Internship Field: Business, Investment, Economic Redevelopment
Host: Invest in Germany GmbH, formerly Industrial Investment Council (IIC GmbH)
Duration: March - September 2004
Description: My projects: 1) Making a presentation about Tissue
Engineering in East Germany for later presentation to clients (companies
abroad of Germany who would be interested in investing in Germany into
this area). This included researching much about what there is in this
area of study in Germany in terms of companies, research institutes,
and the key figures. This included speaking with many experts in this
area over the phone from all the East German Länder, meeting them
in person, to gather more information, site visits to gather
information, and also speaking with major medical technology companies abroad to check for interest.
2) Analysing all the successes/finished
projects of our team via Excel graphs, etc. to see where our projects
came from and in what areas of expertise they were in and so on. This
led into a development of a new team strategy for
project acquisition. I was speding about 1 day per week on average and some times significantly more time than that on the road on site visits to gather information. Many of these, were smaller meetings with individual people organized by a colleague or myself. The longer trips where with the team in terms of "fact finding missions". These were essentially trips to one region i.e. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern or Sachsen, where we would meet with various organizations and many companies in a field over several days. These provided some of my most intersting learning
Comments: Meeting the people, and getting to know them of and on the work was very rewarding. I think I learned for the first time how German people thought and acted differently then Americans. Also, working full time had and having to assume responsibility has enabled me to learn much about myself, my goals, and help me mature as a person.
German language skills: I would like to think that my German Language skills weren't too bad to begin with, but my German has most certainly imporved with this experience.
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