Summer Internship at Ericsson Headquarters

Tjena/Hej to all you sweet souls!

My name is Palash Maru and I am in my second year of the Masters program in Logistics & Supply Chain Management at LTH, Lund University. Please feel free to contact me with any questions at ambassador_scm@lth.lu.se.

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Stockholm! The capital city of Sweden a.k.a The NYC of Scandinavia. The happening and aesthetically pleasing city with the best roads, the best museums, the best public transportation and most importantly the best PEOPLE of Sweden. From the artistic ‘Tunnelbanas’ to the ecstatic archipelago, every bit of Stockholm oozes bliss. From being the source city of the famous and paradoxical ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ to being one of the top 5 cities of the world having the best work life balance, Stockholm is and can be everything you want it to be. 

 

 

 

Well, enough about me describing Stockholm as all ‘sunshine and roses’. Let us cut through the chase and talk about my internship experience at Ericsson AB headquarters in Kista, Stockholm. The first question which must have struck anyone’s brain after reading the title of this blog is : How did you apply for it? How tough is it to get in especially for International, non-Swedish speaking students? How is the work culture, environment and the work-life balance at such corporate giants? What field was the internship pursued in?  Don’t you worry child ( Swedish House Mafia reference :p), all these questions will be answered. Just sit tight throughout the ride.

So a little intro about me and my masters program. I am pursuing my masters in Supply Chain Management & Logistics from Lund University, Sweden. My experience with this programme has been stupendous up to this point. This programme is the perfect blend of theory and practice, which enables you to build strong foundations in the area of supply chain management and logistics. The teachers and staff are highly qualified with a plethora of knowledge and a solid understanding of what they know and teach. I absolutely adore the programme because I am exposed to different dynamics in both business and engineering management, and I get to work in groups collaboratively as well. The programme has lived up to my expectations so far. In Lund, I got the chance to meet new people and experience the different seasons. Life outside the University is a bit slower than it is in the big city where I grew up, but I am getting used to it now. Lund and Sweden in general are very welcoming and student friendly. Do not worry, my international friends; almost everybody speaks fluent English in Sweden!

Having said all the above mentioned, due to the program structure and quality of education associated with it, I felt really confident for applying to different companies for internships in the field of supply chain management, logistics, sourcing, warehousing & procurement. I started to apply through company websites and mostly through Linkedin. I got calls from Ikea, H&M & Ericsson. The selection process for all these internships were rigorous, often involving more than 3 rounds including Video CV interviews, HR interviews and final interviews with the hiring manager. After all these hardships, I ultimately landed an internship at Ericsson AB headquarters in the Inbound Supply Management Dept.

My work: Technically Responsible for driving capability and running capacity management. The cardinal work was to establish and maintain supplier governance, execute transactional sourcing and optimise the use of capital resources. Indirectly responsible for maintaining dimension and setting up the supply chain of the company. In simple words I had to replace 3 people who went for summer vacations and had to act as their backup and perform all the tasks mentioned. The internship lasted for roughly 2 months, was well paid and was one of the most chilled out work experience I ever had. Everyone at this company was very knowledgable, experienced, skilled and most importantly polite & helping. My work and life were perfectly balanced as I was just required to work for not more than 7,5 hours a day with an option to work from home if required. This kind of flexibility is what made my internship fun. 

In conclusion, I would certainly root for Sweden and specially Lund university as a preferred institution for your education augmentation which provides people from all over the world an equal opportunity to nurture, polish & nourish your talents and put it to a worthy use for the betterment of one’s own-self, people and the planet.

I welcome all the newly admitted students and hope that potential students will get some clarity & motivation in making the decision to pursue studies in Sweden. 

Until next time, Hej då

Palash Maru

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Arrival in Lund!

Tjena all you good humans!

My name is Isabella and I am in my second year of the MArk program at Lund University. Feel free to contact me with any questions at ambassador_mark@lth.lu.se.

If you’re a MArk student yourself please join our facebook group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/416311532303809/about/

This time last year my Swedish adventure began in Kiruna visiting friends during the perpetual dusk to dawn of their arctic summer. A 16hr train and some unconventional modes of travel took me down from the most Northern town in Sweden to Skåne län Lund. Pine tree forests, humble mountains, fjäll raven clad Swedes and moose sightings fell way to expansive flat plains interrupted only by wind turbines.

