Internship fair coming in March

In my last article I described the structure of business Internships and the benefits which accrue to participating firms, educational institutions and students. I have received several inquiries from readers of The Slovak Spectator asking for more information about successful internships. In response, I will be pleased to present some examples in my column for this and future weeks. These examples will give readers a detailed view of how a successful internship is organized.

In my last article I described the structure of business Internships and the benefits which accrue to participating firms, educational institutions and students. I have received several inquiries from readers of The Slovak Spectator asking for more information about successful internships. In response, I will be pleased to present some examples in my column for this and future weeks. These examples will give readers a detailed view of how a successful internship is organized.

With the assistance of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) and a very forward-thinking international firm, I organized the first internship on a pilot project basis. Tetra Pak - Grafobal is a leader in the global aseptic packaging systems industry (you probably drink something from one of their packages every day, just check the bottom of your milk and juice cartons!). The seed for the internship was planted when Jonny Olsson, Tetra Pak's Commercial Director, was invited to City University to give a presentation to an international business class about the firm's successful operations in Slovakia.

Mr. Olsson's presentation was captivating. A senior business student, Martin Urbanik, was enthralled by Tetra Pak's success in central Europe. He approached me and inquired about the possibility of working with Tetra Pak while still studying towards his business degree. I immediately thought that Martin's enthusiasm would make him an ideal internship candidate, and telephoned Mr. Olsson to discuss the opportunity. Fortuitously, Mr. Olsson himself had served as an intern during his business studies in Sweden and enthusiastically agreed to meet and discuss the idea.

The result of our meeting was that Martin was accepted at Tetra Pak as a marketing intern. The 12-week internship was designed around the development of market research projects. Mr. Olsson served as Martin's mentor, as did other key staff members in the Marketing Department. After the internship concluded and after Martin graduated from City University, he was pleased to accept Tetra Pak's offer of full-time employment. Tetra Pak was impressed by Martin's enthusiasm, and Martin was impressed by the highly organized nature of Tetra Pak's operations. Today Martin remains with Tetra Pak and continues to find his position stimulating and challenging.

I would like to inform you about an upcoming event which will be of interest both to businesses and students interested in internships. The Education and Human Resources Committee of AmCham will sponsor its First Annual Internship Fair on Wednesday, March 8th. The fair will be held at the Hotel Danube. Companies interested in participating are encouraged to contact Zuzana Istokova, Event Co-Coordinator, via e-mail zistokova@yahoo.com. Students interested in attending the event should contact Laura Faragova, Event Co-Coordinator, via e-mail Laura.Farago@nextra.sk. General questions about the event can be directed to me at carlosg@cutn.sk

K. Carlos Gutiérrez is Dean of City University in Bratislava. Readers may send their responses and questions to carlosg@cutn.sk

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