Reports of successful SMT interns

Lauder Business School is proud of its successful alumni working around the globe for top companies or developing their own businesses. Some of the alumni have done their first internships using the Erasmus + funding and are willing to share their experiences, as well as to explain how studying at LBS has contributed to their professional development and career.

Cefi Askin (IBA 2013), Istanbul, Turkey

Askin_picThe company that I choose to do my internship was “Conta Flexible Products”. It is located in Gebze, an industrial town located in the city of Kocaeli, next to Istanbul.  I worked in Conta for 4 months and it was a really good experience not just because it was in my home country but also because it was an internship of Erasmus+ program. My internship at Conta Flexible Products was really beneficial for me both on personal level and working experience. I had the chance to find out what do I lack in regards of basic business life and what my strong points are. I implemented my courses that I took on LBS on my working ethics and they came out successful as I got compliments both on my work and my way of thinking. I did my best to put out all the education that I received on LBS in order to create a better future for me and prove that any student that is coming from LBS has the required skills to be a part of the business life. The evaluation that my employer gave out proves my intentions positively, as they were happy regarding my performance and they will be happy to accept prospective interns from LBS. I spent 4 productive months at Conta Flexible Products and concluded my internship on high notes.

Karen Kochmann (IBA 2013), Valencia, Spain

Kochmann_Pic  During the course of the internship, I had the opportunity to work for Expedia, a worldwide leading online travel company. I could definitely say that is has been one of the best if not the best experience I have had in my professional life. Throughout the 4 months of internship my primary responsibility was to ensure that Expedia’s hotel which were assigned to me to take care of, remained competitive, attractive and company relevant. I was continuously working with the hotel partners by presenting them the advantages of Expedia’s market place for their businesses. In this process, I not only grew professionally but personally through the well-structured and supportive company culture that Expedia has.

As well as acquiring skills and knowledge I was able to implement different competences acquired during my studies at LBS mostly related to finance, psychology and communication areas. This experience helped me finding more about myself and understanding how to work with my different qualities in order to make the best out of them at work and in my daily life. Overall, this opportunity opened me the doors to a professional future in one of the best known companies in the world which, I believe, is what a 21 years old student is looking for the most.

 

Daniel Mor (IBA 2013), Barcelona, Spain

I wMor_Picas doing my internship in Barcelona for 4 months. During my internship I have acquired plenty of professional knowledge as well as cultural understanding towards the Spanish culture. I have noticed that the cultural characteristics between the German-speaking, Spanish and Israeli culture have similarities as well as differences. The German-speaking culture is more formal and physical proximity is often more absent, while the Spanish culture has closer proximity that is similar to the Israeli culture. In addition, working habits and processes tend to be more flexible and adjustable to particular situations, and less strict than in a German-speaking context.

My internship at Suitelife has been in the real estate industry and focused mainly on Online Marketing, Writing original content and SEO among other jobs with the goal of increasing more traffic to the company website. The company staff was relatively small and the different jobs were distributed among all of the staff on a weekly basis. Each day started at 10am until 7pm, and every Monday we had a KPI meeting in order to monitor the web site performance and define objectives for the following week.

The internship helped me to gain valuable knowledge regarding online marketing as well as managing a business in the real estate market. Therefore I am sure that the knowledge I have gathered in the last 4 months will contribute greatly to my future career and the practical experience will help me to fulfill my full potential and to understanding towards other cultures.

Melih Motola (IBA 2013), Istanbul, Turkey

Motola_PicFor my internship I have worked at d.ream (Dogus Entertainment and Management Company ) in Istanbul,Turkey. During 5 months of internship I was an Sales Intern at Sales Department. The department which I was affiliated with was mainly responsible for selling group organizations  under the roof of d.ream restaurants according to the customers’ budget and needs.

Under d.ream company we had more than 40 restaurants which all had different cuisines and tastes. All of these restaurants had different specialties. Some of them had few, some of them had big meeting rooms, which companies can rent and have a meeting while having dinner privately.  I was responsible for creating, developing and sending our offers to our customers for these restaurants based on their needs. In case of a positive return I was also responsible for organizing the event. The job required good communication skills within and outside the company, plus a good understanding and sensing of the customer’s needs to make the right sale. Combining the communication and sales skills that I had gained at LBS, d.ream company led me one step ahead compared to other interns. Moreover I was also responsible presenting the weekly sales data and creating some offer documents. The knowledge and presentation skills gained in IT classes at LBS helped me through this process.

