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Porsche consulting internship report

Introduce yourself and your work experience:

Hi, my name is Moe,
After accomplishing my Bachelor’s degree in beginning of 2013, I joined Porsche Consulting in Bietigheim-Bissingen near Stuttgart (Germany) for a 4-month internship. The project was dedicated to the are of lean product development.

How did you find out about this position?

Porsche Consulting website

 

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How was the application process for you? If applicable, please provide info on each individual interview round.

The process was as follows:
– Phone interview (CV questions, past experience, why consulting and why Porsche Consulting?, strengths and weaknesses, personal motivation for the internship;
– Interview with 2 senior consultants: First, describe current trends, challenges and opportunities in car manufacturing and present it to us. Afterwards, let’s discuss your thoughts and insights. Second, practical case study: what is that component you see on the table (cup holder of a car), how does it come into a car? Assume you have a quality issue with this component and you are 3 months before start of production (SOP) of a new model. How would you deal with it? How would you structure a project? Who would be in your team? What would be the solution and how would you arrive to it?

Complete duration of application process approximately 6-8 weeks.

How long did it take the company to contact you after you had sent your application?

Around 2 weeks

What was the exact position you were working in? Indicate the three main responsibilities / activities of the job according with your time investment (%)

Intern in the Lean Product Development department.
Tasks:
1. Simultaneous support of 2 projects with consultants and client team (e.g. organizing workshops, meetings, analyses, presentations for decision-making of senior and top management) (time spent 80%)
2. Individual project: monitoring critical components during the development process, tracking them and reporting challenges and potential solutions to senior management (time spent 20%)

 

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Describe a typical day in the job. (e.g. arriving at 9am, client meeting at 10am, team discussion at 11.30am etc.)

Schedules are quite flexible and always depend on project status:

Start time: 8:00h, end time: between 19:00h and 20:00h, a couple of times (close to project deadline) way beyond midnight.
Documenting outcomes of past meetings and organizing/scheduling upcoming ones, preparing presentations, conducting workshops and meetings.

Was there any team spirit? Tell us a little bit about the corporate culture and your colleagues / superiors.

On average, very smart and funny people. Great learning experience and curve. Porsche culture is fundamental for the company. Bein passionate about the company itself and its values, principles and heritage is key.
Sometimes, narrow-minded colleagues who are focused on material success (this happens often in many consulting firms, so nothing special about this particular company)

Evaluate your level of responsibility during the Internship

Meaningful Tasks (scale 1-10) – 7
Important Tasks (Scale 1-10) – 6

How much did you enjoy your internship (1 – Worst Internship, 10 – Awesome Internship)?

6

What would you improve in your professional experience?

Having more support in the first 2 weeks (e.g. by a leaving intern) would be a valuable improvement.

If possible, please indicate the monthly compensation (if any) you received.

[700-1000[

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