Internship report

Internship reports are reports which are written (and often presented) upon completion of an internship. The goal of an internship report is to provide an overview of the assignment(s) completed and lessons learned, and to reflect on the intern’s personal observations and experiences of the working environment.

The structure of internship reports vary, depending on the tasks which were assigned to the intern. Reporting on a work experience internship would focus primarily on the experiences and lessons learned from the working environment. However an internship report of a research internship might contain more academic insights such as a literature study, and might be structured more as a thesis.

Generally an internship reports consists of 10-20 pages.

To give examples of how internship reports can be structured, you can view below several sample internship report examples, collected from students who have interned in China, India, Singapore, Dubai and the USA. The following internship reports give an insight into the life on an intern within that company, the roles & responsibilities as an intern, and some information on living in that country in general.

Internship Reports - China

Siemens Real Estate, Beijing

Nadine is a management student from Germany and completed her 4.5 month internship with Siemens Real Estate in Beijing.

…internship duties:
1. Key Cost Driver Analyses,
2. Development of a financial report for real estate specific key ratios
3. Financial Statement Analysis and Reporting
4. HR related work such as Competency Management

…the typical working day:
All Siemens employees in Beijing start to work at 8.30am and have their lunch break around 12 o’clock. Usually a couple of colleagues have lunch together in one of the restaurants near their working place but a shuttle bus can also take them to the Siemens canteen. Basically after one hour everyone returns to his/her working place. Employees exchange their ideas permanently, problems are discussed openly and they support each other quite well. At 5.15.pm everybody is free to go home, but if necessary employees stay longer to complete their tasks.

…the level of mentoring:
The level of support by my boss was outstanding. He gave me interesting and challenging tasks, asked my for my opinion, we exchanged ideas and discussed not only about business related issues but also about private matters on a regular basis. I learned a lot because, though I worked independently, I always got support from him as well as from my colleagues when needed. Moreover, I could be creative which motivated to work hard, too.

…the atmosphere:
At the beginning most Chinese employees are quite shy. However, this changed as soon as I talked to them and showed interest in their work and lives. Though Chinese are very family oriented and seemingly only spend their private life with family members rather than friendly colleagues, I was integrated in a couple of Chinese families. They invited me for dinner and we also went to night-clubs together etc. So colleagues can also be friends in China.

…the compensation:
400 EUR/month + housing allowance

…the city:
Beijing is really big with its 13 mio inhabitants and full of opportunities as far as entertainment but also education is concerned. It is easy to get from one place to the other via taxi, cause it is so cheap (especially when costs are shared among the interns). Not only in the so called Russian district, where you can find a lot of Russian restaurants and night-clubs, but also in "Sanlitun" (not far away from where the Siemens interns live) you will find one bar next to the other. Moreover, there are a lot of parks such as "Summer Palace" (to my mind the most beautiful one), "Temple of Heaven", "Behai Park" etc., where you will find, in particular on the weekends, many Chinese people singing old songs and playing their traditional Chinese instruments. Close to the place where the interns live, there is the district where all the artists live, so for those who love paintings and various kinds of art...this will be the right place to be. The Great Wall is not too far away either, but I do not recommend to go to Badaling because there are too many toursits. Go, for instance, to Simatai. For those who are interested in hiking...various outdoor clubs, e.g. beijingkikers.com, offer interesting trips not only around Beijing, but also in whole China.

…the accommodation:
Accommodation was provided by Siemens. It was one of the best apartments I lived in so far. The apartment with its two bedrooms, 2 bathrooms as well as the fully equipped kitchen and the living room was shared by two interns. Cost were fully beared by Siemens.

…tip for other interns:
I already worked for Siemens Reals Estate in Munich twice and there I got in touch with the GM responsible for Siemens Real Estate China.

…summary:
Though controlling is not exactly the field I want to work in in future, my tasks were really interesting and I liked to go to work every morning...also because I had a very good relationship to my Chinese colleagues and my boss. I learned a lot not only with respect to business matters but also with regard to teamwork as well as communication and networking with other employees. Of course, the way of living and the Chinese culture is really different to what I experienced in Germany, Australia or the Ukraine when I studied there. And though the environment is really polluted and seemingly modesty, politeness and honesty among Cinese people are missing at first glance in normal life, i.e. in supermarkets etc., I found very good friends there and I do not regret to have gone to China. On the contrary, I can really recommend to go there if you are open, motivated and interested in something different.

ZF Drivetech, Hangzhou

Peter is a German student of business administration who completed his 6 month internship with ZF Drivetech in Hangzhou.

