Isabelle is currently doing her internship remotely. Tell us a little bit about yourself!
My name is Isabelle and I come from Gothenburg. I am studying a BsC in International Business and Economics at Luleå University of Technology. I am passionate about marketing and business development, especially in an international environment. I also really enjoy working out, reading and travelling. I am the first trainee to do this internship remotely which is exciting!
Why did you apply for this internship, and what were your first impressions about our chamber?
It was actually a pure coincidence that I applied, I saw the ad for the trainee position and my interest piqued right away. I wanted to do something alongside my studies to help enrichen my life and to broaden my experience, and this trainee position seemed like the perfect fit. As soon as I started, I got a very warm welcome from my supervisor and the whole board which definitely helped settling in. I am not going to lie, it has been challenging at times since I am doing this internship remotely and since I am the first one to do so, but as challenging as it has been it has been twice as rewarding as well! It is a great way to actually practice what I have studied in real life with everything from English, marketing, business and organizational areas.
What does a typical day as a trainee look like?
Well, since I am doing this internship remotely, I would say that my days look pretty much the same as they do when I am “just” studying. I have two meetings per week with my supervisor and between these meetings I work with whatever tasks there are to do. I have some tasks that run for a longer period of time and some tasks that are more ad-hoc. Some days I work with more permanent tasks such as the website or our regulatory documents, and other days I work with an upcoming event or coordinating our social media accounts.
What advice would you give to future interns?
Always ask questions and always dare to think outside the box! I have found that my ideas have been valued which has made me more confident along the way. I find that there is a great freedom within every task as we, as interns, are handed a lot of responsibility. It might seem scary for some, but I believe that it is what makes us grow.
Thank you for your time, Isabelle. Anything you would like to add?
If you’re thinking about applying for this internship – do it! It is a great way to learn more about international organizations, marketing and day-to-day business. It is also a great way to challenge yourself and a great chance to use your theoretical knowledge in a practical environment.
Connect with Isabelle on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/isabelle-erlandsson/
Tobias was doing his internship with us for 5 months. Read what he has to say about being a trainee at SACC-CO.
I applied for the internship at SACC-Colorado because I thought the tasks sounded varying and because I wanted to learn more about trade and commerce. I also saw it as a great experience to be able to live in the U.S. and to learn more about the culture. My first impressions were really good. I quickly got to learn how to work with different programs and tools, which has really broaden my knowledge. I would also like to say that the reception and support I received from my supervisor and the rest of the board when I got here was very good. It really helped me settle in.
Can you describe what a normal day looks like at the chamber?
I wouldn’t say that any day is “normal”, which is something I really enjoy because it means I get to work with a lot of different areas of the organization. One day I might work with ideas for the website, and the next day I can be coordinating an event. This is something I would really like to emphasize to future interns, because it gives you experiences in different fields and helps you understand how they interact with each other.
What advice would you give to future interns?
I would definitely advise them to be prepared to work a lot on their own. Being a non-profit organization means that everyone involved works as volunteers, while having regular jobs. This means that you, as an intern, can’t expect your supervisors to be on call 24 hours a day. I truly see this as a positive though, because in my case it has helped me become more independent.
Thank you for your time, Tobias. Any final words?
I would only like to say that if you get the opportunity to work here as an intern, you should definitely take it! I have learned a lot on a practical level, which is great because that was one of my main reasons for doing an internship. I’ve also loved living in Denver. The people here are very friendly, and the city itself is booming right know, with exciting things happening left, right and center. It has been a great experience and I return to Sweden wanting to come back one day.