Having this opportunity and experience at d.ream  company was a privilege for me. To be a part of this of one of the biggest companies in Turkey helped me to improve my sales and computing skills. Most importantly regarding to my past experiences as a first time I experienced how corporate companies set their goals and strategies and make their sales to achieve these goals.

Itay R. (IBA 2013), Aachen, Germany

I spent the last semester of my studies in Aachen –Germany working   for “ZENTIS”.  Zentis is a sweet Producer Company specialized in production of Marzipans, fruit preparations and chocolate.Rosenblum_Pic

Being there, I was assigned to their controlling and consolidation department. I was responsible for internal company calculations, analysis of performance, controlling of financial reports and interaction with the subsidiaries’ controllers positioned abroad.  As a non-native speaker of German working in a German speaking company I have also gained the possibility to improve my language skills, being mostly required to interact in German.

Having the opportunity to work and live in Germany and the requirement to adjust to a different working culture has also contributed to my personal development, enriching my “tool box” of   traits and dispositions to be used to anticipate life situations and personal expectations in diverse work frames.

Merita Rousso (IBA 2013), Barcelona, Spain

During my Professional Practical Training period I choose to go to Barcelona, Spain in Rosa dels Vents GroupRousso_Pic. At the beginning I was thinking to stay in Vienna, but when I reconsider it, I realized that this is the time for me to explore more and more places. Spain and especially Barcelona was always one of the places that I wanted to visit and try to stay for some time. The job opportunity that I found there with the combination of Erasmus + funding, they were two important incentives for me to take that decision.

The fact that I had a knowledge of the Spanish language but due to the fact that I did not practice it for many years was one more boost for me to go to that country, for practicing Spanish. I think I managed to improve my language skills by pressing myself to speak everyday with my colleagues Spanish but even with my new friends. The company that I worked in, it consists from different kind of businesses; “Hotels and Apartments-RV Hotels”, “Urbany Hostels”, Summer Camps in Catalonia and Summer Language Camps Abroad.

My role in the company was in the International Sales department for promoting our programs in England, Ireland and Malta to other agencies around Europe, Russia and China. I huddled many challenges during my internship dealing with many people with different culture backgrounds and perceptions. The fact that LBS environment is extremely multicultural with many opportunities of working all the time in teams with a high degree of diversity, it made my adaptation easier to the organizational environment of the company as well as to the negotiations that I had with many people of different nationalities for selling our programs. I strongly believe that this internship opportunity abroad made me to meet not only one more culture pretty well but how I can be part of it and work according its standards.

David Rozsa (IBA 2013), Budapest, Hungary

Rozsa_picI believe all of us have thought about before the first job or imagined the first workplace where he or she will start his or her carrier after finishing at LBS. If you think that it’s an important decision to make, then you are totally right about it. It’s extremely important to find a position where you could try yourself out and discover all the possible potentials within you. After living in several countries, I have decided to move back to Budapest to my hometown and use all the advantages which were given due to the fact that I’m a native Hungarian speaker and know the Hungarian mentality quite well. However, this could be very useful in different life situations, especially when you are doing business with the local people and would like to succeed as an intern.

I have started to work for an international wholesale company which is producing optical glasses and sunglasses in the Far East. My official job title was “sales representative” which means that I was not only involved in the sales process, but also in creating different marketing strategies for social media for instance. I had to organize smaller and bigger quantity of shipment domestically and internationally too. Moreover, I was able to use and implement the knowledge what I have gained at LBS. For instance when I had to give professional presentations to our clients or to my colleagues.

I’m self-supporting ever since I started my journey in the world. This financial aid from the Erasmus funding was extremely helpful and made everything a lot simpler.

Asaf Vider (IBA 2013), Barcelona, Spain

Vider_picFor my mandatory internship I went to work for the SuiteLife Real Estate Company located in Barcelona, in the field of online marketing. Shortly after my arrival I understood that the working culture of Spain varies immensely than any other that I have encountered in my past. To begin with, the working hours were from 10 in the morning to 7 in the afternoon. This fact, together with the different pacing of life in Barcelona took a while to get used to. After regulating my sleeping hours and changing my daily activities to fit my working hours I started getting used to the lifestyle of living in Barcelona, though personally I tend to prefer waking up and starting to work earlier so that I may finish working sooner than sleeping through most of the morning.

