It was already during the first two years of my studies at ŠKODA AUTO University that I decided I would be interested in internships abroad in the fifth semester. Due to my knowledge of German, it was clear to me I would like to apply for a placement with the German partners of our university. That is why when I got the offer for a five-month internship at ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland GmbH, I did not hesitate and accepted the offer. Before long, I was preparing to take off.
At the end of August, me and my two classmates headed towards Weiterstadt near Frankfurt am Main. The six hundred kilometre journey took quite a while and had to be scheduled so that we arrived to our destination before noon so that we could pick up the keys of our new, fully furnished apartment. A pleasant circumstance was the fact that it was only about 600 metres far from our place of work. I appreciated this advantage particularly in relation to getting up in the morning.
The introduction to the new job was absolutely smooth since I was accompanied by one of my future colleagues who introduced me to all the co-workers and explained the basic company structure of ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland GmbH. The headquarters of this partner company was located in an old multi-storey building which was definitely the tallest structure in Weiterstadt. A much newer and more representative ŠKODA building with a small showroom and service was located just across a nearby motorway. However, due to faulty construction, mould appeared in the entire building and the employees had to move back to the old building shortly after the opening ceremony. It is scheduled that the staff will move to the new building later this year.
I was assigned to the Servis-Technika department, in a work group called First Level Support. Myself and 6 other colleagues worked on the first contact with ŠKODA service partners in Germany via phone, email or in person. ŠKODA has over 1500 contracting partners in Germany, so we had a lot of queries and requests every day, concerning technical, administrative and system related issues. Even though the staff in the First Level Support department has a more technical specialisation, they are not mechanics or engineers and therefore detailed technical queries of partners needed to be delegated to other specialised departments.
Since I already went through an internship at a German automobile company during my studies, I had no significant problems with technical vocabulary and I managed to blend in the everyday activities and the group quite quickly.
It is the community in the entire service department of ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland GmbH that I appreciate most of all. Everyone was helpful during my stay and breakfasts, lunches and conversations always brightened my day.
I worked in the Purchase Department in the Projects team which consisted of 16 nice colleagues who were always prepared to help me kindly if I needed it. The beginning was quite exacting as we had to manage our bank account and request all Bentley systems such as SAP, TEVON, AVON, B-release database, but everything was arranged sooner than we expected.
If I had to evaluate my stay in Athens, the words I could use would be amazing and unforgettable. Not only that, I met with great friendly people from many parts of the world, and I also learned about Greek culture.
My daily task was to negotiate discounts with suppliers and ensure a steady flow of orders in the internal system called Workflow.
One of the main reasons why I decided on Škoda Auto University was the possibility for extensive internships, not only at Škoda Auto a.s. but also abroad with companies such as VW, Audi, Seat and Bentley.
ŠKODA AUTO University offers a lot of options for an exchange semester abroad. As a result, it was not easy to decide which university is the most interesting. I decided to study at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria.
From 10th February till 25th July 2014 I had a great opportunity to be a part of the Purchasing department in Bentley motors Ltd. in a small town called Crewe. Crewe is situated in the north-west part of Great Britain.