It is no secret that an internship at the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce can lead to great internships. Our strong network, established corporate member companies, and great reputation as an organization creates unique career opportunities.
Alexandra Ahlstedt, SACC-SD alumni landed an internship with the Humble Co. in San Diego after her time and the Chamber. The Humble Co. is one of our corporate member companies at the Chamber in San Diego. Established in 2013 in Sweden, the company develops reliable health&wellness products, that are eco-friendly and socially responsible, developed by dentists, designed in Sweden.
Keep reading if you would like to learn more about Alexandra´s time at the Chamber, and how she transfered her learnings to her next work experience in San Diego.
Could you describe your time at SACC-SD with three words?
Educative, fun, eventful.
When were you an intern at SACC-SD and what position did you hold?
I was an intern at SACC-SD in the spring of 2020. My position was Business Development and Member Relations, I was also in charge of the Life Science initiative.
After being an intern at the Chamber, you started working for one of our corporate members The Humble Co, could you tell me a little bit about your experience working for them?
Interning as a Sales & Marketing Coordinator at The Humble Co. has been a great experience. I have learned a lot about different aspects of doing business in the States; such as business culture, laws, regulations, and sales. Not only how to do business here, but how a big company like The Humble Co. operates. I have been lucky to see and be a part of how an idea has turned into a product and sold to some of the biggest retailers in the world.
My favorite thing about interning at The Humble Co. is that my tasks vary a lot, meaning I learn a lot of different things, everything from marketing and logistics to business development and sales. I could not have chosen a better company to do an internship with, every day is eventful and different and it feels great to be a part of the Humble team.
Was there anything specific you could bring with you from your internship at the Chamber to your work at the Humble Co.?
One of the many things I learned at SACC-SD is that the business culture here is very different from how it is back home. This prepared me for my work at The Humble Co. since I am in contact with a lot of people daily. Additionally, as I mentioned I was in charge of the member relations at SACC-SD, which meant I went to different events to promote the Chamber. It was a bit nerve-wracking at first, but a great experience, that eventually made me comfortable taking sales calls and pitching our Humble products to potential customers.
Why would you recommend applying for an internship at SACC-SD?
I can't think of a reason not to. SACC-SD is a great organization to do an internship with. You learn a lot about the companies in the area, get to meet amazing people, and network with important people. Who knows, maybe one of the people you meet end up being your next employer?
Could you describe a perfect day in San Diego?
My perfect day in San Diego, pre-COVID-19 would start with a big brunch by the beach, followed by a surf session and beach hang in Del Mar. I would definitely get a burrito for an early dinner, then head to Sunset Cliffs to watch the sunset and once the sun has set, head back to the beach for a bonfire with friends.
Thank you Alexandra for sharing your experiences in San Diego, we are sure it inspired someone to take that opportunity!
If you are interested in an internship in the U.S., visit the SACC-USA website to see available positions in the U.S.