Advantages as compared with other places of internship
What was crucial in deciding to apply for the NIS internship was the flexibility – you were supposed to spend 320 hours in practice in three months, which is practically 40 working days of 8 hours each, and you were given the opportunity to, in consultation with mentor, do the whole practice in two months or take the day off when you need it or not work for 8 hours but less – all within the official quota, and as you see fit. I agreed with my mentor to be in practice for 3 months, but to take days off if needed because of planned trips and other obligations. Another benefit for me was training at Corporate University, an educational program that NIS provides to its employees. It was a unique opportunity to meet and connect with other practitioners (some of whom I now privately hang out with), as well as to cover both theoretically and practically important soft skills topics from top experts. The last but important benefit is that you don’t have to think about meals – NIS’ business centres have their own restaurants with great food, and the practice covers those costs as well as transportation costs.
A day of an intern at NIS
Talking to other interns, I decided that everyone’s workday looks different – it all depends on the team members’ habits and you can join them or create your own. I liked the schedule of my team and fit into mine, so we all go to breakfast and lunch together, and in the meantime, everyone does their tasks, which are varied and include numerous projects, constant meetings and a whole bunch of emails. What I would point out as the most important is the fact that my mentor and all the other team members treat me as an equal from the beginning – involve me in projects they work on, give me complex tasks without constant scrutiny, give me the opportunity to express my opinions and make suggestions which were considered in the same way as the suggestions of long-time team members. Occasionally, we also work in the field, so on the second working day I had the opportunity to go to Novi Sad, but also to visit the refinery in Pančevo, as well as the gas station near Velika Plana. The job at my department is truly colourful and involves working on organizing internal events, researching corporate culture, assisting with video recording for employees, writing texts for internal Portal and internal magazine, creating newsletters, preparing for GDPR and many more. I also accidentally learned to work in one audio program. What I know for sure every morning is that I won’t be bored and monotonous.
This was briefly my story of the NIS practice experience and I sincerely hope it motivated you to apply for a challenge that will bring you unique experiences as well as acquaintances with great people!