Taking an entire internship program online isn't easy, especially when COVID-19 forced work & life online, and thousands of companies had to quickly adapt their internship programs to the circumstances.
ABB in Egypt was not too far from accepting this “new normal” reality, rose to the occasion and decided to move forward with a fresh and creative way to ensure that its regular internship program is happening this year giving interns a truly unforgettable summer, both personally and professionally.
“ABB internship this year has provided students with a great way to learn and expand their knowledge within our industrial environment. I am so proud that we, at ABB in Egypt, managed to keep our interns inspired and motivated throughout the whole program and hope we were able to leave a good and positive mark on their future career”, said Loay Dajani, Managing Director, ABB, Egypt.
1100 applications received, 86 online modules/quizzes to choose the right participants, 120 students chosen from 21 universities around Egypt. 8 interactive sessions over the course of a month were conducted covering many power engineering aspects and specialties, from electric vehicle infrastructure, drives and motors applications to process automation, robotics and ABB smart tools, with a very interactive session on HR and how to plan your future to join ABB, all interactions were designed with a studious goal: to provide knowledge the best way we can and demonstrate how ABB safe, smart and sustainable technology is truly the wave of the future.
5 factory visits with extreme COVID precautions, were led by 20 of ABB employees, who volunteered to offer hands on experience and technical knowledge & soft skills and share it with the eager young minds of electrical engineering in Egypt.
“Before you are a leader, success is about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is about growing others. With this internship I am more convinced than ever that motivated human resources are like natural resources; they’re often buried deep. You have to go looking for them; they’re not just lying around on the surface” said Ashraf Farouk, HR Manager ABB, Egypt.
The internship style and model this year has caught the attention of many students from various universities and has generated thousands of social media interaction and positive feedback. The hashtag #dreamcatchers, has literally described our interns’ mission illustrating their true role in life and work: Work and you’ll get what you need; work harder and you’ll get what you want.