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Caroline Sandy – American Chamber of Commerce Summer Internship in Germany

Name: Caroline Sandy

Class Year: 2017

Hometown: Dallas, TX

Major(s): Economics, German

Opportunity and Year: AmCham US-German Internship Program, Summer 2015

Project Summary: Through AmCham’s US-German Internship Program, I accepted a three-month position in the Financial Controlling Department at the DZ Bank headquarters in Frankfurt. Our department puts together the financial reports for the entire DZ Bank Group. My typical day includes work with Visual Basics coding, Excel, and a host of SAP programs, lunch in the in-house cafeteria, coffee with the German interns, some work for our stress testing project, a meeting with a new department head, and many opportunities to ask questions.

How did W&L prepare you for this opportunity? I discovered this opportunity days before the application was due, and Career Services was so accommodating in helping me pull together a resume and cover letter with which I felt confident. Professor Youngman of the German Department frequently checked in with me during the selection process, offering interview advice and encouragement. The German Department stays in touch with the W&L students while we are in Germany to help us make the most of our internship positions.

Why did you apply for this opportunity? Throwing myself into a German-speaking office for the summer seemed like the best way to improve my German. The AmCham program was ideal because it connected me with a position that pulls in my economics studies as well

Post-graduation Plans: My experiences in Germany are really reinforcing my interest in economics and getting me excited about looking at graduate programs.

How will this opportunity help you achieve your goals? I think a healthy stretch abroad like this is invaluable for any goal. More than just improving my language skills, I am becoming more comfortable with struggling. It’s empowering to realize that I can survive a couple weeks of feeling more-or-less clueless and come out with a really strong understanding.

Extracurricular Involvement:

  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • German Club

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