…internship duties:
As the company was a start-up, there were several tasks to carried out. My main focus was on the financial part. Main duties:
- controlling the investment budget
- analysing the material costs
- speed up localization of parts
- project planning of company set-up

…the typical working day:
8 am: begin of working day
11:30 lunch break
16:45 shuttle bus leave
As the company is located about 20 min out of the city of Xiaoshan, there is a shuttle bus from downtown to the production site. There are no taxis around the company, so you are pretty dependent on the shuttle bus.

…the level of mentoring:
My mentors were the GM and the VGM/Operation Manager. In the beginning, I was the only intern and there was a lot of work to do. I always could go to my bosses to ask them for their advice. During my time in Xiaoshan, I learned quite a lot. Especially what it means to set up a new factory in a different cultural background.

…the atmosphere:
The atmosphere in the company is very friendly. When I worked in Xiaoshan, there were just 2 Expats and me coming from out of China. Most of the Chinese colleagues are really friendly, caring and helpful. I can't tell what the atmosphere among the Chinese is like, but I suppose it is also pretty good.

…the city:
First of all, one has to know that the company is not located in Hangzhou (even though the name suggests ;-)). The company is in a city called Xiaoshan, which is actually part of the 6-million Hangzhou (but about 20 min from downtown HZ). Xiaoshan (appr. 1 Million inhabitants)is a pretty boring city with no too many leisure activities. Sure you can find massage centers or a supermarket, but going out at night is rather difficult.
But there is also a shuttle bus going to Hangzhou from the company, so I would suggest to live in Hangzhou. Hangzhou is located about 2 hours South-West of Shanghai and pretty beautiful. There is the famous West Lake, which is really popular among the Chinese people. In addition to that, you can find hills around the city, pagodas, museums and so on.

Going out at night is also a lot better than in Xiaoshan, you can even find German beer ;-). Shopping is also ok, there is a Carrefour and a Metro in Hangzhou. Other big companies in town: Bosch, Linde.

…the accommodation:
As I only lived in Xiaoshan for three months (the other 3 months I spent in Shanghai at the headquarters, because the company hadn't been set up yet), I chose Xiaoshan as the place to go. But I would strongly recommend to live in Hangzhou if you come here. There is the shuttle bus going from Hangzhou (it's about 30 - 60 mins depending on where you live in Hangzhou) and it's really worth it.
I lived in a western-style building called "California Sunshine". It was ok, the rent was 1800 RMB, which is already a lot for Xiaoshan. But the flat was nice, so I chose that one.
I also took a look at an apartment in Hangzhou, but the house owner wanted 3000 RMB per month and that was too much. When you go looking for an apartment, it's best to take a fluent-speaking Chinese person with you, it makes things a lot easier! In Hangzhou, I met a nice real estate agent, who spoke English pretty well. You can find his website under hangzhourelocation.com

…summary:
All in all, I can only say that it was the best for me to grab the chance and go to China. It's really an interesting experience for one. I wanted to learn something about the Chinese way of thinking and working. As a Westerner, it's probably not possible to understand the Chinese mentality fully, but I started to understand a tiny little bit of it.
Additionally, working for half a year at a multinational company gives you a little bit of an impression how working life might be in the future. I gained a lot of working experience, new impressions and met many new and interesting people. For me, the internship was a great benefit and so far the best, what I have experienced during my study life.

Internship Reports – Dubai

DaimlerChrysler Middle East FZE, Commercial Vehicles Department

This internship report was contributed by an IT student from Germany. He did a 12 months internship in Dubai.

…the tasks of the internship:
During the assignment at DaimlerChrysler Middle East I was mainly involved in creating software and support business processes. I developed and implemented a database solution for this department which represents the operative business with regards to sales, purchasing etc.

…a typical working day:
The working day at DaimlerChrysler starts at 9 am, however you can also start earlier if you like. In case meetings are required, one can avail of the according conference rooms, otherwise it’s operative business as usual. During some projects, one also cooperates with other teammates. For lunch the team usually goes to the Daimler-owned canteen which offers a nice variety of good food. Depending on the workload, the day would often wind out by visiting the beach or a restaurant in the evening. Sometimes, there are also soccer matches organized by colleagues.

…the level of mentoring:
During my work, I was always able to get qualitative advice from my colleagues and superiors. Apart from that, a lot of knowledge was shared with me which helped to gain a better understanding of the business processes and the company itself. It is worth mentioning that my relations to colleagues and superiors were always very uncomplicated.

