Internship interview Svenja

Series: Our wunschlösers
Svenja - Praktikantin

Hi Svenja, thank you for your time!


When did you start here and how long is your internship?

I started here on 1 May. My internship is a bachelor's internship, so it runs for 240 hours. That would be 6 weeks with a 40-hour working week. But since I still had lectures, we stretched out the internship a bit. So all in all, I'm here for almost two and a half months.

What exactly did you (already) do during your internship with us?

I mainly worked in the area of People and Culture, so I was a team assistant. I also made excursions into larger conceptual projects, for example the development of a health and exercise concept. I was also allowed to get a taste of the white label frontend topic and do some research. The biggest tasks, however, were back office and team support, including supplying the team and designing the terrace.

What actually brought you to us?

I'm studying German language and literature with a minor in intercultural business communication. The goal was to get an internship closer to the IWK. During COVID, it was very difficult to find an internship in this field, because many companies completely discontinued their programmes. Through an old university friend, Doreen, I found out about wunschlösung, which is based in Jena, among other places. So I asked if you were looking for an intern - and I was lucky.

How were your first days here? What has changed over time?

The first days were challenging - mainly because of the technical things. I'm not so well versed in that. But I received great guidance and instruction and was taken very much by the hand. This made it easier for me to settle in, also because I was given the time. Über die Dauer des Praktikums bin ich sicherer geworden und konnte Aufgaben selbstständiger übernehmen. Ich hab versucht, so zuzuarbeiten, dass ich möglichst nützlich bin. Overall, I was able to handle the technology better in the end.

What does a typical day of your internship look like?

The day usually starts at 10 a.m. with a meeting in the Business Development team. There we discuss what's coming up and what's planned for the day, but also what we worked on yesterday. Sometimes there are short discussions in between, otherwise I dedicate myself to my task for the day. Around lunchtime is the huddle, our digital lunch break. After that, I like to check on the team and make sure everyone is taken care of. Ich schreibe E-Mails und mache Recherchearbeiten. In the late afternoon and evening, I also take care of the plants.

Did you have a favourite task?

I really enjoyed the preparations for the company run. Especially the organisational aspect and the planning of the schedule. But also reading into the incentive programme and preparing the health and exercise concept were interesting.

What's next for you?

For now, I will dedicate myself to my exams. In addition, I still have to write my Bachelor's thesis and my Master's application is in progress. Hopefully, I'll be able to start my Master's programme in October.

And finally, why the wunschlösung and not another company?

I had heard Doreen's stories about you beforehand and realised that the team is a very nice group. I also found the thematic focus interesting, because it is more relevant to me professionally than, for example, a publishing house.

Would you like to know more?

Find out here how the foundation of wunschlösung came about, or take a look at our team page. You can also get to know other wunschlöser in our blog.

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