Internship with E.ON Global Commodities
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Guelila Coupet

Guelila Coupet

Major: Economics
Minor: Sociology
Hometown: Teaneck, NJ

How did you learn about this opportunity?

A member of the Economics Association mentioned it during a general body meeting.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

In May, I traveled to Germany for a unique experience to study at a top Energy trading company: E.ON Global Commodities. Upon my arrival, I was given the task of conducting research on energy systems in the US, specifically the northeast Region. I have been preparing a PowerPoint on my findings and will present my final results at the end of my internship experience. Along with working on the project, I have been given work in between. This work includes proofreading documents and correcting grammar as well as scanning credible sources for current news on our competitors which will be presented to the Board. Aside from working, I got the opportunity to travel in Europe a bit. From exploring the streets of Dusseldorf, Germany to weekends in London and Copenhagen, this experience has been truly worthwhile.

"This experience made me realize that company culture is an important factor in determining where to work."

How did this experience impact you academically?

I can say that because of this internship, I have honed in on my research skills. I spent half of my time at EGC researching the PJM market in the Northeast of the US. The other half was taking the information I gathered and putting it into a cohesive presentation. Another aspect of my academic life that I have improved because of this experience is my public speaking. I have no problem talking to people and presenting on basic topics, but presenting on something important to the company put a lot of pressure on me. I was able to keep my presentation concise and make as much eye contact as possible while projecting my voice. It's a skill that will always be useful to me.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

My career goals as of this moment are extremely varied. I know that I want to work in an environment with a great work culture and a relaxed dress code but also a place that does meaningful work. I want to be able to contribute to a company and see my contributions benefit the company directly. This experience made me realize that company culture is an important factor in determining where to work. Luckily for me, everybody was pleasant to be around and that made my time at EGC more memorable. My coworkers were always around to answer my questions and give me feedback when needed.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I think every internship experience is different for each individual. Therefore, although I enjoyed my time at the company I worked at, I will only recommend it to people who enjoy economics and energy markets. But, I do strongly recommend any type of internship experience to other Liberal Arts students. It's beneficial to get some real world experience before graduation. This way, you know what to expect once you're starting your first job. Also, companies love to see internships on your resume, and if the internship is abroad (get some international experience) then it also gives you a bit of an advantage. So, if you have the chance, definitely go for it!

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