…the atmosphere in the company:
The atmosphere in my department was very good. I was able to work together with very friendly and international colleagues which also helped the fun factor to be high besides the work. In general, there is a very friendly tone of communication among the colleagues.

…the salary:
I was paid a housing allowance plus a salary of 500 EUR per month.

…about the city:
Dubai is an ultimative city which offers so much that one has to book excursions on every weekend in order to be able to see at least the most important sights. In general, the people of Dubai are very friendly which is also due to their international background. Besides, there are almost only sunny days which also helps to keep the mood high. It was not only Dubai which fascinated me but also the neighbouring emirates (Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Fujarah, Ras Al Kaima etc.) and neighbouring countries (Oman!) have very interesting aspects.

Especially worthy for a sightseeing trip are of course the famous large hotels (Burj Al Arab, Jumereira Beach, Royal Mirage) and the shipping malls which boast an amazing architecture. In one’s freetime there is a multitude of activities available such as visting the cinema, sports, smoking the hookha, drinking fruit cocktails etc. These fruitcocktails in particular are worth trying – something like that is hard to find in Europe. Another thing which is good fun in Dubai is shopping. A lot of things are cheaper than in Europe due to the tax exemptions. Worthwile are also the beaches of Dubai. The sea is cristal clear and has a very pleasant temperature. This makes a combination of beach holiday and work possible!

…finding accommodation:
My accommodation was provided for by DaimlerChrysler in the World Trade Centres directly at the famous Emirate Towers. These are large 2 to 3 bedroom apartments which also offer a swimming pool and fitness centre. The location of these apartments is centrally in Dubai which makes it comfortable to reach all important points in the evening. In case you do not get accommodation, ask the company which organized your internship as it would most probably have good contacts to landlords close to the centre. You should avoid to live too far off your workplace because one can observe a big problem growing in Dubai regarding the traffic situation. More and more often there are long traffic jams in Dubai.

…about the application process:
I applied successfully to DaimerCrysler Middle East which brought me to Dubai. I think it makes more sense to directly apply there instead of going over headquarters in Germany.

…Summary:
For me the experiences in Dubai were so impressive that even today I think back on the period as the best time in my life. Work was very interesting because one had the opportunity to grow and be challenged by the colleagues. The trips to the different emirates have left great memories in my mind. Travel is very uncomplicated in the UAE because one can cheaply rent a car and is allowed to freely travel through the country. Especially the more rural areas give inisghts into the time before Dubai boomed to such an extent as it has recently.

Siemens LLC, Sales Controlling Department

Marcus was employed for a period of 4 months as an intern with Siemens LLC.

…the tasks of the internship:
In the controlling department I was responsible for various kinds of reports for headquarters of the company in Germany. However, I was also able to gain insights into other departments. Work was good fun and I was able to get to know my colleagues who were sitting right next to me better and better. It was very international: A person from Syria, Iran, Pakistan and behind me there was one from Portugal.

…first impressions:
I was welcomed very friendly by the company and introduced to all my colleagues. Then I settled on my working space and received a notebook and mobile phone. Initially, I made myself familiar according to internal guidelines into the controlling field. My colleagues are form 16 different countries which enabled me to improve my English skills. However, there are also numerous German colleagues here to which I have good relations.

…a typical working day:
The working time is normally in between 9 am and 6 pm. At Siemens, the working week goes from Sunday to Thursday; Friday and Saturday are off. Unfortunately, the office is located more than 30 minutes away from my apartment. Until my rental car arrives, I commute by taxi because the public bus system is not very recommendable. Taxis are rather cheap in Dubai and I paid for a distance of 10 kilometers less than 10 EUR.

…the level of mentoring:
If problems in my work occur, all colleagues are very helpful.

…the atmosphere in the company:
It is a very friendly and relaxed atmosphere in the office. In the ground floor of the office buildings, there are several restaurants in which I would go for lunch with my colleagues. There is an Italian restaurant which offers excellent pizzas, one of our favourites. Prices for food are very fair. During the first drive back home from work with the taxi, another car crashed into our backside on the highway. Luckily nothing severe happened. Accidents happen all the time here, in fact.
Every year there is a large company festival at Siemens. This year we celebrated at an Aquapark in which even beer was served. The park, however, was situated in the emirate Umm al Quain and not in Dubai. In the evening there was a belly-dance performace inclusive of hookah smoking.
On New Year’s eve, I was invited by my boss. He threw a party in his villa for colleagues and family. There have also been many emiratis present which gave a good insight into their private life. By the way, nobody wore a scarf. It was an excellent atmosphere and at 12 pm we went to the Burj al Arab 7 Star Hotel to see an amazing firework. It was like in a dream! After that, the party continued at the villa until 5 am.

