European HR Intern - University of Portsmouth
What first attracted me to Samsung was the brand itself. I'd like to think I already had a keen interest in the electronics industry, so Samsung Electronics was an instant attraction to be a part of. Although, it was only when I started to research the company for my interview, that I realised what an amazing company it really is! It is recognized for its industry-leading performance across a range of electronic markets such as TV and Smartphone and it has a "Vision 2020" of becoming one of the most valuable brands in the world, which puts this placement head and toe above the others.
In a matter of weeks of starting my placement I was involved in my biggest project so far (and still am) playing a primary role in recruiting the 2012/2013 Interns. I was involved in the design and content of the careers fairs stands, leaflets, promotional items and the website you're looking at now, which included liaising closely with design agencies and promotional merchandise suppliers. We then hit the road and visited numerous University careers fairs such as UCL, LSE, Brighton, Bournemouth and Surrey to help promote our internship scheme. On top of this I have also had the chance to observe on Leadership training with the L&D team and supported the operations team with bonus and salary reviews.
My team have put great confidence and trust in me to run with numerous projects, which has been extremely motivating for me and I have taken every opportunity to show them what I'm really capable of. In just a couple of months I have developed both my business and personal skills which leaves me in great stead for graduating with a good degree classification in my final year.
Trying to secure a placement is very stressful, especially if like in my case it is mandatory for your course! My first piece of advice would be never give up! Make sure you tailor your CV to each job you apply for and to prepare for any interviews or telephone interviews as much as you can. You will come across a lot more confident in the interview if you know what you're talking about.
European B2B Marketing Intern - University of Brighton
As a Business Information Systems student, working for Samsung seemed too good to be true because at the time of my application they were making big strides in becoming the number one Smartphone company; a market I have great interest in.
I have worked on many projects so far but my highlight has to be going to St Pauls for the Samsung B2B EU Conference. There I had the chance to network with senior executives from many different countries within Europe across a range of different verticals. I appreciated the fact that many of them spent time passing on priceless advice to me which I can use in the future.
Realising you're part of an organisation that is the global leader within so many industries, really emphasises how valuable this internship programme is. I've definitely matured as a person and have developed my level of professionalism, whilst gaining invaluable expertise that will differentiate me from the many thousands of students who have not experienced Samsung. University prepares you for the skills needed to do a job but an internship with Samsung has given me an insight into what it takes to have a successful career in my chosen industry.
Once we finish university and enter the real world as a student you're going to need experience to distinguish you from the other thousands of students out there looking for jobs. Here at Samsung you have a chance to work alongside professionals and they are very approachable so you'll always feel comfortable asking even the silliest questions.
Sales and marketing Intern - Oxford Brookes University
I joined the Samsung Electronics Internship Programme in September 2011 as part of the EITO department (European IT Organisation). I was attracted to Samsung because it is an ever growing company, offering the opportunity to experience many different aspects of the organisation.
Since starting here I have had the chance to work in Sales, Market Intelligence, Communications as well as Events in Prague and France. However one of my highlights definitely has to be holding the Olympic Torch on the first day!
An internship like this offers you the opportunity to develop your skills without the use of a textbook or lecture hall. Working at Samsung European Headquarters means you have the chance to gain valuable exposure to real projects and work situations with support of people at the top of their fields across Europe. I work in the friendliest team and will be able to take back key experiences that I can apply to my final year of university. There are currently 13 interns within EHQ, meaning because we are only a small group, the experience is much more tailored. This internship has already been an amazing insight. I have had the chance to explore into different aspects of working life that university couldn't offer. I have gained so much here, including great friendships.
Don't be afraid of a challenge. Some job descriptions may seem daunting, but placement year is a chance to learn and be taken out of your comfort zone in a way university isn't able to, providing valuable experience and skills that you can apply to your final year.
European Brand Intern - Nottingham Trent University
After completing two years of university I became aware of the strong competition post graduates face when searching for a job. So I decided to try and secure a one year placement to gain some experience in the corporate work environment. What appealed to me about working for Samsung was the creativity and breadth of activities and responsibilities that the role proposed.
Only five months in and I have already done so much. I've faced many challenges so far, but with this I have grown, developing my skills along with my personal and professional networks. I have had so many great opportunities such as going to the Call of Duty Launch party and meeting celebrities such as Jeff Brady and Goldie! Currently I am working on two exciting projects; the Youth Olympic Games in Austria and The EU Forum in Prague where I will be flying out to both to support organising these events.
Working here has helped me link theory with practice and given me the confidence and reassurance that marketing is the profession that I want to go into. This is one of the most important years of my life and I can't wait to see what else Samsung has to offer. My team are ace and I feel honoured to be working alongside some of the world's best marketers.
I'd advise students who are thinking of applying to Samsung, to definitely apply! From what I previously perceived of Samsung, from a consumer's point of view, is only the beginning of what is a truly global organisation. After being so welcomed into one of the fastest growing global brands, it's clear the opportunities here are phenomenal. Even for a year, the experience is invaluable for future career prospects.
European Sustainability Intern - Brunel University
Upon completing my Design degree from Brunel University, the job prospects were not as abundant as I had hoped, and I knew the next best thing I could do was to aim for an internship and continue to build my skills. I held out for a position which offered a focus on sustainability and discovered the opportunity at Samsung through Brunel's Placement and Careers Centre.
So far I've led a number of my own projects, promoting sustainability awareness with a staff induction programme and setting up a Green Office Committee - a long way from making cups of coffee! Next week I will be attending an industry association conference, and over the coming months will be developing a lifecycle assessment of one of our flagship products, providing new insights into our field.
The mixture of European and Korean culture is a unique and insightful business experience, plus it makes for great lunch menus! I was unsure whether the corporate environment would really be right for me, but despite the size and pace of Samsung I've settled right in. Stepping into the European Sustainability department, which is constantly driving improvements in the business environmental performance, I've had to learn on my feet and really get involved as a valued member of the team.
My 3 golden rules worth considering whilst looking for a placement: Always strive to have an impact and make a difference, be true to yourself with who you are and be true to others with how you are. This is a sure route to a win-win situation!