On August 24, our much-anticipated meet-up BBQ arrived and thankfully summer came with it a few days before. So early in the evening we gathered up our grills, blankets, beverages and goodies and headed over to Karlsaue Park. Although it was windy and the humid afternoon hinted that a storm was coming, there was still a good turnout with almost 20 students. The icebreaking activities got everyone talking and we fired up the grills right away. At the same we started looking for a big tree to sit under, because, unfortunately, the first raindrops had started to fall. However, the worsening weather did not affect the group’s fun or everyone’s excitement about the food. We all had a great time and enjoyed the salads, sausages and steaks. Our Colombian intern and his guitar provided some great musical entertainment while the flicker of the burning torches helped create a campfire atmosphere. Even with the rain, it was a nice evening and we’re already looking forward to our next student meet-up.
Looking back, it all happened very fast. At this time last summer, I was enjoying my final semester break and still didn’t have any concrete plans for my internship semester.
I came across SMA at a career networking fair in the city where I was studying, and my interest was sparked. After touring the facilities, I was sure that I wanted to do my internship here.
I was so nervous that I almost botched my interview at SMA, but everything turned out well in the end.
On Monday, August 1, 2011, 115 new apprentices met one another in the Sonnenallee – for at SMA, the name is also the program. Uncertainty abounded, people tried to make connections quickly, and more than one person asked if they had to bring anything in particular.
A presentation by the Chief Human Resources Officer Jürgen Dolle about the corporate culture brought some peace and order to the colorful group of SMA “fledglings”. At the latest after the presentation by a few colleagues from the Vocational Training department, it was clear to us that it will probably take a while before we have an overview. And having an overview by no means indicates that you have perspective.
Hi, I’m Maria and I’m doing a three-week orientation internship at SMA right now.
Since I finish school next year and don’t really know what’s next, I thought I could get a little taste of the working world here, at SMA.
So what is it that I do here? At first, I didn’t even really know myself. I do research, write, participate in meetings and plan presentations in the SMA departments. In the short time I’ve been here, I’ve already gained so much experience that I will be able to draw on later.
It’s summer break and mom is spending all her time at the office?
Dad is working all day and I have to go to grandma’s again?
Not a problem for children of SMA Solar Technology AG employees. We provide excellent childcare during the summer break for kids ages 1 month to 14.
Each year the “kleine Stromer” non-profit organization offers a childcare program tailored to the wants and needs of our Sunny Kids. Here the future of SMA can paint, do crafts, play games and many other cool activities, just like they would at any normal daycare.
A friendly “hello” from me to you.
Have you said “hello” to someone you don’t know today or maybe offered a friendly smile? I have been working at SMA for almost nine months and I have to say, it feels great to be greeted by your colleagues. You might wonder why this is such a big deal to me. I have over 5,000 colleagues, and I know only about 100 of them, either personally or from talking on the phone with them once or twice. But I am greeted by the other 4,900 SMA employees, even though they don’t know who I am. Whether on the way to the cafeteria, to a meeting or at the coffee machine, I always get a smile and a “hello.”