…about leisure activities:
In the first weekend I was mainly lying besides the hotel pool and in the evenings I wandered around the little streets. In the meantime I found my favourite eating place which I visit at least 3 times per week. For 2.50 EUR altogether, one gets freshly pressed lemon juice, fries and a small chicken Shawarma. It is very cheap there and tastes really well. Shawarma is sort of a kebab with Arabian bread which tastes a little like cinnamon. These small snacks are available everywhere in Dubai.
The first two months of my time here I spent with exploring Dubai and getting to know people. Once one has built up some friendships, it becomes more fun to do some activities in one’s leisure time. It is an advantage if you find some friends in the beginning in order to spend a lot of time with them. Either colleagues or you can write to the different chambers of commerce which mostly also have interns. One should make an effort to proactively approach other people instead of waiting to get some connections. The evenings I mostly spent with other colleagues from Siemens. In Dubai most of the colleagues are a bit younger and happy to be around some fresh faces.
One thing which is very recommendable is a Safari. It is an excellent feeling to rush through the dunes on some Jeeps. There, one will be shaken around quite a bit and it is incredible what kind of crazy angles these cars can climb up. Many times a Jeep was buried in the sand but could mostly be recovered within 5 minutes. The drivers are Pros. In the evening there was a desert camp prepared. The programme consisted of henna tatoos, shisha, dinner, belly dancers, sandboarding, quads, camel rides etc. I liked the quad races on the sandtrack the most in floodlights. Altogether that trip costed 140 EUR, but was worth the money.

In the meantime, the world’s largest indoor ski-hall has been completed. For around 30 EUR it is possible to ski for a couple of hours. All equipment except for gloves and hats is included in this price. That was great fun! The lift and the ride down again take only 10 minutes but the whole thing is thought out quite well. There is even a halfpipe and a St. Moritz hut! This was a pleasant distraction form the desert and is really amazing.

…finding accommodation:
I had my accommodation in the Winchester Grand Apartment Hotel. It is great and in an excellent location. Every day fresh towels, linens, cleaning service, breakfast, sauna, 480 TV channels make life sweet over here. I especially like the pool on the rooftop of the 9th floor. Particularly in the night there is an amazing view on the city with all its lights. One can even make out the Burj al Arab Hotel. Almost every day I also attended the fitness center at my hotel. There is always a personal trainer but unfortunately only little people which makes getting to know new people a bit difficult.

…Summary:
I can highly recommend an internship with Siemens in Dubai! However, the selection process is quite tough. The time in Dubai was one of the best ones in my life!

Internship Reports – India

DaimlerChrysler Research & Technology India (Bangalore)
Research and Development

…Conclusion:
Very interesting, but not always easy

…about the tasks:
Working times were relatively flexible. It is expected to work 40 hours per week, but that was not formally controlled. The main working hours were mostly between 9:30 am and 6 pm. While the department is concerned with development services for the DaimlerChrysler AG, the emphasis of my tasks was the support of the management. The target of my project was to generate information for the top and middle management of the DaimlerChrysler AG, regarding the sector offshore outsourcing of engineer services and thus support the further process of developing a business strategy. That included tasks such as the preparation of the project portfolio, suitable for the board of directors, an analysis of the top 100 automobile subcontractors worldwide with engagement in India and the preparation of topics for a conference about offshoring to India.

…about the work atmosphere:
India has a culture that is very concerned with a harmonic working climate. Thus one feels very welcome and colleagues are extremely supportive – even though that sometimes means that problems remain unspoken. In addition to that the flexibility of the colleagues was extraordinary. They will take a new task readily; they do not need their appointment books for that. That is why it easily can occur that meetings are delayed by 1.5h, because something else happened. For a German “planning marshal” that is a big change; one has to double-check if deadlines really can be adhered to, in order to avoid surprises when it comes to the deliverables. I also would like to point out, that, compared to Germany, there is a strong culture of overstatement in India. That means that one should not take everything at face value. The hard facts and contents are found out best through causal questions and the checking of a “no problem” from other angles. The admission of not being able to handle a task is an enormous loss of face – the other big component in the Indian working routine. One has to get used to the Indian pronunciation of the English language, as they sometimes talk very fast and produce sounds differently in their accent.