Watching the sun never set at 2am atop a big red church in Kiruna.

I arrived in a big 8 bedroom housing collective in Northern Lund. It was 10pm by the time I arrived into an empty house. I knew not a single soul in Lund. I had ambitiously arrived early to set myself up in Sweden, hoping to open a bank account (ultimately to acquire swish) – a bureaucratic process that required first obtaining a person number, residency permit, etc before eventuating in an account some 9 months later!

I had decided in 2012 during my second year of my bachelor in Architecture that I wanted to study in Sweden. I had met Swedes while ski instructing in Revelstoke, Canada and while volunteering in Budanilkuntha, Nepal that I had fallen in love with. Their witty sense of humour, adventure seeking and open-minded nature I found among many Scandinavians drew me in. Nature aside I was always captivated by the Swedish and Danish minimalistic and humanistic approach to design. I ventured to challenge myself by studying my Masters in Architecture abroad, and further to specialise in human shelter and urban design which I had yet to explore during my prior 5 years working.

Charmed by the cobblestoned old town, a soon bustling housing collective, sailing between Malmö & Copenhagen, home-baked fikas to the vine leaves clinging to beautiful historic buildings, my welcome to Lund was a vibrant one.

Vine leaf clad buildings of Lund.

However settling into a new environment will inevitably come with some challenges. Such are the ebbs and flows of venturing out of your comfort zone. Trust that the highs are higher – reach out to those around you and whenever possible immerse yourself in various activities outdoors while the days are long! Moving abroad to a foreign context in such a progressive part of the world will only nourish your patience, humility and empathy.

Welcome to Lund for all you newcomers! I wish you a smooth transition full of friend-making, picnics, falafel, weekend hikes, kardemummabullar, sunshine and fika!

Please feel welcome to reach out with your own experiences of arriving in Lund 🙂

Isabella

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iGEM Advanced Course During the Summer

Hello everyone! I would like to welcome you to Lund University.
My name is Mateusz and I am the programme ambassador for the MSc Biotechnology in the upcoming academic year. Feel free to ask me anything related to the programme, courses or just student life in Lund. Contact me via email ambassador_bio@lth.lu.se

Today, I would like to tell you something about advanced courses and how mine is quite unusual.

So what is an advanced course? It is basically a project course worth 15 CP, where you work on a specific topic for around 10 weeks under a supervision of one of researchers at LTH. The final result of an advanced course usually is a written report and a presentation. However, everything the topic, the goals and the requirements for a passing grade are discussed with the supervisor before you start. You can take it during any study period or like me, during the summer.

What is special about my advanced course? My advanced course is a part of a worldwide iGEM competition that is focused on synthetic biology. In short, interdisciplinary teams of students from many universities around the world compete against each other to design the best genetically engineered machine! Our team consists of eleven people studying biotechnology, nanoscience, mathematics, physics and biomedical engineering. The aim of our team is to engineer a genetically modified probiotic that can be used to deaccumulate toxic metals from our bodies!
To sum it up, my advanced course is done in a quite big group of students, we started in February and will finish in November (we will present our project in Boston) and it is a competition… (but in reality it feels like we are one big family with the other teams 🙂 ).

The lab part of iGEM

How did I become a part of the team? Last year, in December, I went to a lunch lecture that explained iGEM to LTH students. There, I received all the necessary information about the competition, last year’s participants experience and the application process. I decided to apply and after several weeks I was invited to an interview and then I was notified that I was one of the lucky few who got selected!

How is my experience so far? I learned a lot about synthetic biology, experimental design and some other valuable things. However, one of the most important things that happens to you during iGEM is networking. You travel to other universities in different countries for workshops, hackathons and conferences. You meet a lot of people from many countries, all with their own specific interests, some of them are researchers, businessmen and some are fellow students, just like you.

