SACC-USA internship agreement
The Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce
A special agreement between SACC-USA and Lund University makes it possible for students from Lund University to do an internship with a SACC Regional Chamber as part of your academic study programme.
Two internships per semester
Two internships for Lund University students are made available in the spring semester, two during the summer semester, and two in the fall semester. The internships will be published at our application page.
Over the years, LUSEM students have had great experiences with SACC throughout the U.S. On this page they will share their experiences.
SACC-DC feels like a personal workplace, as well as a positive and encouraging atmosphere, but it’s also a grand organization in the sense that it has access to a vast network of major companies and talented individuals in the greater D.C. area.
Name: Noel Rodhe
Currently studying: BSc in Business & Economics, majoring in Corporate Finance
Internship at: The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce of Washington D.C. (SACC-DC)
Duration of the internship: Autumn semester of 2020
Applying for, and being admitted to, an internship on the far side of the Atlantic was an interesting experience considering the ongoing pandemic. My internship at SACC-DC was conducted remotely from Sweden which entailed some obvious circumstantial changes such as differing time zones, no in-real-life meetings with the colleagues or spending an entire semester in the capital of the USA. However, I don’t think my overall assessment of the internship would have been much more positive had the circumstances been normal.
SACC-DC is a small organization which meant I was assigned tasks central to the foundational activities and truly felt that I could make a difference, while learning from experienced executives and fellow interns alike. Therefore, SACC-DC feels like a personal workplace, as well as a positive and encouraging atmosphere, but it’s also a grand organization in the sense that it has access to a vast network of major companies and talented individuals in the greater D.C. area. As an intern I got to work with companies both large and small and their skilled representatives, with whom I developed my professional and interpersonal skills, something I found particularly rewarding.
All my tasks boiled down to facilitating transatlantic trade and business connections, and could include writing articles for the newsletter, marketing on social media and most prominently planning and conducting networking and informative events, which is the core service in the mission to bolster international trade, as well as a financial pillar for SACC-DC. The internship also involved several stressful elements, enabling me to learn what I find stressful and preparing to deal with similar problems during future employment.
With the internship over and done with, I feel that I’ve acquired vital knowledge of the mechanisms of a professional work environment and prepared myself for future work-related undertakings. Besides, despite not having been in D.C. in person, I’d still argue that I’ve taken part of the American culture and increased my self-confidence in the meantime.
This internship suits students regardless if they major in economics, business administration, international business or some other field and I also figure that more or less anyone would feel at home at SACC-DC. Therefore, I highly encourage fellow students to apply for an internship and take part in the wonderful community at SACC-DC, in order to develop oneself both professionally and personally.