…about the City:
Bangalore lost a lot of its former image and still is far away from being a Western IT stronghold. It is also discussed in the newspapers that the differences to cities such as Kolkata are appallingly small. Politicians of cities such as Pune are warning to avoid becoming like Bangalore during the growth hype. One can buy everything Western here (from L’Oreal, and O.B., to Hugo Boss, Levis and Pizza Hut) and the bars and clubs – most of which close already at 11.30 pm – are very nice. Foreign imports are in most of the cases subject to a 100 % luxury tax and the comparability to the quality of Indian products is even questioned by Indians – inexpensive and cheap is a different thing here. Moreover, the infrastructure of Bangalore is extremely overburdened: Power cuts are still the order of the day, driving through the countryside one reaches maximum speed of 30 km/h (!) and walking though the city, one has to take care not to stumble or fall into holes. Finally the prices in Bangalore increased so much over the last years that nowadays one has to pay for example for a hotel room on a European 3* level at cheapest 40 EUR, but on average rather prices starting from 80 EUR. Even though the “city of gardens” does not fulfil a European comparison and the air and noise pollution (85 db in a side road) are very exhausting, the climatic conditions are quite convenient for Europeans, with 15° Celsius in winter and 35° Celsius in summer, combined with a relatively dry atmospheric humidity (compared to the rest of the country). The city is also a good starting point for travels to the coasts of Goa or the Western Ghats in Kerala. Mysore is a must-see. While the latter is easily reached by car it is advisable to use the airplane or the train for distances over 150 km, as the roads of Karnataka are in a worse state than for instance those of Goa or Kerala.

…about the application
The application proceeded for most foreign colleagues in the DCRTI through contacts of former trainees. DaimlerChrysler advertises all internship vacancies worldwide on its homepage, yet, a direct enquiry to the HR in Bangalore can possibly also be successful. Accommodation and food (Indian vegetarian canteen) were provided for free.

ThyssenKrupp Electrical Steel India Pvt. Ltd (Nasik, Maharashtra)
Sales and Marketing

…Conclusion:
Extremely important and helpful for the personal development! One broadens his independence, self-confidence, common knowledge, views and attitudes enormously.
We were the first foreign trainees in the factory. Maybe that is the reason why we were treated like kings. We got free accommodation, food, SIM Card/ Cell phone contract and our own driver. In addition to this we received a wage that was not much in Germany but a lot in India. We were allowed to eat lunch together with the bosses, whereas other trainees of German companies in Nasik as well as all over India had to eat in the workers canteen or on the streets. Compared to other trainees who have to pay for the transport to work, food and own excursions, we really led a life in luxury. However there was the disadvantage that our company was far out of town and that, depending on the traffic, we needed 40-50 minutes to go to town.

…about the tasks:
Work timings were Monday till Friday from 9.00 am –18.30 pm and most of the time were strictly adhered to. Other German companies only had one free day per week, Saturday or Sunday. The workload was ok. I had to ask for tasks more often than I received them. It rather was a peek into everything and there were no major projects. I was working on normal bureau tasks, such as generating overviews in Excel, Word or PowerPoint.

… about the work atmosphere:
We were employed in the Marketing department with about 10 employees (about 4 bosses with one assistant each). That is why everything was quite familiar and comfortable. The doors to the bosses’ offices were always open, which eased the cooperation between boss and assistant (shouting through the office). I had my own workspace with telephone, laptop and Internet access. Again another advantage, as other trainees told me that they had no Internet access and could send emails only internally. The internship was well organized beforehand, with pickup from the airport, an initial presentation of the company and the bosses of all departments as well as the preparation of a schedule. In between, for example on holidays, we had some time off to travel a bit in India.

…about the city:
Nasik is in the state of Maharashtra and about 180 km (or 4 hours drive) off Mumbai. There are about 2 million inhabitants, but the size of the city is comparable to a 100,000 inhabitant city in Germany. Until now there are no discos, clubs or bars. McDonalds opened in 2005. For shopping or nightlife, one has to go the next big city (in this case to Mumbai). Without the trainees of other companies it would have been boring. All Indian cities are quite dirty and horrible for European lungs. Apart from that, the city is fantastic: The religions, the culture, the clothing, the sights, the friendliness of the people, the size and diversity of the country, the climate and the food – all is totally different in comparison to the West. Every day one will discover something new and fascinating and one thing is true and will be affirmed by everyone, who already was in India: In India nothing is impossible!
…about the application:
I had sent an email with all documents to the former MD. There was another colleague, who due to a TK trainee program in Germany spent three months here. Another trainee came here through relations. After sending my email I got a positive answer without any further talk or anything else. In my opinion it was rather luck than anything else, as the trainees of other companies mostly came through personal relations to India.