Working hard in the lab 🙂

While the summer is slowly going to an end, we are currently focused on the experiments in the lab, which can be a lot of fun but also a lot of work. As we are closer to the finish line, I feel both excited and a little sad at the same time. Excited, because soon we will get to present our work in Boston and meet all these amazing people again but sad, because the whole iGEM experience slowly approaches the end.

I hope that you have had nice holidays before you arrival and are excited to get here soon. I look forward to meeting you soon here during our biotech fika where you will have opportunity to meet the oldies who were in exactly your position last year. See you soon!

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Learning Swedish

Hello everyone, this holiday is halfway through. I have studied the Swedish Course (A1) during this holiday. Here, I will share it with you!

The textbook I used is called Rivstart A1+A2 Textbok and Övningbok. Due to lack of time, I only learned A1, the basic one.

The textbook for Swedish course

According to my understanding, there are three ways to learn Swedish in Lund. First, some students have the possibility to choose a Swedish course set up by Lund University, 7.5 credits, which is counted in the total credits. Second, you can choose Swedish course held by SFI (Swedish for immigrants). This is a course specially designed for immigrants. It is free of charge and the course arrangement is relatively scattered. However, personal number is necessary for this kind of course ( if it’s a one-year master program, you do not have a personal number, then you can not apply for that). The most important thing is that the the average waiting time is about 3-5 months long. Third, participate in the Folkuniversitetet, (this is the link: https://www.folkuniversitetet.se/). This is what I chose. The course I took this time is an intensive course, 9-12 a.m. from Monday to Friday, for 3 weeks. Students can get a 20% discount with their student ID.

 

In addition, except the textbooks mentioned above, some daily language, as well as some common vocabulary, you need to learn by yourself. Here are some apps that I am using now: Drops, Memrise, Plugghäst and Lexin.

 

Although Lund is an international university town, English can meet all the requirements of everyday life, still learning Swedish helps you get to know the local life. Are you ready to learn Swedish~

 

 

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Summer jobs

Hello everyone! And welcome to my first post on this blog. Join me over the next year to learn about the life of a Water Resources Engineering student in Lund.

At the time of my writing this post, I am on summer break in Leipzig (Germany), where I’m working as an intern in an engineering consultancy focusing on the construction of infrastructure projects such as drinking water pipes and canal systems. Before coming to Lund, I never had an extended summer break, where I could seize the opportunity to gain some real-life experience working at a company, which makes this current experience all the more valuable.

It’s quite common for Swedish and international students in Lund to look for summer jobs for at least part of the three month summer break to make some money and ideally learn something about the work one would like to do upon graduating. In practice it can be a bit tricky to find the “perfect” summer job as an international student, because many Swedish companies prefer native Swedish speakers. For me, it boiled down to choosing between a more lucrative job (in terms of the salary) and one that would include more interesting work and I chose the latter one.

My current employer is a Swedish company that has offices all around Europe working on civil and environmental engineering, as well as architectural projects. In my first few weeks at this job, I was able to apply a lot of the skills that I acquired in the last year studying in Lund. For example, taking the hydromechanics course (VVRN35) came in handy, when I was faced with some design problems regarding the slope of different sewage pipes. So far my tasks have included supervising a fairly large construction site, creating plans in autocad, and statistically analyzing the offers on various construction services for ongoing and upcoming projects here in Leipzig.


Drinking water pipes waiting to be installed at "my" construction site

Drinking water pipes at “my” construction site, just before being installed.

As with every internship I’ve done, I am learning a lot and I can only recommend prospective students to use their summer break to work as a water resources engineer, if they can find a suitable position.

Otherwise, I am really looking forward to meeting the new batch of WRE students on arrival day or in the first weeks of the fall semester!!

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Living as a Food Technologist and Nutritionist in Lund

Hej! Tjena!

Once more, I would like to welcome you guys to Lund University. I am Cynthia Andriani, a second-year student in Food Technology and Nutrition and will be a student program ambassador for 2019/2020. I am so excited to tell my stories as Foodies in Lund. Basically, our activities for two years will be located at Kemicentrum building including laboratories, class, group work, lunch, fika (Swedish style of coffee break), meetings, also teachers’ offices.

