Praktikavtal med SACC-USA

THE SWEDISH-AMERICAN CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE

Ett särskilt avtal mellan SACC-USA (The Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce) och Lunds universitet gör det möjligt för studenter att göra praktik vid en svensk-amerikansk handelskammare. 

Den amerikanska flaggan. Bildkälla: iStockphoto.

Två praktikplatser per termin

Två praktikplatser är vikta åt studenter vid Lunds universitet under vårterminen, två under sommaren och två under höstterminen. Annonserna publiceras på vår sida för aktuella praktikplatser.

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Studentberättelser

Under årens lopp har studenter från Ekonomihögskolan haft givande upplevelser hos handelskammare över hela USA. Här delar de med sig av sina erfarenheter. Vi har valt att behålla den engelska originaltexten, då praktiken genomförts med engelska som arbetsspråk. 

Om du är intresserad av USA, hur affärer görs där och vill få en internationell erfarenhet från var i världen du än tar med dig din bärbara dator - då är detta internship något för dig!

Zakarias Grönkvist, SACC-Carolinas (North Carolina)

Namn: Zakarias Grönkvist
Studerar: Ekonomie kandidatprogrammet, med inriktning finans. Börjar master i Finans på Ekonomihögskolan hösten 2022
Internship hos: The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce of the Carolinas
Tid för internship: Vårterminen 2022


Zakarias berättelse

När det var dags för mig att söka en praktikplats inför vårterminen så var det ett företag som fångade min uppmärksamhet – Svensk-amerikanska handelskammaren Carolinas. Mitt intresse för USA började ta form redan i mina unga år och jag har länge vetat att det är något jag vill utforska mer. Min fascination för USA i kombination med mitt intresse för företagsamhet och handel resulterade i en omedelbar ansökan.

En månad senare fick jag ett telefonsamtal från organisationens ordförande som sa: "Vi vill ha dig!". Praktikplatsen var inom affärsutveckling, och även om jag visste att den skulle vara digitalt och på distans så hade jag höga förhoppningar. Allt började med ett möte där jag fick träffa den andra praktikanten, organisationens ordförande och hans sekreterare. Under mötet gick vi igenom min roll och vad det skulle innebära och jag fick en väldigt bra bild av handelskammaren.

Detta internship är för dig som är engagerad, disciplinerad och vill utvecklas. Eftersom praktikplatsen på SACC-Carolinas är digital, och du sannolikt kommer att arbeta i en annan tidszon, så måste du vara självständig i många av dina uppgifter. Det fanns sällan många instruktioner, men å andra sidan fanns det alltid definierade mål att arbeta mot. En uppgift kunde till exempel vara att vara värd för ett webbinarium tillsammans med en annan kammare. Jag älskade det här sättet att arbeta, eftersom det gav oss praktikanter stor frihet att skapa evenemangen på vårt sätt, och om vi fastnade fanns det dessutom alltid hjälp att få.

Mitt främsta mål var att skapa värde för våra medlemmar och försöka förbättra kammaren. För att nämna några av mina arbetsuppgifter så var jag värd för webbinarier, uppdaterade hemsidan och sociala medier, skrev nyhetsbrev, skapade filmer samt var i kontakt med medlemmar och andra handelskamrar.

Sammanfattningsvis har detta har varit en mycket givande och berikande erfarenhet. Jag har upplevt den amerikanska kulturen, utökat mitt nätverk och provat nya saker. Mina tre viktigaste erfarenheter är:

  1. Anpassning, något som är viktigt i alla företag. Under din karriär kommer du att uppleva olika miljöer och kulturer och det kommer alltid att vara viktigt att anpassa sig.
  2. Självständighet, jag har fått lära mig hur man arbetar själv och hanterar knepiga situationer med hjälp av envishet och tålamod. Man kan inte alltid förvänta sig att hitta lättillgängliga svar, ibland måste man lösa saker på egen hand.
  3. Nätverk, vilket är nyckeln överallt. Människor i USA älskar att träffa nya människor, utbyta information och bredda sina nätverk. Detta är något att ta efter, eftersom det till exempel kan vara ett sätt att komma vidare i din karriär.

