Tamara’s Career Advice: My advice is to come to Allianz with the understanding that it’s a global company and that it will be a big challenge, but also a great opportunity for personal and professional development. It’s a great international work atmosphere with a lot of room for growth.
First, tell us a little bit about yourself:
I’m Tamara Mitri Saade. I’m originally from Mexico. I recently graduated from the University Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico, studying International Business with a major in Logistics. I spent a year abroad during my studies as an exchange student at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar, Germany. I also did two internships in Germany, one at Volkswagen in Wolfsburg and one at Isopart, a consultancy in Düsseldorf. Currently I’m a Masters student majoring in Innovation and Business Development at the University Tecnologico de Monterrey.
Beyond my studies, I’m also an entrepreneur, an athlete, and a musician. In 2006, I started my own company called “Books & Apparel” in Mexico, which helps the environment. I’ve competed nationally on various gymnastics and swimming teams. I’ve also always been passionate about music so I started playing piano and singing at an early age, and later participated in some Broadway productions presented in my home town.
How did you first get interested in interning at Allianz? Describe your experience applying for your internship.
I decided to apply for Allianz when I was in Mexico. Working for Allianz was always a personal goal for me. When I got the opportunity to come I was very excited to be part of this global company. At the beginning it’s always a little hard to adapt, especially when you come from a different country, but the great international environment and the constant help and support of my colleagues has made it easier.
What is your average day at work like?
In April, I joined the AZ Global Automotive – Global Market Management Team in Munich as an intern, specializing in business development for the American region. My department is focused on developing insurance products for the automobile industry on a B2B2C basis. Nowadays, I am involved with market analysis of the Mexican insurance and automobile markets.
One of the advantages of my team is that I’ve been given the opportunity to be very involved in many different projects. My colleagues have welcomed me with open arms and have been very understanding of our cultural differences. This provides a great working atmosphere, strong collaboration, and great results.
What do you most enjoy about working for Allianz?
This experience has taught me about so much more than just the insurance business. I feel very lucky to work at Allianz because it offers a complete global experience, and it’s given me the opportunity to grow and develop both personally and professionally.
What do you find most challenging about your internship?
The biggest challenge for me was finding a place to live in Munich. It was a very big struggle, especially trying to find an affordable place for students. Be sure to start looking for housing far in advance, and it might be harder if you are from another country like me, so keep that in mind.
written by Tamara Mitri-Saade