Kemicentrum building (Naturvetarvägen 14, 22362 Lund)

After completing two semester, I could say that studying in Lund is not all about reading, attending class, lab working, writing the report, etc. but also more about doing fun and enjoyable things. There are many mandatory and elective courses that you can adjust based on your needs and interest. Believe me, this fundamental part will be completely explained by our program coordinator before new semester is started. I would like to mention two fun activities that at least you could find during studying in Food Technology and Nutrition program.


Making homemade Sauerkraut (fermented cabbage)

First, FOOD MAKING. Mostly, people try to associate our program with cooking, eating (food testing), and food product development. Of course, we did it! Our course is designed comprehensively with some fun lab works such as making fermented cabbage in the Probiotic elective course, baking our muffin in the Formulation course, and making your own tasty yogurt in the Food Microbiology course. Although there might be an upcoming report and presentation, don’t worry because sometimes you don’t need to do it alone. The education system in this university mostly involves peers and group work activities. My suggestions are to be an active-supportive peer and be adaptive with diversity.


Study visit (field trip) to farm


Free product testing during company visit

What’s next? The most enjoyable part for a student is STUDY VISIT (FIELD TRIP). A short escape from the daily routine on campus, getting new insights and for sure grab free food testing! At least I have experienced four study visits in four different courses i.e. Formulation (Oatly!, AAK), Probiotics (Chr Hansen), Dairy Technology (Skånemejerier milk industry and farm), Food Safety (Pågen bread). In addition, you will experience to be taught by professionals from both multinational and regional companies, government, and academia (researchers, scientists from other universities) as visiting or guest lecturers.

Summing up my first writing about living as a Food Technologist and Nutritionist, I come to the point that studying is not always boring. There are several nonacademic activities that you can engage too as students. For that topic, I promise you to share in another series of my blog writing (please wait!). So, looking forward to the upcoming Food Tech fika in Lund! Enjoy the holiday and please don’t do your summer alone. 

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Welcome to the SUDes family at Lund!

Tjena! Hope you are doing great and excited to come and join us at Lund University. My name is Wrishitesh Sarkar and I am in my second year of Sustainable Urban Design masters programme based at the A-building of Lunds Tekniska Högskola (LTH). I will be your Programme Ambassador for Sustainable Urban Design this year. After spending almost a year in this ever-active and sublime place, I am very eager to share my experiences and memories made herein, so as to imbibe the learning atmosphere of Lund.


Campus surrounding amidst nature

My primal post will be more of an academic one, as to why Lund University is the ideal place to be for an urban design student.  Firstly, the university campus is not within a boundary, but well integrated into the normal town-life of Lund with varied departments spread out from central to north. When I first came here and was taking a walk through the cobble-stone streets of the town, I felt as if each area tells a story through time. Secondly, the blending of urban greenery with the town is one of the classic urban design examples that you can experience as a student. You would notice that each area has a well balanced share of ‘cultivated green’ (might look as a small forest but it’s not). You will find out about the sustainable importance of this later on in our course. 🙂 One can usually spot a ‘hare’ or a ‘hedgehog’ just beside your apartment building which gives a feeling that you are living amidst nature.


Hope you are welcomed by one of these little guys 🙂

With regards to our department, you would see that our course is very well structured to receive new design tools and methodology of sustainable urban design. I have realized through this one year that one of our main strong-points is the method of analysis that we are engaged to do in our projects. Throughout the study period, the course journey is like a way of story-telling, first from city scale to region scale and then to global scale which finally ends with the thesis.


One of our design presentation days last autumn

I am myself intrigued with the details that we get to know every week about our designs. We also have completed some wonderful study trips from Amsterdam to Edinburgh! This is one of the perks of studying in this programme.

I’m ending this blog with a recent summer pic from Lund.


A summer sunset from my place!

Hope you all have a nice weekend and preparing to get here soon. I look forward to meeting you in a few months. Please stay tuned for more about Lund and our wonderful student life here!  Feel free  to get in touch with me if you have any queries related to study and life in Lund.

My email id is:

ambassador_sud@lth.lu.se

See you soon!

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Greetings from your new DRMCCA Ambassador!

Hello everyone! 