What I love about India:
• In winter the temperatures are never below 25° Celsius and for months no clouds or rain
• Manifold and well seasoned food
• Driving motorcycles without a helmet
• A package of aspirin for 20 Cent and antibiotics without prescription
• A three-course menu in a restaurant for 3 EUR
• A custom-made suit for 60-100 EUR depending on the fabrics
• A week of dream holiday in Goa with food and accommodation for 50 EUR
• Infinite helpfulness and hospitality of the Indians
• The attitude of taking care for the wellbeing of others before the own and then remain quiet in situations, in which Europeans would tick out (a rear-end collision is shortly discussed and then everybody continues: When there are floods, there is no traffic chaos or crisis, but everybody helps everybody and life goes on normally)
• They are always happy, even when they are living in a paper hut with no electricity and water from the river
• Unconditional acceptation and problem-free living together of very distinct religions
• Infinite freedom and unconfined possibilities

What I dislike about India:
• Noise and smelliness in the cities.

Internship Reports – Singapore

Siemens Pte Ltd

Corporate Information Office
Internship Period: 6 months

…internship duties:
Working on a project about Business Continuity Planning, writing a thesis about the topic at the same time.

…the typical working day: Breakfast, answering of e-mail, working on the topic, no typical working day, as it is very much depending on the project. Working on powerpoint slides and upgrading the intranet for the project. Meeting with the supervisor every second day. One meeting a week with the head of department.

…the level of mentoring:
not a lot of mentorship, you get very good support and backing from the supervisors, but a lot is depending on own performance and motivation. Learning by doing, you can ask around and always get help, but nobody will sit besides you and explain step by step.

…the atmosphere:
Siemens is an engineering company, never forget, it is a quite structured and project oriented organization. All people are well motivated and willing to work on projects at CIO, the managers are very nice people and atmosphere is good!
…the compensation: 1.200 SGD/month
…the city: good, everything is in reach, perfect travelling opportunities, the clubbing is good, and on next day you can go to the beach and continue partying or go jogging at nature reservoir, everything is so close together. Very convenient.
…the accomodation: in Elizabeth street, Elizabeth towers, in the middle of the city. The place is good. Price: 600 SGD/ month.
…tip for other interns: come over and talk a lot to a lot of people, someone always knows someone...
…summary: it is a very good time I spent here, who ever likes it hot, come to Singapore!

DaimlerChrysler South East Asia

Development Sales Organisation
Internship Period: 6 months
…internship duties:
The focus of the internship was on professional project management and coordination. The topics during the internship were very interesting in this department as there is a lot of contact to outside parties, DC SEA being the headquarter of the region. Interns are very well involved into projects there. There are regular events such as lunches or dinners with the department on special occasions, e.g. when an intern leaves.

…the typical working day:
Working hours from 9 am to 6 or 7 pm; in case of important deadlines also longer.

…the level of mentoring:
The level of mentoring was good, I reported to the General Manager and had meetings with him each week. The feedback could have been a bit more.

…the atmosphere:
The atmosphere was really good, one has the possibility to get to know a lot of high calibre managers. Many other interns also which was nice. The team was very pleasant and helpful and of international composition.

…the compensation:
1.500 SGD/month

…the city:
Amazing city, superb nightlife, so many bars and beautiful restaurants, very friendly people. Also a lot of excursion possibilities (e.g. to Indonesia or Malaysia).

…tip for other interns:
It is best to send the application directly to Singapore instead of going the way over headquarters in Stuttgart. Check out singapore-interns.com for the intern community in the city.

…summary:
My best internship so far, would do it again at any time.

Cisco Systems

Market Analysis & Business case presentation
Internship period: 6 months

…internship duties:
Built business case for senior management buy-in, for greater focus on Retail Business Solutions in Asia Pacific. Analyzed and identified potential areas in retail (such as POS, in-store media, etc) to focus resources appropriately. Built business case for senior management buy-in, for specific Healthcare Business Solution in Asia Pacific and country specific cases for China and Taiwan. Market Analysis and Sizing for Supply Chain and Real Estate industries to ascertain market potential for specific Cisco Business Solutions in APAC.

…the typical working day:
read research reports from Gartner, IDC, etc. Search on the net for pain points for Cisco solutions.

…the level of mentoring:
High level of mentorship with a lot of responsibility and ownership.

…the atmosphere:
Made you feel like an employee. At home.

…the city:
Great place to party.

…the compensation:
2000 SGD/month

…summary:
Excellent learning experience

Swiss House Singapore

Internship Period: 3 months

…internship duties:
I was in charge of organizing events organized by the Swiss House Singapore or attended by the Swiss House Singapore. In the job description it is called project management.

