It was a long and tough selection process with about 600 applicants for our 2017 Summer Internship, many of whom were very highly qualified. But at the end there was six final candidates doing their Summer Internships during eight weeks last summer. You can see some pictures from their experiences here on this site or by using the hashtag #atlascopcointernship2017 on Instagram.
Olof Linde is currently studying for his Master´s degree in International Business and Trade at Gothenburg University-School of Business, Economics and Law. He conducted his summer internship at the Mining and Rock Excavation division in Örebro and Nashik, India.
The Mining and Rock Excavation summer project was inititiated to investigate the most efficient way of increasing global sales of a specific product category. An out-of-the box solution was requested by the division to serve as an alternative to the traditional sales practices.
At his internship, Olof conducted a project within sales development where the project objective was to analyze the sales processes for underground ventilation systems. By the end of the project, Olof presented suggestions of improvement to top management, and found some of them implemented further on.
Although Olof found it challenging to be alone in a country totally different than Sweden, he describes his time in India as extremely rewarding as he gained experience of conducting business in one of the world´s largest emerging markets. He also enjoyed getting to travel India, and especially the visit to Hutti Gold Mines where he got to go 1 km underground to see their mining operations up close!
At the moment, Olof is busy writing his Master thesis for the Mining and Rock Excavation business area. He describes his internship as an immense beneficial experience in terms of preparation of writing his thesis. He also states how helpful it is to already have established a network within the company which he can utilize for his thesis work.
“I would say that you´re a fool if you don´t apply for this internship! Few companies invest as much in their interns as Atlas Copco. I mean, what other company brings in six interns and send them all over the world? Moreover, it´s extremely valuable to get a foot inside such recognizable company as Atlas Copco. I recommend applicants to emphasize whatever project management experience they might have. Atlas Copco is looking for people who are self-driven and can run projects.”