My name is Mar Morales and I will be this year’s Ambassador for the Master Programme in Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation (DRMCCA)

I am super excited to be able to share my experience with you! throughout this coming year I will be available through the email: ambassador_drmcca@lth.lu.se to answer all of your questions.

This very first post I would like to introduce myself and tell you about the reasons why I chose to study DRMCCA. 

As I said, my name is Mar Morales and I am originally from Mexico. As a bachelor’s I studied International Relations because I was curious to understand more about the complexity of the world that we live in. Upon finishing my bachelor’s, back in 2017, I felt the need to gain more precise and specialized knowledge on some of the today’s more pressing problems, so I started looking for Master programmes.

My search for world class international programs lead me to Lund University and, eventually, to the DRMCCA programme. The more I read about the programme the more I wanted to be part of it.

On the one hand, despite being part of the Faculty of Engineering, the programme consists of people from a wide range of backgrounds, including an Internationalist like myself.  One year into the program I can say that this multidisciplinarity has come through during all our group works and discussions and it is deeply enriching!

The program also deals with some of the most critical issues nowadays: climate change and its impacts on societies. This was one of the strongest reasons I had to dive head on into the application for the program and I can truly say I don’t regret it! All throughout, a critical mindset has been encouraged and students have the opportunity to dig deeper into those subjects that they are more interested in. 

Last but not least, as part of Lund University the DRMCCA programme comes with world class renown and with lots of supporting  structures for students. Additionally, the members of the Division of Risk Management and Societal Safety at LTH are greatly recognized researchers and practitioners with a wealth of knowledge and experience, which greatly adds to all the learning opportunities!

As you can see I am super happy and grateful to be part of the DRMCCA programme! Through this upcoming year I will try to tell you more about my life as an International student in Lund and as part of the programme itself! Stay tuned!  

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Summer in Sweden

Hej hej! My name is Ceren and I will be the programme ambassador for the Energy-efficient and Environmental Building Design Master Programme for the upcoming year.

First of all, I congratulate and welcome all new EEBD students. If you are considering this master programme in the future, you are also more than welcome to send e-mail to ambassador_eebd@lth.lu.se for questions regarding the programme, the courses and student life in Helsingborg.

Now, the courses are over, and the summer has already started. If you’re in Sweden at this time of the year, you are most likely to see many people sunbathing in parks all around the city. At first, I was very surprised to see people with swimsuit laying on grass. But after 10 months of life in Sweden, I realized how important the sun is and how Swedes make the most of the sun while it still shines.

If you want to benefit from the sun next to the sea, there are many nearby areas where you can enjoy sand, sea and sun. Tropical Beach or Gröningen would be the best options if you want to stay in the city centre.

 

View to Helsingør (Denmark) from the Tropical Beach in Helsingborg

If you prefer to be away from the city, there are a lot of options. Fortuna Strand in Rydebäck is one of them and it only takes around 30 minutes from the city centre by bus or by bike. There is a wind shelter and barbecue spot only 50 meters away from the sea. It is possible to sleep in the shelter with a mat and a sleeping bag. When I was there with my friends, some of us even slept outside the shelter, under the stars. It was such an amazing experience. It was the first time in my life that I slept outside in nature but I’m sure that it won’t be the last. Because in Sweden, you can camp freely as long as it’s not in someone’s private garden! Here is the link for further information about camping in Sweden: https://www.naturetravels.co.uk/faqs-wild-camping-sweden.htm

Sunset in Fortuna Strand in Rydebäck
Wind shelter that can accommodate up to 10 people

See you soon!

Ceren

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New beginnings!

After the graduation ceremony

Wrapping up the academic year and for me, wrapping up my academic career (for now) has been a bittersweet journey. The corridors have started getting emptier and graduation halls are filling up.

It all seems slightly disheartening but equally exciting. This past weekend I moved from my precious room in the centre to an area in the north. My travelling route has changed and I am still exploring hidden streets of Lund. This is how I am embracing change.

I don’t look forward to seeing my friends leave but I am glad we have all accomplished what we set to do. Personally, I have gained more from the experience of studying outside the classroom than within. I stand firm in the beauty of studying abroad- if you have doubts, I would like to encourage you otherwise.

Vi ses!

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