“The internship experience I had with Ongresso has had a profound impact on me. From the professionally beneficial work experience to the interaction with local people and beyond, I feel my time spent here has shifted my perspective on Colombia and reminded me to constantly be open-minded.”
We interviewed Julia Zeder, who is doing an internship at Ongresso Colombia.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am from Lucerne, Switzerland. After completing my Bachelors in Business Administration at the University of Bern, I continued my studies with a Masters in Business Innovation at the University of St.Gallen. The week before I came to Colombia I handed in my thesis which marked the end of my studies.
What led you to apply for an internship with Ongresso?
Other countries, cultures and languages have always fascinated me. I have done a high school exchange in the US and a university exchange in Sweden. I have heard lots of positive things about South America and Colombia in particular but never made it to that part of the world before. Therefore, I decided to take the chance before starting a full-time job in Switzerland. As opposed to doing yet another study-related exchange, I wanted to look for work here. My dream was to find an opportunity in Medellín, and if possible in a field where I could apply my studies and previous work experience. Through my previous job in Switzerland I met someone who connected me with Daniel, the founder of Ongresso Colombia – a company that was exactly what I was looking for.
What do you do at Ongresso?
I am helping with the Business Development and honestly with whatever else comes up. In the past three months I have mainly focussed on reviewing our pricing strategy and have developed a way to create proposals more efficiently. In addition to that I created workshop material for foreign companies wishing to enter the Colombian market. This also helped me learn many things and understand the local market and current developments better.
Do you enjoy your work and living in Colombia?
Yes, I love it here! This job enables me to work on interesting tasks surrounded by the nicest team. Medellin is a fascinating city with lovely people and there are so many places to explore and things to do. This is more than just a regular internship experience because you also get the chance to learn a new language and explore a different culture. In fact, I liked my experience so much that I will for sure return to this amazing country.
Would you recommend this experience to others?
Absolutely. The internship experience I had with Ongresso has had a profound impact on me. From the professionally beneficial work experience to the interaction with local people and beyond, I feel my time spent here has shifted my perspective on Colombia and reminded me to constantly be open-minded. I am proud to have worked for this company and am eager to see what they accomplish in the future. Overall, my experience with Ongresso was truly life changing and I could not have been happier with my decision to spend my summer working with them.
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