Six months can pass so quickly!
|Name :||Jessica D.|
|Job :||Student Business engineering|
|Period of time:||10.2012 – 03.2013|
|Location :||Essen, Germany|
When I started research for my Bachelor's thesis, I came across a number of HOCHTIEF ViCon publications. Then I stumbled across a vacancy for an internship of several months’ duration, and I knew that this would be perfect for me.I was really excited but also a bit wary – after all, applying and being offered an internship would mean relocating to a different city, finding a place to live and adapting to a new environment, etc. However, my initial doubts soon evaporated into thin air. My application was met with a quick response, a telephone interview and an offer for an internship. I managed to find a place to live for six months and also made some new friends. People at the office and in this region of Germany, the Ruhr valley, made me feel really welcome right from the start. I’m quite an active and sporty person, and thanks to the fact that the University of Duisburg/Essen is really close, there are many sports activities and things to do at the weekend. Other cities like Düsseldorf, Dortmund and Cologne are also easily accessible by train. I worked as an intern in the sales and marketing division and was given the opportunity to get involved in various national and international projects. As part of my work, I had to do a lot of research and analyses, develop concepts and devise drafts of presentations which were relevant for the project and were used both internally and externally. This enabled me to gain profound insight into Building Information Modeling and helped me understand the background and processes connected with it. Overall, I can say that you’re never lonely as an intern as there are usually two or three interns working on their theses or gaining work experience at the same time. The atmosphere at ViCon is really welcoming. You can clearly sense the team spirit that unites people wanting to create something new and innovative, and you certainly never get bored. As a result, it’s not surprising that the six months passed really quickly. The work environment was very international and dynamic. It was really enriching, and I am proud and grateful that I was given the opportunity to be part of it.
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