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SACC-NE is the perfect place to enrich your experiences and expand your network by interacting with different businesses and talented people

Thea Wadell, SACC-NE (New England, Boston)

Namn: Thea Wadell
Nuvarande studier: Ekonomie kandidatprogrammet, med inriktning Management och Organisation
Internship hos: The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce New England
Praktikperiod: Höstterminen 2021


Theas berättelse

I have always had a dream of going to the United States, so when I saw the opportunity to have an internship at the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce I did not hesitate to apply. SACC-NE is the perfect place to enrich your experiences and expand your network by interacting with different businesses and talented people. In addition, it is an opportunity where you learn more about the U.S. market and the relationship to Sweden, as well as broadening your international perspective.

My main area was event and marketing, with duties and responsibilities center on planning and managing events. In addition to that, I also managed and updated our website and social media, and created and developed marketing material for emails, social media and events. You get to come with initiatives and be creative. For instance, me and the other interns created a podcast to highlight the Swedish-American business community in the New England region. There are different focuses and roles at the chamber, so I believe there is something for everyone.

The time at SACC-NE was an incredibly valuable experience. Being in a small organization, multitasking becomes key, and you learn to work on multiple and diverse projects at the same time. With responsibility from the very start, you learn to be accountable and deliver for the internal deadlines. These are all skills I will take with me when continuing my studies. In addition, you gain valuable ‘real world’ experience and business-related skills, as well as develop a professional international network in a region with some of the world’s most prominent life science, technology, and cleantech industry clusters. It is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to gain a competitive edge – both internationally and in Sweden.

Boston is located on the coast and it is a great city to live in. It is an exceptional city in terms of recreation, cultural and sporting events. Here you can explore different museums, the historic freedom trail and eat the best-known New England clam chowder and lobster rolls. In addition to the great sports and food, Boston is the home to the largest entrepreneurial and investor community in the U.S. East Coast and a world-leading innovation center with close affiliations to renowned universities such as Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

After my time in Boston, I gained a new perspective on working in an international setting and developed both professionally and personally. With a great team, diverse work, and an exciting environment, I can’t do anything but recommend an internship at SACC-NE.

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An internship with SACC-DC is a fun experience that comes with new friends and professional relationships. I highly recommend anyone interested to learn more and apply – it will be a unique experience.

Jakob Enander, SACC-DC (Washington D.C.)

Namn: Jakob Enander
Nuvarande studier: Ekonomie kandidatprogram
Internship hos: The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce of Washington D.C. (SACC-DC)
Praktikperiod: Höstterminen 2021


Jakobs berättelse

"When I considered different opportunities in my last year as a business student, I knew that I wanted to take the chance and gain hands-on work experience from an inspiring organization where I get to practice my academical knowledge. For a long time, I have had a desire to live in the U.S, and I was also curious about what it would be like to work in an international organization with prominent Swedish and American businesses in the center of the American capital. The internship at the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., corresponded perfectly with these aspirations.

At SACC-DC, I got to work with a variety of tasks all related to the core activities of the organization. I was part of a small team that continuously worked closely together which created a productive environment characterized by a lot of internal support and creativity. As SACC-DC is a small, non-profit organization, all team members are more of less involved in all the different activities going on. This type of setting enabled me to learn how to work with several vital tasks simultaneously, how to deal with unexpected challenges and to always be inclined to take on new pressing assignments. It also meant I had lot of responsibility over the tasks I was assigned, which at the same time came with a lot of freedom and creativity in how to perform or improve them.