Working in the field of online marketing came naturally to me, as I had previous working experience in the field of IT. I was in charge of various assignments, some of which were directly related to real estate and every day management of apartments for rent and sale in the firm while others were entirely online marketing related such as SEO, blogging and creating landing pages. At the beginning of each week we held a KPI meeting to monitor our progress in achieving more visits to the SuiteLife website, and after four months we managed to increase our individual visits to the website by almost 30%. My internship experience in Barcelona taught me a lot about different cultures and of course about the field of online marketing. Learning in Lauder Business School had greatly affected the way I was able to adapt to the different cultures I encountered during my internship while naturally giving me greater knowledge and preparation for my tasks as an intern. I believe that this experience contributed in many facets to my work experience and will assist me in the future.

Aviad Zilbershatz (IBA 2013), Amsterdam, Netherlands

Working for Ticketbar Zilbershatz_Pichas been a great experience. In fact, I have been working for this company in the past year and a half as a remote agent. Working from afar was pleasant, but I have decided to do my internship there in order to experience the company for real and to get to know my colleagues better. Ticketbar is a Dutch company, but currently most of the operations are done in Barcelona and Portugal. The whole idea of the company is to be an online ticket provider for museums, attractions, tours and excursions all over the world at discounted rates or with other great benefits such as “skip the line”. The company is small and yet truly international (no one could even speak decent Spanish in the office in Barcelona). I was pleased to work with interns from China, Bulgaria, Italy, Greece, Russia, France, Germany, Poland and Holland.

I was the only Israeli in the company and I was in charge of bringing and promoting Ticketbar in the Israeli market. My job comprised of two main tasks. The first task included an online market research in Israel in order to find potential partner websites/travel agencies who may be interested in providing our services on their platforms. Once I had all of the potential partners listed, I had to contact them, offer them our services, negotiate and close partnership deals with them. The second task was to optimize our website www.ticketbar.eu for Hebrew speakers. Apart from translating content to Hebrew, I had to make sure that the website is presentable for Hebrew speakers. I was doing usability checks and layout adjustments and worked with the developers in order to improve the website.

Despite the fact that I have been the only person working for the Israeli market, the support and collaboration from my colleagues were incredible. Technical aspects such as product integrations were always taken care of quickly and efficiently, even though Hebrew related tasks were considered to be the most difficult tasks for non-Hebrew speakers.

To sum up, moving to a different country and working in an international environment have contributed greatly to my knowledge and experience. I have been able to implement my knowledge regarding cultural differences and see how things really work in the truly globalized world of the 21st century.

Ion Buracovschi (IBA 2012), Budapest, Hungary

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During my internship, I have worked at Legalis Global in Budapest Hungary. My position was Legal Recruitment Assistant, where I activated as a legal recruiter, which involved headhunting lawyers for the biggest international law firms (private practice), as well as for well-known companies (in-house).

My tasks have included reaching out to clients and proposing our services, reaching out to candidates for a specific role which we had to fill, pre-screening candidates through telephone interviews and assessing their skills and competences. Furthermore, I had to keep track of the candidate’s hiring process and attend the weekly meetings where any updates on the legal markets have been discussed. During the meetings I had to take notes and hand in the report to the management. Moreover, my tasks also included keeping the company database updated and writing candidate CVs according to Legalis Global norms.

The company is multicultural and the working environment is positive. Various incentives were carried out by the management in order to motivate the employees and the interns. LBS courses have helped me significantly in my job in terms of business ethics, interviewing techniques, customer service, computer skills, talent management, etc.

I strongly believe that the internship at Legalis Global was beneficial for my future career as I learned multiple thing regarding Human Resources, legal markets in general as well as how an organization works and how successful employees should behave in a company.

Nir Dichno (IBA 2012), Bucharest, Romania

Dichno_website_pic_v1.0_20150612During my 6th semester in LBS, I have completed my practical training in an international Oil & Gas Company in Romania. The time that I spent in the company was an incomparable experience, which contributed to my professional as well as to my personal development.

I was assigned to work with the commercial team. As an intern I had to fulfil a variety of tasks under strict deadlines and with expected high quality outcomes. The scope of work included market research and analysis of Oil & Gas markets in East-European countries, financial analysis and modelling of the current company asset, as well financial modelling and analyzing of potential investment for the company in East-Europe. I also had the chance to participate in very interesting meetings with governmental companies and was responsible for the minutes of those meetings.

The Oil & Gas industry is a fascinating sector, which I find very interesting. With the support of Erasmus I gained the chance to work in an international environment with a diversity of cultures from all around the globe and develop my professional and personal skills and knowledge.

 

Shani Freund (IBA 2012), Bremen, Germany

Freund_website_pic_v1.0_20150610The Erasmus internship was a great way to gain practical experience abroad. I was working in the project management office at the KAEFER Isoliertechnik headquarters in Bremen, Germany.

