Have you met Moritz Wittmann?
For students of economics and similar fields, the German Centre Worldwide are attractive employers to do an intership with. For a couple of months, they will be a the heart of German SME economy in an emerging market and learn a lot about doing business abroad, economically as well as culturally. Read below, how Moritz Wittmann experienced his internship at German Centre Singapore.
Why did you choose German Centre for your internship?
German Centre Singapore was an attractive choice for me because I have always been interested in learning more about the processes of companies stepping into new markets. After my six-month internship, I can clearly say that I have now a broader knowledge about the requirements, challenges and opportunities of expanding to Southeast Asia.
What were your tasks?
As usual for an internship, I had plenty of different tasks. For example, I published the monthly newsletter, helped organizing events and worked on reports about the business development.
What did you like most about working at German Centre?
The freedom and autonomy that I had in completing my tasks. Even though they were clearly defined, I was always able to bring in my own ideas and explore new technologies that had not been used before. The management was incredibly supportive of my approach, and I felt empowered to innovate in my work. This level of trust and encouragement helped me to grow both personally and professionally.
How did you spend your free time in Singapore?
Although Singapore is only a small island, it offers a tremendous range of activities. During my six months, I’ve never felt bored, since there is so much to do and to explore. After work I often went out with my colleagues and they showed me their favourite restaurants and spots. Whenever I was seeking a calm weekend, I went to one of the many parks like MacRitchie reservoir or the Botanical Gardens to enjoy some nature and escape the busy city life. Via Facebook, I managed to connect with locals to play football and tennis regularly. Another great thing I loved about Singapore is its location. On long weekends exciting countries like Indonesia, Vietnam or Thailand can be visited easily.
As a student, how did you manage the high costs of living costs of Singapore?
From the very beginning, I was looking for a shared appartement in a so-called "HDB" (this is how public housing is called over here), as they are generally less expensive than the private condos. The German Centre is in Jurong East, which is a bit outside the city. In general, the nearby areas are therefore less expensive. I stayed in Bukit Batok, a district that is very well connected to the German Centre and the city. Moreover, Singapore offers a broad range of budget friendly options. The numerous food courts, the "hawker centres"offer good food at affordable prices across the island. Also, public transportation is cheap and there are a lot of free events happening in the city.
What piece of advice would you give to future interns?
To future interns at German Centre Singapore: I would advise you to always approach work with an open mind, seek feedback. Collaborating with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and showing initiative will not only improve your skills but also make your internship experience rewarding and enriching.
Are there any other thoughts you would like to share?
I would like to thank the whole German Centre team and especially my direct supervisors Dominique Herold and Jeypreiya Kuppusamy for this amazing opportunity and their unconditional support in all matters. I always felt very welcomed at my workplace and received valuable input both on personal and professional level. I warmly recommend to do an internship at the German Centre Singapore.