirements: 1.! The minimum duration of internship must be 12 consecutive weeks = 3 months, the maximum 12 ! months. However, students may receive financial support for maximally 3 months of the ! internship. 2.!

The internship can be done only in a country, which is a member of the LLP Program: •

EU members: Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Cyprus, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta*, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Austria, Romania, Greece, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Great Britain

EFTA & EEA countries: Norway, Lichtenstein, Island, Switzerland

EU candidate countries: Turkey, Croatia

3.! !

The internship cannot be realized in the institutions of European Union and in national embassies abroad, because of the possible conflict of interest or double funding

4.!

The internship must be full-time employment

5.! The internship must be approved in advance by school authority (doc. Ing. Jiří Hnilica, Ph.D., Ing. ! Gabriela Böhmová ) After you as a student and your planned internship meet all the listed conditions, you qualify for the Financial support from ERASMUS program. You can maximally receive grant for 3  months of


the internship. If the internship lasts longer, the student is for the remaining months classified as “zero-grant” student. The amount of the grant varies according to the country of internship. In the academic year 2010/2011 the amount of grant/month ranged from 323 EUR (Bulgaria) – 806 EUR (United Kingdom). County Code

Country

AT BE BG CY DE DK EE ES FI FR GR HR HU CH IE

Austria Belgium Bulgaria Cyprus Germany Denmark Estonia Spain Finland France Greece Croatia Hungary Switzerland Ireland

IS

Iceland

Monthly County Code support [EUR] 611 IT 570 LI 323 LT 524 LU 571 LV 775 MT 458 NL 577 NO 671 PL 768 PT 530 RO 506 SE 513 SI 743 SK 698 TR 621

UK

Country Italy Lichtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Latvia Malta Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Sweden Slovenia Slovakia Turkey United Kingdom

Monthly support [EUR] 638 713 440 570 434 511 625 800 464 522 363 641 473 530 476 806

To be granted the Financial support, there is a bit of paperwork ahead and the necessary steps you must do are as follows: 1.! Arrangement of the internship (contact with the company, conditions, duration, etc.) 2.! Student submits (by person or by email) the filled in Training Agreement for confirmation of ! the formal conditions to the coordinator for internship (Ing. Gabriela Böhmová) 3.! Formal confirmation of the internship and signing of the Training Agreement by academic ! director (doc. Ing. Jiří Hnilica, Ph.D.) 4.! Formal confirmation of the internship and signing of the Training Agreement by receiving ! enterprise and by the student 5.! Application for the Erasmus financial support – transmitting of the signed Training ! Agreement to the coordinator for the internship (Ing. Gabriela Böhmová ) 6.! Signature of the Financial Contract prepared by coordinator for internship (Ing. Gabriela ! Böhmová ) 7.! Payment of the grant to the student’s account via bank transfer 8.! At the end of the internship the company tutor has to fill out Internship Evaluation Form ! confirmation of duration and results of the internship, which students have to present to school ! (Ing. Gabriela Böhmová ) 9.! After the CEMS Internship students are required to fill in The Report on Stay Abroad into the ! NAEP database 10.! Recognition of the internship into the student´s study program – Diploma Supplement


V

Internships outside Erasmus If you would like to do your CEMS Internship in the country that is not member of the LLP program or in case you have already used the Erasmus financial support for an internship, you can still apply for the grant. This option is active only since the summer semester 2011. Students may receive the grant from the VŠE´s Stipend Fund. The grant is a fixed amount for each month of the internship. The amount varies according to the country of internship – in a country outside EU/ EEA – 10.000 CZK for a month, in a country EU/EEA – the equivalent of a grant within the ERASMUS program. The grant can be obtained for maximally 3  months, even if the internship lasts longer. To qualify for the grant from the VŠE´s Stipend Fund, students must comply with several requirements: 1.! Student must be fully enrolled at the sending university (it is necessary to have a student status) during the whole time of the internship abroad, (it is not possible to finish studying at the home university before completing the internship) 2.!

The minimum duration of internship must be 12 consecutive weeks = 3 months

3.!

The internship must be full-time employment

4.! The internship must be approved in advance by school authority (doc. Ing. Jiří Hnilica, Ph.D., Ing. Gabriela Böhmová ) If you meet all the required conditions to qualify for the grant from the VŠE´s Stipend Fund, you have to follow 10 necessary steps, which are identical with the application for the financial support from ERASMUS program. DOCUMENTS needed for the “internship process” or FYI 1.!

Training Agreement

2.!

“ERASMUS Student Charter”

3.!

CEMS Internship Evaluation Form

4.!

Final report (http://erasmus-databaze.naep.cz)


GOOD LUCK WITH FINDING THE PERFECT INTERNSHIP FOR YOU!!!

Source: http://cemsmim.vse.cz/english/for-students/internships/


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