Candidate Journey series - Internship at Bosch
Interview with Maren Ackermann
In September 2019, Maren started her dual master programme M.Sc./MBA in International Management at Steinbeis University (Germany) in cooperation with Robert Bosch Limited. Since then she works full-time as Commercial and Customer Requirements Coordinator for the cross-divisional sales team of an OEM account in Coventry. Prior to joining Bosch's family, Maren was working for different international companies in the automotive sector.
What were your expectations from an internship and how are they being met in your current role at Bosch?
My main expectation was to become a valuable part of the team and an internal and external contact person for specific topics. My wish was to take over responsibility and to mainly work independently while also having the freedom to bring in my own ideas and to amend processes if I see the need for improvement. I am thankful that my expectations had even been exceeded in my current role.
What is the best part of your internship at Bosch?
The best part of my role is that I am constantly in touch with people from various divisions, departments, and entities within Bosch - across the world and different hierarchy levels. While enjoying working in a diverse environment, these insights enable me to broaden my horizon and to take on a holistic view.
What skills did you develop from the internship?
During my time at Bosch, I was able to improve my communication skills, especially my intercultural and virtual communication skills, as well as my relationship building with both people from Bosch and the client’s side. By shifting from a face-to-face to a virtual environment, I experienced a boost in my overall adaptability to change.
I was able to develop these skills and more because I have received the required level of freedom, recognition and trust from my manager combined with constructive feedback and active support upon request.
Maren shares her advice to future interns:
"Being an intern doesn’t mean that you cannot contribute to the whole business as an individual! Take this chance, show initiative, and connect with people!"