Take the first steps in your international career through an internship at the Chamber
5 August 2020
Every six months, the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the United Kingdom offers an internship to a number of young talents with an interest in the Swedish-British business community. Now, the Chamber is looking to welcome four interns for the spring of 2021. As an intern, you will be an important part of the team at the Chamber and will contribute to the everyday operations of the entire organisation. "Holding an internship position at the Chamber is a perfect first step of your international career. I am forever grateful for my six months at the Chamber," says Erica Möller, Marketing and Communications Intern of autumn 2019.
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the United Kingdom is the ultimate platform for entrepreneurs and businesses within the Swedish-British business community. Founded in 1906 – by business and for business – the Chamber has represented, inspired and promoted its members, extended commercial relations between Sweden and the United Kingdom, and delivered first-class services and events for over a century. Throughout the years, the Chamber has been engaging young talents in its operations through its internships. In fact, H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf himself spent several months as a Chamber trainee back in 1972.
The internship lasts between December 2020 and June 2021, and includes both department-specific duties as well as supporting the office with administrative tasks. The Chamber seeks to recruit an intern for each of its four departments: Business Services, Events and Programmes, Marketing and Communications, and Membership and Community.
Project management part of daily tasks
Duties and tasks will be varying depending on which department you are assigned. Baltsar Lindgren recalls his time at the Chamber as Business Services Intern during the spring of 2020: “I had a lot of contact with representatives from different, most often Swedish, companies asking for help with their presence on the UK market. When we received an enquiry, I conducted research on companies, sectors or people relevant for the enquiry. The Business Services department offers a range of services including company matchmaking, partner searches, programmes and operational support. Project management within our offered services, from planning to execution, was therefore part of my daily tasks.”
Meet and interact with the Swedish-British business community
The Chamber organises approximately 20 events per semester. This includes both business-oriented events and events focused on social networking. The everyday tasks of the Events and Programmes intern include preparing and planning for all events, managing event sign-ups and registrations as well as communicating with collaboration partners. “As an intern, you have a fantastic opportunity to get exposed to an international environment and to meet, interact, and understand how Swedish companies operate in the UK. You are given relevant and fun tasks and are constantly challenged while working with a great team," says Clara Bergström, Events and Programmes Intern of autumn 2018.
Develop vital skills to succeed
The main responsibilities of the Marketing and Communications department is promoting the Chamber and its members across all media channels, including the website, social media, podcasts, newsletters and the member magazine The Link. Erik Helldén interned at the Marketing and Communications department during the spring of 2019 and says that he excelled both in marketing-related tasks and acquired valuable experience from an international business setting: "Not only did I develop skills vital to succeed in a professional setting, learn the ins and outs of international business and extend my network, but I also learned to truly appreciate the excitement of working closely with an amazing team to achieve a common goal.”
Building strong and mutually beneficial relationships
The Membership and Community Department is responsible for member recruitment, member retention and relationship management within the network. Lovisa Lindkvist spent six months as Members and Community Intern during spring 2019. Her tasks included managing the CRM-system, preparing and performing data projects, as well as networking with current and prospect members. “I have learned the importance of building strong and mutually beneficial relationships with other people and that business is just as much about connecting with people as it is about numbers and solving mathematical formulas,” says Lovisa.
Apply for an internship
Do you have a genuine interest in representing Sweden and promoting business and trade between the two countries? Apply for an internship latest by 1 October.