…the typical working day:
The day starts at 9 am. The first task would always be to check your mailbox and clear the inbox, which means you answer enquiries and questions. Often you would also find emails from your supervisor with new jobs and remarks on emails you have sent or things you have organized. Furthermore there are often invitations to events of external parties, which you are welcome to attend frequently and so you would subscribe there. After that you would organize yourself and form your own jobs list for the day. At least once a week you would have to explain to you boss what the status quo of your jobs is, what has been done, and where a follow-up is needed. Your boss would give you feedback and instructions for the following week. At the same time you would also see what your colleagues are doing and so you get a nice picture of all the company activities. Once a week you would attend the staff meeting at the Swiss Embassy, since the Swiss House Singapore belongs by law to the Swiss Embassy. That gives you a nice impression what an Embassy is doing.
The day officially ends at 6pm. But since it is a small and young company, comparable to a start-up, late hours are done frequently. You know, that nobody else would do the job for you, and the things need to be done. But with some commitment to the company it is easy to work until seven or sometimes even longer. Probably that is also a bit the Asian work style.

…the level of mentoring:
The mentorship by the supervisor depends a lot of you. If your supervisor sees that you fulfil your tasks very well you could work very independently. In case you did something wrong or not in the proper way, you would either experience the effect of it yourself or your supervisor would get back to you. The learning effect is, that you would learn to remember many different events and projects, which are in the pipeline at the same time. You learn to give priority to the more important or urgent tasks and you learn how to deal with people.

…the atmosphere:
The atmosphere in the company depends a lot of the current interns who work there. As for the permanent staff it can be said, that the assistant is the quiet point in the office, who knows a lot about the daily work and is always willing to help you if there are questions or if you have any emergency. As for your supervisor, she has a lot of appointments and external events to attend and many people to see. It is not too difficult to get along with her, once you found out how much of control she wants to have.

…the compensation:
750 SGD/month + accommodation

…the city:
Singapore is very convenient to live. It is a very clean and secure city. Public transport is very reliable and the weather is quite warm, but with all the air condition inside it is no problem. The nightlife is quite fun, since there are many clubs around, but you would also always meet expats or other interns working in Singapore from all over the world.

…the accommodation:
I shared a flat with some other people. My company organized it. On your own it is not as easy to find a flat, but once you are in town/ country it is not so much of a problem anymore. There are many agents around who are willing to help you.

…summary:
The internship is definetely a great experience for people who have not been in Asia yet and who have a little bit, but not too much of work experience. You learn how work live can be and you get smoothly introduced to the Asian world since you get Chinese, Indian, Malay and Western culture at the same time here in Singapore.

Internship Reports – USA

Infineon Technologies North America Corp.

Cyrus studies Business Administration in Germany and worked as a trainee from October 2006 until February 2007 at Infineon in San Jose, USA.

Tasks during the Internship:
My main task was the creation of a market analysis of a certain Infineon product. At this the market capacity and market share of competitors were of special importance. In addition to this, I always had to inform my superior about contemporary changes as well as presenting a speech about the actual state of affairs every month. Furthermore, I had general assistance functions, for instance the creation of Pivot chart tables, PowerPoint presentations and correction tasks. Ultimately, there were many tasks lying ahead of me, but multifaceted ones, which, to a certain degree, made the job exciting.

Working day:
The core working hours were eight hours daily; adhering to these was no problem, as there always was enough work to be done. A desired starting time was at 9 am and lunch break usually started at 12: 30 pm and lasted about one hour. It is important to mention that there was no canteen and as result one had to eat lunch in a restaurant. Due to the expense factor this arrangement was not an optimal one. After having lunch, I usually stayed in office until 6 pm, which in most cases was enough time to finish my tasks.

Support:
The support of my fellow employees always was sensational, both in personal contact and during work. In this context, I would like to point out that my two superiors have at all times created an open working atmosphere and always had a sympathetic ear for questions. Furthermore, they succeeded in giving variety to the tasks and precise formulated tasks.

Atmosphere:
Resulting from the fact that I had colleagues from all over the world, I had the chance to gain a lot of fruitful experiences from their way of solving problems. The atmosphere among us was respectful, stimulating and sometimes even very funny. In a whole, a very productive and constructive atmosphere emerged from that, which was always relaxed through collective joking. Another very important advantage was the fact of being treated seriously even as a trainee, which resulted in another motivation boost. By the way, I would like to mention that every month there was a cake-eating in the coffee kitchen. In a whole the atmosphere was very agreeable and I had the feeling that I could pose a question anytime, which was very relaxing.

