Samuel Taylor – American Chamber of Commerce Summer Internship in Germany
Name: Samuel Taylor
Class Year: 2018
Hometown: Morehead City, NC
Major(s): Business Administration, Global Politics
Minors or Concentrations: German
Opportunity and Year: AmCham US-German Internship Program, Summer 2016
Project Summary: The AmCham program gives college students at certain American universities the opportunity to intern for a company in Germany over the summer. Students first apply to the program, which sends the applications to multiple firms. Companies then individually reach out to students and extend invitations for interviews to determine which applicants are offered an internship.
I had the chance to work for Fresenius Kabi, which is one of the entities of a healthcare company based right outside of Frankfurt am Main. I interned in the project management office of the Nucleus Program, a Fresenius Kabi transformation project aimed at building a harmonized IT landscape and globally standardized processes. My tasks included the administration of the project’s Sharepoint site, monitoring and updating the project’s budget, preparing domain status reports, and onboarding new employees.
How did W&L prepare you for this opportunity? In my opinion, Fresenius Kabi expected its interns to adapt quickly to its working environment. I needed to learn on the job and learn to work quickly and efficiently without much supervision. W&L’s academic environment helped prepare me for stressors in a new and independent setting.
Intermediate and advanced German classes also allowed me to hone my German language skills leading up to the internship. W&L’s German department was also incredibly helpful during the application process as well as during the internship itself.
Why did you apply for this opportunity? I wanted to gain valuable work experience in an international firm and spend a summer abroad in Europe. The chance to improve my German was also enticing.
Post-graduation Plans: I hope to spend more time working or studying abroad, either by applying to other fellowships or searching for work. Foreign service has always been something that has appealed to me.
How will this opportunity help you achieve your goals? This summer was the first time I truly lived on my own, outside of a college setting. Finding my own place to live, figuring out the city, and making international connections have prepared me for future experiences abroad.
Venture Club, Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, LEAD
I spent a number of years in Stuttgart, Germany while my parents were in the Air Force.