KAEFER is the world’s largest provider for complete insulation solutions. KAEFER executes business in 3 divisions: construction, industry, marine and offshore.

My main tasks were:

  • Support the management and further development of the international project management qualification program for KAEFERs 50 subsidiaries worldwide (e.g. Netherlands, Brazil, Qatar, etc.).
  • Support the planning and execution of KAEFERs strategic corporate projects and the administration of professional development of “KAEFER academy”, such as Project Management Professional certification Model, Integrating PLC, Iso and Lean, etc.
  • Assist the corporate human resources department

The internship turned out to be better than I expected: I learned a lot on the professional as well as on the personal level. This was an unforgettable experience that exposed me to the business world, new cultures, and languages.

Iris Gorelik (IBA 2012), Barcelona, Spain

Gorelik_website_pic_v1.0_20150610As an Israeli you are exposed to quite a few extremely different cultures from the moment you are born, since Israel is known for its “melting pot” population. The intercultural classes and workshops I have attended at Lauder Business School, and the fact that I was surrounded by students from all across the world, have prepared me even more for the Erasmus experience. I have always loved Spanish, and took it as an extra language course in LBS, so for me it was never a dilemma when it came to the question of where I should do my internship. The fact that I had a friend in Barcelona made this decision even easier, and gave me the privilege to understand the Spanish culture more profoundly, including the Catalan battle and the independence dilemma. The Spanish nation always seemed to me like a mixture of the Western European culture and the Latin American culture: not too strict but not too loose – a perfect combination.

I was working as a business developer intern in Production Media Network, which is located in Barcelona’s World Trade Center. It is a very international building complex, where you basically hear in one elevator ride French, German, Spanish, and English. Only in my office I was surrounded by interns from more than 8 countries. I was working in one of the company’s main websites: modelmanagement.com. It is basically a platform which helps industry professionals, agencies, and models communicate with each other. To understand profoundly the company’s objectives, I had to be a part of it, just like the rest of the employees, so I have shared with them the daily tasks, from client service to members’ moderation. I could apply in my work the knowledge I had gained in the marketing classes, especially during the brainstorming sessions which were set and operated by the interns’ initiative. Furthermore, I used my intercultural and financial knowledge from LBS to develop a project that will help the company expand internationally.

The interaction of the interns did not end when the working day was over. We went to the beach, we attended house parties where I have met even more international students, we celebrated each other’s birthdays, and went on trips together. The opportunity to be exposed to others’ perspectives of life, and their way of thinking, their life attitude not only helps me to pursue my future dream career (which will definitely be related to cultural psychology), but mainly to the development of my personality. No matter how many cultural classes you will take, you will never truly comprehend someone else’s culture until you will experience it on your own flesh and bones. Dramatically as it may sound, it is the reality, and if you have at least a pinch of an interest in occupying a vacancy in which you will have to deal with intercultural clients and/or colleagues, it is the best thing you can add to your knowledge and your CV.

 

Ziv Maoz (IBA 2012), Berlin, Germany

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My name is Ziv Maoz and I am 21 years old. I am a 3rd year student of business and management majoring in finance at Lauder Business School in Vienna, Austria. In the last semester of my University we complete a practical training internship. I have always wanted to gain international work experience and I could fulfill it with the help of Erasmus.

I was accepted into a Real Estate company in Berlin, Germany. My salary was low but I knew the experience I will gain would be worth my time. In addition, the Erasmus fund helped my tremendously with other expenses such as the traveling, rent and other living costs.

In the company I was going through most of the departments in order to really get a sense of the firm from the core. Hereby are several examples; e.g. as a salesman in the marketing department. I went to many houses the company possesses and worked as a real estate agent, showing the product to the people, answering questions, giving advice and sometimes even find a suitable person to close the deal. After a while I moved to be a Manager Assistant. I was responsible for big amount of the company’s equipment, from a simple pen to every car that the firm has. I had to take care of the right orders, and to control the equipment, i.e. checking that nobody used too much gasoline for their cars. Several times I got involved with car dealerships to order new cars or to replace a defect one.

The company I was working for also expanded when I arrived so I was responsible for budgeting the new offices. After that I was in the construction department, where I learned how the architects are planning the houses to better suit for the new customers, or how to budget each house separately and still maintain the quality, and also how to negotiate with construction companies for the best prices.

Later on I moved to the facility management where I was accepting and managing many complaints from our customers in order to direct them to the right person, thus to make sure the situation will be settled as soon as possible.

