“My whole experience at Ongresso in Medellin feels like a dream. Especially, working with such an amazing team in an office in the middle of the Parque Lleras. The internship experience I had here helped me develop new skills, improve my Spanish and see how much impact an intern can have.”
We interviewed Mohamed Nazar Mahmoud, who is doing an internship at Ongresso Colombia.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am from Bern, Switzerland. Football and Salsa lover. Currently studying Business Administration at the University of St. Gallen. Last semester I participated in an Exchange Program at the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana and now I’m a very happy Intern at Ongresso.
What led you to apply for an internship with Ongresso?
I was always in love with the Spanish language and the Latino culture. I took Spanish & Salsa classes back in Switzerland for almost 2 years. I knew that I have to take a bigger step to get to know the culture better. I decided to participate in an Exchange Program in Colombia and here I am now. Knowing that the semester only lasts for 4 months I searched opportunities to stay longer in Medellin. Thanks to my Mentor I got in contact with Daniel Breitenmoser. We had an awesome chat on Skype and from then on I knew that I want to apply for an internship at Ongresso.
What do you do at Ongresso?
I am helping with the Business Development. My key responsibilities are Lead Generation through Social Media. I help managing Ongresso’s Social Media Accounts. In the past three months I have mainly focussed in creating a Social Media strategy for Ongresso and creating its content.
Do you enjoy your work and living in Colombia?
Me and my friends we promised each other to buy a Finca (holiday home) here in Colombia. I absolutely love the life in Medellin. The people here are amazing! The weather is amazing! The food (have you ever tried patacones?) is amazing! The atmosphere in the stadium is amazing! I think is easy to see that I’m enjoying it here. I will definitely come back!
My internship has been eventful since the beginning. In fact, during my first week at Ongresso I we had our Onboarding Weekend in Guatapé, which was a great way to get to know my new colleagues. Then, perhaps the most fascinating event so far has been seeing the impact of our work on the new Social Media Strategy. Last but not least, the daily lunch break, where we share stories and discuss interesting topics.
Would you recommend this experience to others?
Of course! My whole experience at Ongresso in Medellin feels like a dream. Especially, working with such an amazing team in an office in the middle of the Parque Lleras. The internship experience I had here helped me develop new skills, improve my Spanish and see how much impact an intern can have. However, if I had to name only one thing that I like the most at Ongresso I would definitely choose the people working at the office. All my colleagues are extremely lovely and funny and that made me feel at Home from day one. Over the last months I have developed a strong love to the city and its people. I am sure that Medellin will always have a special space in my heart.
Mohamed Nazar Mahmoud is our current Intern at Ongresso. He can be contacted via LinkedIn.
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