Allowance:
3280$ per month, deducting 300$ for car rental (only if you like, but I would suggest it), deducting rent (400$-800$).

The City:
In the beginning the office where I worked in was in the centre of San Jose, but then we moved to an office in Milpitas. This does not really make a difference, but I am mentioning this because of the actuality.
The whole Bay area in California is gorgeous and multifaceted. The city of San Jose is rather boring, and offers not many attractions, except for a few awesome restaurants. But it is in the vicinity of San Francisco (about 40 minutes by car from San Jose) and that city is absolutely stunning. There are endless attractions, such as the Golden gate Bridge, the Golden Gate Park, Fisherman’s Wharf, Fort Mason (especially for whale watching), Union Square, the Bank of America building, Nob Hill, the Marriot hotel bar, Chinatown, the marina, Bay Bridge, Treasure Island and many more. Moreover there are so many more things to do in the Bay Area outside of the cities, such as Monterrey, Santa Cruz, Point Lobos, Half Moon Bay, Redwoods, Napa Valley, Highway 1 and many more.
There are almost no limits in activities; you can also get active in surfing or skiing. All in all the whole area around San Jose is a perfect dream and you can perfectly design every weekend.

Accommodation:
Infineon provides a “housing list”; on this list there are about 40-50 accommodations of former trainees. There is something for everyone. I lived with an older couple and it was recommendable, as I had everything at my disposal, such as Internet connection, a garden, vicinity to my working place and it was cost efficient (365$). If required: The name is Bonny Robertson (contact details on the list).

How did you get this internship?
I have worked before for Infineon as a working student and simply applied internally.

Bottom line:
Ultimately, I can only recommend this internship. Not only the 1000 facets of the Californian Bay Area, but also the interesting tasks that awaited me at Infineon, are leading me to this decision. It simply was a fantastic experience to communicate with so many different people and also apply myself. You have a certain liability as a trainee and from my point of view this is not really self-evident. I have learned a lot from this experience and I reasonably developed through it.

Siemens Corporate Research

Stefan is a studying for his degree in Master of Science in Software development in Austria. He finished his internship from November 2006 until May 2007 at Siemens Corporate Research in Princeton, USA.

Tasks during the internship:
Research in the domain RFID and wireless sensor networks, development of prototypes.

The Working Day:
Siemens Corporate Research deals in a very uncommon way regarding the working times of the employees. The building is opened from 6 am until 10 pm; during this time you can enter it and also have to leave it. The working time can be arranged freely during these time limits. Lunch break is usually at 12:30 pm. A large part of the trainees meets to go to eat together in one of the adjacent restaurants. Most of the trainees are in one of the typical American cubicles. Only few are as lucky as I was and get a big office with windows and colleagues to chat with.

Mentoring:
Every trainee is assigned to a supervisor. He is available for all questions. Together with him the next project is talked over and ideas for further development are discussed.

Atmosphere:
At Siemens Corporate Research in Princeton one clearly feels the German origins of the company. For instance, there is no dress code, as it is common in the USA. The major part of the 200 trainees (with 300 permanent employees) comes from Germany, Austria and Switzerland; therefore there is a lot of German spoken in the building. However, as many Indians and Chinese are working for the Siemens Corporate Research, there are enough opportunities to get to know other cultures. I am, for instance, working in a team with a German, a Chinese, a Turk, a Bulgarian (who studies in France) and an American. Our supervisor is Indian and his superior is Slovak.

Salary:
1400$ and a rental car or 1800$ for students
1800$ and a rental car or 2200$ for trainees with a masters degree

City and surroundings
Princeton is a nice little University City in Jersey. The weather is agreeably mild, except for a few days in winter when there is a possibility of blizzards. Regular parties allow chequered leisure activities and the opportunity of making intercultural contacts. New York is especially appealing. New York is about one hour distance to Princeton and offers almost infinite opportunities, both from a cultural and culinary point of view. Philadelphia also is about one hour distance from Princeton. Even Washington DC is reached within 3,5 hours by car. Thus there are enough destinations for spending the leisure time.

Accommodation:
During the first 14 days Siemens Corporate Research pays for a hotel room. During this time every trainee has to search for accommodation. The Intern-Mailing list, a list of known landlords and web pages are helpful during the search. However, living in and around Princeton is quite expensive (500$ to 800$ for a room).

How did you get the internship?
The internship was advertised at my university in order to increase the corporation between the university and Siemens Corporate Research.