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.

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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.

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Student stories

Over the years, LUSEM students have had great experiences with SACC throughout the U.S. On this page they will share their experiences.

If you are interested in the US, how business is done there and want to gain an international experience from wherever in the world you bring your laptop – then this experience is for you!

Zakarias Grönkvist, SACC-Carolinas (North Carolina)


Name: Zakarias Grönkvist
Currently studying: BSc in Business and Economics, majoring in Corporate Finance. Starting the MSc in Finance at LUSEM 2022
Internship at: The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce of the Carolinas
Duration of the internship: Spring semester of 2022

Zakarias' story

During my programme, we have the opportunity to have an internship. When it was time for me to apply there was one company that caught my attention – SACC-Carolinas. My interest for the United States began to take shape at a young age, and I have known for a long time that it is something I want to explore more. The affection for the US, combined with my fascination for business and trade resulted in an immediate application.

A month later, I received a phone call, from the president of the organisation, saying: “We want you!”. The internship was within business development and even though I knew it would be a virtual one, I had high expectations. It all began with a meeting where I got to meet the other intern, the president of the organization and his secretary. They were all very kind and went through everything about the chamber and what my role would entail.

This internship is for someone who is very dedicated, disciplined and eager to learn. Since the internships at SACC-Carolinas are virtual and you most likely will work in another time zone, you have to be autonomous in many of your tasks. There were not many instructions, but on the other hand there were defined goals to work towards. For example, a task could be “host a webinar with another chamber”. I loved this way of working, because it gave us interns a lot of freedom to create the events in our own way. Whenever we got stuck, there was always help to get.

My main goal was to create value for our members and try to improve the chamber in any way. To name a few of my tasks I hosted webinars, updated the website, updated social media, wrote newsletters, created movies, was in contact with members and other chambers.

This has been a very rewarding and enriching experience. I have experienced the American culture, widened my network and tried new things. My three key take aways are:

  1. Adaptation, which is so important in all companies. During your career you will experience different settings and cultures, and it will always be crucial to adapt.
  2. Autonomy, during this internship I have been taught how to work by myself and handle tricky situations with some grit and patience. You cannot always expect to find easily accessible answers, sometimes you must out things on your own.
  3. Networking, which is the key everywhere. People in the US love to meet new people, exchange information and broaden their networks. This is something to take after, because it can be one way to get further in your career.

If you are interested in the US, how business is done there and want to gain an international experience from wherever in the world you bring your laptop – then this experience is for you!

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SACC-NE is the perfect place to enrich your experiences and expand your network by interacting with different businesses and talented people

Thea Wadell, SACC-NE (New England, Boston)

Name: Thea Wadell
Currently studying: BSc in Business and Economics, majoring in Management and Organization
Internship at: The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce New England
Duration of the internship: Autumn semester of 2022


Thea's story

I have always had a dream of going to the United States, so when I saw the opportunity to have an internship at the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce I did not hesitate to apply. SACC-NE is the perfect place to enrich your experiences and expand your network by interacting with different businesses and talented people. In addition, it is an opportunity where you learn more about the U.S. market and the relationship to Sweden, as well as broadening your international perspective.

My main area was event and marketing, with duties and responsibilities center on planning and managing events. In addition to that, I also managed and updated our website and social media, and created and developed marketing material for emails, social media and events. You get to come with initiatives and be creative. For instance, me and the other interns created a podcast to highlight the Swedish-American business community in the New England region. There are different focuses and roles at the chamber, so I believe there is something for everyone.

The time at SACC-NE was an incredibly valuable experience. Being in a small organization, multitasking becomes key, and you learn to work on multiple and diverse projects at the same time. With responsibility from the very start, you learn to be accountable and deliver for the internal deadlines. These are all skills I will take with me when continuing my studies. In addition, you gain valuable ‘real world’ experience and business-related skills, as well as develop a professional international network in a region with some of the world’s most prominent life science, technology, and cleantech industry clusters. It is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to gain a competitive edge – both internationally and in Sweden.

Boston is located on the coast and it is a great city to live in. It is an exceptional city in terms of recreation, cultural and sporting events. Here you can explore different museums, the historic freedom trail and eat the best-known New England clam chowder and lobster rolls. In addition to the great sports and food, Boston is the home to the largest entrepreneurial and investor community in the U.S. East Coast and a world-leading innovation center with close affiliations to renowned universities such as Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

After my time in Boston, I gained a new perspective on working in an international setting and developed both professionally and personally. With a great team, diverse work, and an exciting environment, I can’t do anything but recommend an internship at SACC-NE.

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An internship with SACC-DC is a fun experience that comes with new friends and professional relationships. I highly recommend anyone interested to learn more and apply – it will be a unique experience.

Jakob Enander, SACC-DC (Washington D.C.)

Name: Jakob Enander
Currently studying: BSc in Business and Economics
Internship at: The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce of Washington D.C. (SACC-DC)
Duration of the internship: Autumn semester of 2021


Jakob's story

When I considered different opportunities in my last year as a business student, I knew that I wanted to take the chance and gain hands-on work experience from an inspiring organization where I get to practice my academical knowledge. For a long time, I have had a desire to live in the U.S, and I was also curious about what it would be like to work in an international organization with prominent Swedish and American businesses in the center of the American capital. The internship at the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., corresponded perfectly with these aspirations.

At SACC-DC, I got to work with a variety of tasks all related to the core activities of the organization. I was part of a small team that continuously worked closely together which created a productive environment characterized by a lot of internal support and creativity. As SACC-DC is a small, non-profit organization, all team members are more of less involved in all the different activities going on. This type of setting enabled me to learn how to work with several vital tasks simultaneously, how to deal with unexpected challenges and to always be inclined to take on new pressing assignments. It also meant I had lot of responsibility over the tasks I was assigned, which at the same time came with a lot of freedom and creativity in how to perform or improve them.

My main tasks revolved around writing the monthly newsletter, assisting with the ongoing administration of finances, budgeting, and current record of accounting as well as the planning and execution of one of SACC-DC’s flagship events, the annual golf tournament. In addition, I also assisted in the conduction of several other in-person events. All of this did not only provide me with knowledge of how to practice various common business assignments, but I also gained valuable experience in how to contribute and function in the core of an intense organization. I got the chance to work and meet with many prominent businesses representatives in the SACC network, which gave me a lot of insights and connections in parts of the Swedish-American business and trade sector.

With offices in House of Sweden in the middle of Washington, D.C., SACC-DC is operating right at the core of one of the major political, commercial, and academical hotspots in the U.S. This is reflected by the many beautiful and well-known government and corporate buildings in the city. With walking distance from House of Sweden to the National Mall, you can experience all of the fascinating monuments, memorials, and museums in a beautiful and historic environment. Not the least is there always a sports game or music event to sign up for in the weekends.

The experiences I gained from my internship with SACC-DC are with no doubt valuable and I will take them with me to future employments. I believe this internship, with its width of assignments, and extraordinary network, is beneficial to students with most interests, academical orientations and personalities. Additionally, an internship with SACC-DC is a fun experience that comes with new friends and professional relationships. I highly recommend anyone interested to learn more and apply – it will be a unique experience.

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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.

Noel Rodhe, SACC-DC (Washington D.C.)

Name: Noel Rodhe

Currently studying: BSc in Business and 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


Noel’s story

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.

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About SACC-USA

SACC-USA is a key facilitator in the development of trade relations and investment opportunities between the United States and Sweden. The network consists of 19 regional Chambers across the U.S. 

Read more about SACC-USA

Last published: 2022-07-08