Are you interested in an internship at the Chamber but not too sure about what it entails? If so, do yourself a favor and ease your mind by learning a little bit more about the work.
We will throughout this fall, talk to former interns aka SACC-SD Alumni to hear about their experience in San Diego. Some will be shorter Q&A´s while some will go more in-depth about careers following their time at the Chamber.
First out is Pelle Sandström, who absolutely killed it here, not only at the office but also with his surfing skills. Pelle is originally from Stockholm, Sweden but is now relocated to Copenhagen, Denmark after his adventures in California.
When were you an intern at SACC-SD and what position did you hold?
I worked as a Management Associate during the fall of 2018 and was in charge of the business development of Life Science which is one of the SACC-SD’s strategic focus areas.
What do you do today?
I’m currently working towards my Master´s Degree in Business Administration and Information Systems at Copenhagen Business School. Alongside my studies, I work as a junior analyst for Omnicom Media Group which is one of Denmark’s largest media agencies. Next to studying, I love testing the city’s incredible selection of restaurants and bars- as well as taking advantage of the low prices on Danish beers.
What have you learned throughout your internship?
Except from all of the things I’ve learned about San Diego’s prominent Life Science and CleanTech industry, I gained valuable real-world experience from promoting trade between Sweden and the U.S. By connecting firms with potential partners, planning & executing trade promotions for companies & incoming delegations, I have developed a professional network and achieved invaluable experience for my professional career. Moreover, I’ve learned how to surf and how much it hurts to get stung by a stingray.
Why would you recommend applying for an internship at SACC-SD?
I can’t come up with a single reason not to apply. San Diego is definitely one of my favorite cities in the U.S. The beaches, the friendly people, the surf, the sunsets, the hikes, and the fish tacos are just a tiny part of what the city has to offer. All this, together with the valuable professional experience you get while working for SACC, is unbeatable.
What are two things you consider a must in San Diego?
Surfing during sunset at Tourmaline beach and the burrito at Taco Stand in La Jolla!
Thank you Pelle for being first out in this series, we look forward to sharing more stories.
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