One of the main reasons why I decided to do an internship in Amsterdam is that I want to speak English more fluently. I strongly believe that this is only possible by trying to communicate in English 24/7. With so many expats living here and tourists visiting the city, it almost feels like an English-speaking community. If the street signs and health insurance letters were not in Dutch, one could say that the city's language is English.
From now on I would also like to describe how my English develops. In the first days after my arrival it was of course a big change of habits and I had a hard time talking about my private life (in terms of vocabulary). Contrary to my expectations, I found it easier to have business conversations. I suppose that comes from the hackathons and the English papers I read during my studies.
I would say that I took the next step about the third week. At this point I noticed more and more that I no longer translate anything from German, but that it bubbled out directly in English. I also had my first dream in English. I am curious how it will develop in the coming months, as they say: in every language you have a different personality.
As I already described at the beginning, the social environment plays an important role for me to feel comfortable. One thing I can already tell in advance: I feel very comfortable. So far I have only made acquaintances with great people in Amsterdam. Starting with my roommate, who gave me a warm welcome and made it really easy for me to move in.
I was especially lucky to meet another intern on the second evening, with whom I have a lot in common and we get along very well. I also got to know two other interns better. I'm a little disappointed that the other interns rarely join us when we meet. This is why a small group has already formed in the second week. But hey, optimistically speaking, closer friendships are starting to grow.
I'm also enthusiastic about my department at adidas. As usual, everyone is very helpful and welcomed me with open arms. Even after one month, all of them are still extremely friendly and answer every question in as much detail as possible.
I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to these people. You made my start here very easy!
By Day2Day I mean my daily routine. Since 5 out of 7 days of my everyday life take place in the office, the majority of this paragraph will give an insight into my tasks and the setting of the internship.
First of all I would like to say that I am incredibly happy to have found fun in sports again. During my time in Bayreuth my body got quite rusty and the Bavarian beer did the rest. In Amsterdam I was able to motivate myself anew and managed to go to the gym for at least 30 minutes every single day before work (imagine me patting myself on the shoulder).
I am more than satisfied with my work. I am part of the Global Consumer Service team, which is part of the Digital Brand Commerce. The department takes care of various initiatives related to both digital and consumer-related issues. Since I'm a big fan of consumer-oriented efforts, it couldn't have been better. The team is working with agile methods. In our case, we use Scrum. During August it became clear that I had the opportunity to work with two product owners. The technology we are working with the development team is Artificial Intelligence. More specifically, I am assigned to the project to develop an in-house chatbot for adidas.
In the beginning I faced some challenges because I had never worked with Scrum before. It was indeed a lot of input, especially regarding the ceremonies related to it. But at this point I have to congratulate my line manager Carla, who brought the structures closer to me in her own way. I really liked the fact that she gave me the first two weeks to get to know important stakeholders and a good overview of the processes and structures. That was and still is the perfect starting point to quickly find the right contact person in a very large company. She also gives me the chance to develop myself personally and gives me room for ideas and helps me to put them into practice (even outside the Chatbot initiative). The possibilities I have are greater than I ever imagined and I am still very grateful to be here.
If you now think that I only do cool things here and can make my dreams come true, I have to disappoint you. I am mostly involved in the chatbot project and of course I have typical internship tasks within it, which are sometimes not so much fun. If I perform well during these and the other daily tasks, I will be supported in my personal development. I am very curious which doors are going to open during the time and which chances I can seize.