Marriages are made in heaven, or so they say! I believe sometimes internships are, too. I’ll get straight to the point and say it. I am an Indian national and I don’t speak German fluently. These are not the qualities one desires while trying to find an internship in Germany, but then sometimes you get lucky, and I sure did. As an engineering graduate perusing a degree in management (MBA), I sometimes wondered if all the fancy business models, the SWOTs and the PORTERs, etc. are mere concepts stuck in the realms of academia, or if companies actually use them to derive useful results. I’ll go even further at the risk of sounding ignorant. I thought “corporate strategy” was also a highly polished advertising stunt used by companies to put their employees in to a false sense of security. Holy cow, was I ever wrong.
I started my master thesis on…. (Oops I am not allowed to discuss it). I started my master thesis on a ‘confidential topic’ at the Competitive and Technical Intelligence department and let’s just say it felt like a crash course on everything I studied in my MBA. To study ‘business model canvas’ and ‘value chain analysis’ is one thing, but to put them into practice gives you a whole new level of understanding. I’ll stop boring you readers with the technicality and get to the lighter stuff. I have had my fair share of awkward situations in my previous jobs and internships in the past where my boss expected me to address him by his surname even after knowing him for a year, or where my internship report was shelved in some dusty room never to be seen again or was even thrown in to a shredder… but not here, not at MANN+HUMMEL, not in the corporate strategy and innovation management department. I am sure there are some of you who think an internship is just to put a big name on a resume. Well, think again my friends. Here we interns turn on our laptop in the morning and we are excited. We are taken seriously. We get to celebrate Christmas parties with the directors and vice presidents. We throw summer parties and barbecues. We play volley-ball after work. Our reports get to the top management. And the most important thing of all, when we turn off our laptops in the evening, we feel like we made a difference. I might even go as far as to say I have made some truly good friends.
By now you are probably wondering why you have to know all of this. If you are a student looking for an internship or a thesis project, if you want to be surrounded by some really smart people (I don’t mean myself J), and if you want to get a V12 twin turbo boost to your career, please check our current job offers.