My main tasks revolved around writing the monthly newsletter, assisting with the ongoing administration of finances, budgeting, and current record of accounting as well as the planning and execution of one of SACC-DC’s flagship events, the annual golf tournament. In addition, I also assisted in the conduction of several other in-person events. All of this did not only provide me with knowledge of how to practice various common business assignments, but I also gained valuable experience in how to contribute and function in the core of an intense organization. I got the chance to work and meet with many prominent businesses representatives in the SACC network, which gave me a lot of insights and connections in parts of the Swedish-American business and trade sector.

With offices in House of Sweden in the middle of Washington, D.C., SACC-DC is operating right at the core of one of the major political, commercial, and academical hotspots in the U.S. This is reflected by the many beautiful and well-known government and corporate buildings in the city. With walking distance from House of Sweden to the National Mall, you can experience all of the fascinating monuments, memorials, and museums in a beautiful and historic environment. Not the least is there always a sports game or music event to sign up for in the weekends.

The experiences I gained from my internship with SACC-DC are with no doubt valuable and I will take them with me to future employments. I believe this internship, with its width of assignments, and extraordinary network, is beneficial to students with most interests, academical orientations and personalities. Additionally, an internship with SACC-DC is a fun experience that comes with new friends and professional relationships. I highly recommend anyone interested to learn more and apply – it will be a unique experience."

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SACC-DC feels like a personal workplace, as well as a positive and encouraging atmosphere, but it’s also a grand organization in the sense that it has access to a vast network of major companies and talented individuals in the greater D.C. area.

Noel Rodhe, SACC-DC (Washington D.C.)

Namn: Noel Rodhe
Nuvarande studier: Ekonomie kandidatprogram, med inriktning Corporate Finance
Internship hos: The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce of Washington D.C. (SACC-DC)
Praktikperiod: Höstterminen 2020


Noels berättelse

Applying for, and being admitted to, an internship on the far side of the Atlantic was an interesting experience considering the ongoing pandemic. My internship at SACC-DC was conducted remotely from Sweden which entailed some obvious circumstantial changes such as differing time zones, no in-real-life meetings with the colleagues or spending an entire semester in the capital of the USA. However, I don’t think my overall assessment of the internship would have been much more positive had the circumstances been normal.

SACC-DC is a small organization which meant I was assigned tasks central to the foundational activities and truly felt that I could make a difference, while learning from experienced executives and fellow interns alike. Therefore, SACC-DC feels like a personal workplace, as well as a positive and encouraging atmosphere, but it’s also a grand organization in the sense that it has access to a vast network of major companies and talented individuals in the greater D.C. area. As an intern I got to work with companies both large and small and their skilled representatives, with whom I developed my professional and interpersonal skills, something I found particularly rewarding.

All my tasks boiled down to facilitating transatlantic trade and business connections, and could include writing articles for the newsletter, marketing on social media and most prominently planning and conducting networking and informative events, which is the core service in the mission to bolster international trade, as well as a financial pillar for SACC-DC. The internship also involved several stressful elements, enabling me to learn what I find stressful and preparing to deal with similar problems during future employment.

With the internship over and done with, I feel that I’ve acquired vital knowledge of the mechanisms of a professional work environment and prepared myself for future work-related undertakings. Besides, despite not having been in D.C. in person, I’d still argue that I’ve taken part of the American culture and increased my self-confidence in the meantime.

This internship suits students regardless if they major in economics, business administration, international business or some other field and I also figure that more or less anyone would feel at home at SACC-DC. Therefore, I highly encourage fellow students to apply for an internship and take part in the wonderful community at SACC-DC, in order to develop oneself both professionally and personally.

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Om SACC-USA

SACC-USA är en viktig facilitator i utvecklingen av handelsförbindelser och investeringsmöjligheter mellan USA och Sverige. Nätverket består av 19 regionala handelskammare över hela USA.

Läs mer om SACC-USA på deras hemsida

Läs en intervju med Lunds universitets rektor Erik Renström om samarbetet med SACC-USA

Senast uppdaterad: 2022-07-08