Throughout my university studies I was working in groups at least half of the time, which had a positive effect during my work experience, where I had to share my thoughts and work with others above and below my position. Given that we had workers from many places around the globe, any of my psychology classes helped me to better understand my fellow workers and their cultures. Most of my work was in the German language, which I had learned at LBS. In addition every marketing and finance class I had helped in budgeting and calculating for the firm or in knowing many marketing strategies. My future goals are to continue in the real estate industry whether as an entrepreneur or as an employee.

Living in Berlin had definitely its benefits; it is one of the most cosmopolitan cities I have ever seen. In a nutshell it means people from all over the world, great nightlife, relatively cheap living costs, and suitable for many classes of the society. I hope that my experience can help more people to opt for an Erasmus internship.

 

Artem Bielozorov (IML 2014), Limerick, Ireland

During three months, I have been working at TRANSLIT, the organization, which Bielozorov_picspecializes in providing Company Formation, Interpreting, Translation and Consulting services. The company is based in Ireland and has two offices in Limerick and in Cork.

I was at the position of Office Manager and had a large array of responsibilities such as dealing with clients and partners, coordinating the work of both offices, managing projects, making sales calls, etc. Furthermore, I was deeply involved in marketing activities by developing and holding marketing campaigns and assisting in designing annual marketing plans. I have been also representing the company on different business meetings where I was conducting presentations, talking about current company’s achievements and prospective plans and aspirations, answering questions, and establishing business contacts with other entrepreneurs.

Apart from cultivating professional skills, work at TRANSLIT was a great experience in terms of intercultural communication, as I have been closely working with colleagues from Ireland, Poland, Germany and Italy.

All the duties and projects I was assigned to, were highly relevant to the IML degree program and thanks to Lauder Business School I could easily adapt to multicultural environment. Furthermore, I could easily grasp the idea of the given task and deliver the results of the highest quality.

This work and my stay in Ireland are an absolutely unforgettable and valuable experience. I am very grateful to Lauder Business School and the Erasmus+ Team for encouraging me to do this internship and assisting with all the documents and visa related issues.

Tamir Israely (IBA 2014), Barcelona, Spain

Tamir_picI spent 3 sunny months in Barcelona, Spain. When I first got there it was a bit hard to get accustomed to the time differences. The funny thing about it is that there is not really a time difference between Vienna to Barcelona but in terms of culture there is huge one, i.e. ours of work, meals time and party time. As you have probably heard Spanish people like to take their time – and indeed it is not a cliché.

I was working in a real estate company in the online marketing department. The job was really interesting and varied. Although I am well familiar with the online marketing realm I was able to learn a lot. I was responsible for the SEO (search engine optimization) for the company’s website, which involves making the company’s website more user- and search engine friendly. Good SEO practices can drive a lot of website’s traffic and convert this traffic to paying customers. SEO will directly influence the company’s revenue and its success. Therefore expertise in this field is highly important for modern business.

My day usually started around 10AM, then each worker had his own personal tasks and twice a week we had a marketing meeting. On those meetings each of us spoke about what we had accomplished so far and what are our future predictions. At the end of the meeting each of us suggested ideas and we got feedback on our ideas and accomplishments from our peers as well from our direct supervisor.

This summer internship contributed a lot to my online marketing knowledge as well to my business understanding. I have seen a lot of aspects that I liked in the company culture and some that I did not. I believe that I have learned in these 3 months more than in one year at school. With that being said I think that a combination of studies and work experience is the right formula for a successful future career.

Radomyselskyy Ihor (IML 2014), Warsaw, Poland

I am very happy that I have had the opportunity to participate in th1e Erasmus+ internship program. It gave me the possibility to work abroad and gain very useful experience.

I worked as a project manager in the IT company “White Label IT Outsourcing”, Warsaw, Poland. The IT industry is one of the fastest developing fields in the international businesses. As a project manager, all the knowledge I acquired during my studies in the Master program in International Management and Leadership at Lauder Business School perfectly complemented my function.

The main field of business activity of this company is developing web-sites and mobile applications. Usually, it caters to the clients of start-ups or is designing new projects and services, which was very interesting for me. Most of the employees, managers and company owners are young and talented people; hence my working environment was very international and fomented the creativity. My position as the project manager required profound knowledge in business processes, communication and presentation skills. The most important experiences I gained during my internship were the improvement of my communication skills in an international working environment and the specific knowledge of the IT sector. I am grateful to LBS and Erasmus for this opportunity.