Internship in Bentley - Lucie Horáková

6/30/2015
When I found out that I was chosen for an internship abroad in Bentley Motors I was thrilled but at the same time very afraid of how to manage everything and especially how to cope with being alone for five months in a different country. Fortunately, I was teamed up with other interns who were starting at the same time. After that everything was much easier.
I would like to share the experience I gained during my stay in England.

I was looking for an accommodation together with two girls and I must say that we were very lucky. Our house had enough space; it was newly furnished and best of all it was near Bentley – about 8 minutes, so we could sleep longer in the morning every day. After one month in this house a new roommate arrived. She was from Germany and we became very good friends after a while.

My work day started at 8:00 and ended at 17:00 – except Fridays when we finished at 12:00. I had my workplace in a big open-office with a space for more than 100 people. At the beginning it was quite difficult to cope with the noise but after a while I got used to it.

During these 5 months, I was working in the Purchasing Department where I was a member of the Interior Team. This team dealt with the purchase of parts for the car interiors. The team consisted of ten buyers, one team manager and a commodities manager – exterior and interior. Each buyer was in charge of purchasing different types and kinds of parts for cars – various bezels, armrests, cushions, foams, seats etc.

I worked mostly as a support of buyers in administration on a daily basis. I received a lot of different tasks from my colleagues. I made inquiries, put the information into the company system, communicated with the suppliers and within the company and took part in various meetings just to mention a few of my duties.

What I really liked about Bentley was the Fit-center next to the company. After paying a membership of 17 GBP we were allowed to go there whenever we wanted. There was a possibility to use the gym or take part in classes – circuits training, boxfit, zumba etc.

As for a daily life, I think we really enjoyed our stay in England. I think we were a really good bunch of people from our school and we became friends after few days, even though we have never met at school before. In addition, Bentley is full of interns and trainees, so we had a chance to meet a lot of new and interesting people from different countries. And since Crewe, the town where the Bentley Motors is located, is not exactly the nicest town to live in, we tried to spend the weekends at least out of town. We used our time to the maximum and we made a various trips and took part in several events.

The only big advantage of Crewe was that it was possible to get almost everywhere from this town by train. It was quick (To London 1,5 hour) and with pre-booked tickets also quite cheap. We visited almost every interesting place surrounding Crewe - Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Chester and Nantwich. We made a trip to Wales, where we visited the nature park Snowdonia. We went to London twice, firstly for sightseeing and the second time because of Christmas. We visited Winter Wonderland and the Christmas markets. What I liked the most was Edinburgh where we spent a long weekend.

Apart from travelling we also tried to do something cultural. We went to a concert of Jake Bugg and The Kooks – a very famous English singer and music group. We went to the cinema few times, played bowling and we were shopping a lot. I am very happy that I took this opportunity to do the internship in Bentley Motors. I gained a lot of experience there. I would defintiely recommend everyone should spend some time abroad.

Our student Václav Volf travelled to Ingolstadt in Germany to do his compulsory internship in Audi AG. He worked in the Department for Coordination of Fair and Exhibition Vehicles, where he supported the permanent staff in the process of planning vehicles for fairs. He was responsible for this year’s exhibitions in Detroit, New York, Shanghai and partly also for the Frankfurt fair in autumn. You can read the whole report from his stay in Ingolstadt below. 
​Martina comes from Jičín but currently lives in Prague. She completed her follow-on Master’s degree programme at ŠKODA AUTO University in 2014. Right after graduation, Martina started working for Estée Lauder, first in the HR department. She worked her way through marketing to a PR position and currently takes care of promotion of seven world-renowned brands.
She likes to spend her free time doing sports – mostly running, badminton, volleyball and mountain hiking. Also, because of her profession, she likes fashion and design.
​Viktor Myslil, a graduate of our Bachelor’s degree programme Business Administration and Operations, comes from Prague. His passion for ŠKODA AUTO cars made him decide to study in Mladá Boleslav. He also wanted to try something different than all his other classmates.
​I have been dreaming about living in a foreign country since I was small child. This wish made ŠAVS more appealing during my “university selection period” because I learned, thanks to their Open Day and a visit from the ŠAVŠ PR Department to my high school, that this school offers a lot of possibilities to study and complete internships abroad, the latter which is important in one’s future career. When I got the opportunity to spend my mandatory internship abroad, I did not hesitate a single moment. After my Study Erasmus in Slovenia, I left to spend another semester in Dublin, Ireland to work with Škoda’s Irish importer.
Mladá Boleslav is the hometown of our graduate Ing. Ivan Vaněk, who currently works for the British luxury car manufacturer, Bentley Motors Ltd., where he undertook his six-month internship as a student of ŠKODA AUTO University.
​Our graduate Michal Maruška works as a coordinator in the Connected Car and Infotainment Department. His internship involved many technical responsibilities. However, in order to further grow professionally, he needed a study programme that focused more on management. For this reason, he chose the Bachelor’s and follow-on Master’s degree programme Business Administration and Operations, both which combine the two fields in an ideal manner.
​Ondřej is a graduate of the Bachelor field of study Business Administration and Financial Management and the follow-on Master field of study Corporate Finance Management in the Global Environment.
​Our student Andrea listened to the advice of her classmates when choosing her internship. She also visited the Magna company booth at the ŠKODA AUTO University Career Day and she– this was the partner for her six-month internship.
I would recommend an internship to everyone. It is a great way to discover yourself, plus you get to learn the language and customs and most of all, it is an unforgettable experience.
Martin Dolejší, student of our Master Programme Global marketing and Sales, spend quite a lot of time abroad whilst studying at our university. Now he has three different experiences abroad: studies in Finland, internship at ŠKODA AUTO UK and also the prestigous programme, Global Village, in the USA. You can read the interview we did with Martin to see what he learnt and how he assesses his stays abroad.