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Malaysia and come into contact with Erik van der Kallen (CFO at Dentsu Aegis Network Malaysia), Marijn agreed to also take up a project to investigate and finally close out redundant entities within Dentsu Malaysia’s group. The Student Internship Program (SIP) of MDBC was an excellent program to help both attain their goals.

The SIP Experiences of Job de Boer and Marijn Snels at Dentsu Aegis Network. Dentsu Aegis Network is a multinational media and digital marketing communications company headquartered in London, United Kingdom, and a wholly owned subsidiary of the Japanese advertising and public relations firm Dentsu Inc., which is headquartered in Tokyo Japan. Its principal services are communications strategy through digital creative execution, media planning and buying, sports marketing and content creation, brand tracking, and marketing analytics. Job de Boer and Marijn Snels were both studying at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen,

the Netherlands. Job de Boer had just finished his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and was looking to pursue a Master’s Degree which required professional work experience. With Job’s interest in working for a leading global company, and his established background in finance during his Bachelor’s, a match with Dentsu Aegis Network ended up being the perfect fit. He travelled to Kuala Lumpur and started working as a finance intern at Dentsu Aegis Network shortly after. Marijn Snels had recently finished his Master’s Degree in Organisational and Management Control. Having traveled to

Under the supervision of van der Kallen, Job has been working on several projects for his internship. Partially focused on the reallocation of assets to the HQ in Malaysia and closing some of the smaller subsidiaries and entities of Dentsu Malaysia, Job has also worked on an audit for the company. By preparing and examining final records, he has helped to ensure that the company runs more efficiently and smoothly. Marijn meanwhile has been tasked to investigate individual business entitites and prepare them to be either dissolved or merged back with central entities in order to simplify the company’s accounting structure. This entails ensuring that balance sheet items provide a true and fair representation of the company’s present state and developing a proposal on how to close it out or merge it with the main entities. Marijn shared, “I am glad that I took this challenge and opportunity as I have learned a lot about myself and what I will be looking for in the future.” “As the final months of the internship are approaching, I am working on one more project that will rebuild our organizational structure in Malaysia. It will be a challenging, but exciting project that will have a major impact as soon as we are able to implement it,” shared Job.

Photos from the recent SIP Cultural Briefing Top left: Briefing by MDBC SIP Manager Jolande Jonge Poerink. Top right: Learning about differences in local culture with Marie Tseng (Cultural Impact) Bottom: Enjoying a local dinner with the 2020 - 1 batch of SIP interns

“I had been very eager to gain professional experience after completing my Bachelor’s. My fellow students in Groningen pointed out SIP and it seemed to me a good opportunity to work in a challenging international business environment. Ever since I made the decision to join the program, it has been an experience that I have not regretted. Next to enhancing my skills in finance and auditing, I have learned about cultural differences, and I have a much clearer picture about the future of my education and professional career,” added Job.