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Nicole Porter – American Chamber of Commerce Summer Internship in Germany

Name: Nicole Porter

Class Year: 2016

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Major(s): Business Administration, German Language

Opportunity and Year: AmCham US-German Internship Program, Summer 2014

Project Summary: Approximately 30 college students are selected per year directly by German companies to work and live for three months in various cities in Germany.  I am working in the procurement department for TE Connectivity in Bensheim, Germany. In general, TE Connectivity makes a variety of connectors that power the technology used in electronic devices, planes, cars, etc.  Specifically, I am working in the Automotive segment of the company under replacements and duplications, mostly  for molded parts.  Some of my daily tasks involve sending out requests for quotations to our suppliers, keeping track of offers, creating bidding overviews, assisting my colleagues in strategizing which suppliers should be chosen and even helping to present our conclusions to the general managers.

How did W&L prepare you for this opportunity? I had immense support from the German department during the application process.  The German classes I have taken at W&L have fostered a respect for and a curiosity in the German culture.   Career Development also gave me valuable resources and helped to prepare me for the interview process.

Why did you apply for this opportunity? I have been contemplating working abroad after graduation, and this opportunity is a great way to gain relevant work experience as well as to improve my German language skills.  I wanted to immerse myself in a different culture and meet new people in order to broaden my worldviews as well as to gain new perspectives on world issues.

Post-graduation Plans: I am considering working abroad after graduation, particularly in Germany or another country.  I am also considering applying to work abroad through the US State Department.

How will this opportunity help you achieve your goals? This opportunity has allowed me to make great friendships and connections with my bosses and my coworkers.  Through the program, I had the chance to visit the US Embassy in Berlin and meet Consul General Moeller in Munich.  These experiences gave me a glimpse of what it looks like to work in Germany as a regular employee and what it looks like to be a US representative working in Germany.   Overall, it has inspired me and sparked my interests in working abroad permanently.

Extracurricular Involvement:

Dance Company, Chi Omega, German Club and Fancy Dress Committee

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