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Employee Insights: Meet Lena Schur, Allianz SE

by Lena Schur - September 16th, 2013

Lena’s Career Advice: There are no silly questions.

Allianz-The portrait of Lena Schur

First, tell us a little bit about yourself:

My name is Lena Schur, I’m 22 years old and I’ve been working for Allianz as a working student for one and a half years now. Currently I’m studying International Business Communications in my sixth semester at the Munich University of Applied Languages (SDI München). This course of study is very interesting to me because it combines economics, communications and languages (English and Spanish in my case).

How did you first get interested in interning at Allianz? Describe your experience applying for your internship.

My internship at Allianz was actually planned to end after two months. But because Allianz is such a big company, you can’t take it all in after only two months, and since my work at Group Comm was such a great experience I asked my boss if it would be possible to stay on as a working student. He liked the idea and I’ve already been here for more than a year now!

What is your average day at work like?

I work for Employee and Executive Communications in the Group Communications department at Allianz SE in Munich. EEC is split into two divisions: Executive Events, and Internal Communications, where I work.

Allianz-A photo of Lena Schur at her working place

My main task is to assist in creating content for GIN (Global Intranet). That means researching, writing and editing articles, or conducting interviews. For the last two International Women’s Days I was asked to do some video interviews with a few women in high positions at Allianz – quite an experience. I’m also involved in putting together the content for the films which are shown at the Annual General Meeting every year. One of the best things about this project is seeing how my work contributes to the final product, and ultimately watching the completed film.

What do you find most challenging about your internship?

Studying and working at the same time was not easy at the beginning, but I soon got used to it and now I highly recommend it. If you are lucky to have a job that ties in with your course of studies, you can make good use of your theoretical knowledge from university and put it into practice at work. And you also have an edge over your fellow students who don’t work: when you start working full-time some day, you won’t be the one who comes home from work and goes straight to bed!

                                 written by Lena Schur

Lena Schur

Assisting in creating content for GIN (Global Intranet)

I’m 22 years old and I’ve been working for Allianz as a working student for one and a half years now. Currently I’m studying International Business Communications in my sixth semester at the Munich University of Applied Languages (SDI München). Lena's Career Advice: There are no silly questions.

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