Anthony, a3rd year student, is currently on an end-of-year internship in Germany at the luxury decorative design company BULL & STEIN . It is a company that creates oversized fruits in ceramic, porcelain and bronze. The creations are imagined by the German-Brazilian designer Lisa Pappon. The company is headquartered in Hamburg, Germany and distributes its creations internationally through world-renowned designers and architects.
How did you find this internship?
A. I sent an unsolicited application after meeting the head of BULL & STEIN at the Maison et Objet trade show in Paris while I was working as a greeter at events in my spare time during the school year.
Why did you choose this course?
I chose this internship because I like the creations that the company markets. The fact that the company is on a human scale convinced me because it allows me to have a real involvement and I can have responsibilities and participate in brainstorming sessions. Finally, BULL & STEIN is located in Hamburg, Germany, which was a decisive criterion since I can also improve my German level.
What are your missions?
I process orders from international customers, perform after-sales service and send orders to production. I also take care of accounting, data classification and archiving. I also prepare the trade shows we attend by prospecting by phone or e-mail. I am in charge of hotel reservations, airplane reservations and all necessary technical assistance.
Finally, my role is also to promote our creations on trade shows and I animate social networks (Facebook, Twitter).
What advice would you give to your classmates?
You must carefully prepare your CV and create a detailed profile on LinkedIn. To get an internship, you must a good preparation, of the will and also a little nerve ! You should therefore not hesitate to go directly to meet the recruiter with your CV in hand at various trade fairs, showrooms and events, in order to have direct contact with the managers who will obviously be able to appreciate your qualities better than on a CV sitting on their desk.
Of course, you should also take advantage of the internship offers proposed by the school and solicit both your personal network and the school’s alumni network. Finally, the international dimension should not be a hindrance, quite the contrary!