Business students will participate in summer internships in Brazil

From June to August, renewable energies, recycling, wine production and technology are among the master themes.

Per Jarl Elle

The hosting Brazilian companies are located in the cities of Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro and Bento Gonçalves .

​- The Brazilian companies are enthusiastic about receiving fresh ideas and international exposure while working with the Nord University Business School students, says associate professor Roberto Rivas Hermann.

The practices are organized as part of the new two-year project “Management practice in the context of Global Value Chains”. The project is funded by the program Intern Abroad from Norwegian DIKU (2019-2020). 

On Thursday 16 May, six business students received an introductory lecture about the program schedule, and the course guidelines. 

- Excited to work within a different culture

Master student Mark David Siatta has obtained his two-month internship in Ibravin: Wines of Brazil.

- What are your expectations while chosing a two-month internship in a Brazilian company?  

- I am excited to work within a different culture and understand how they approach problems and find solutions. The opportunity to apply classroom knowledge in an international setting is precisely the kind of experience I was seeking when I applied to this Master’s program, says Siatta.

Brazil internships 2019. From left, bachelorstudent Jenny Sæther Hulthin, master student Morten Hals, Roberto Rivas Hermann, associate professor and Mark D. Siatta, master student,  Nord University Business School (photo: Per Jarl Elle). 

Morten Hals is going to work for is Cicalo Organic.

- It is waste company focusing on composting off organic waste and selling of fertilizer. They currently work with household waste in Rio and want to expand their facility capacity further, says Morten Hals.

Hals hopes to get a chance to use the different tools we have acquired through the first year at the M.Sc. in Energy Management in an actual business setting. 

- Particularly, the experience from the class "Circular Economy" I hope will be relevant to my company. I'm also looking forward to seeing how waste management is done in a country so much different than Norway. Lastly, I hope to learn much about Brazilian culture when we have free time.

Management in Global Value Chains 

-  Your programme is called “Management practice in the context of Global Value Chains”. In short, can you describe your fascination with the GVC analysis?

- The global value chain incorporates all aspects of a business from procuring raw materials and running the operations, to marketing/strategy and logistics. Essentially, it is the foundation of trade, which is the catalyst for our society. There are myriad of components that can be analyzed and the questions that arise from this analysis provide a fascinating launchpad for continued understanding, says Mark David Siatta. 

For master student Morten Hals, GVC is a hard question.

- But global value chains have always fascinated me. Because of this I already have a bachelor in Supply Chain Management from Norwegian Business School (BI). If possible, I also hope to investigate how GVCs affect my host company's operations, says bachelor student Morten Hals.

From classroom learning to the "real world"

During the months of June and August 2019 the six students will

  • receive supervision, and have

  • the possibility to apply their classroom learning into "real-world" in an inter-cultural environment

Associate professor Roberto Rivas Hermann informs that two of the students finished their second year in the bachelor in management and economics.

One of the students will work with a company affiliated with the innovation agency of the Federal Fluminense University in Rio de Janeiro.  The company develops products for the agriculture sector, the student will be working with new product development activities.

A second student will work with the Federal Institute Rio Grande do Sul in the city of Bento Gonçalves.

As part of her duties she will collaborate with the planning of innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives.

Four master students in business will do internships in companies working with renewable energies, recycling, wine production and technology

- Their projects will focus on issues of technological benchmarking, marketing strategy, among others, says Roberto Rivas Hermann. 


Per Jarl Elle

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