Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Wojciech Sip, '16, intern at the Poznań University of Economics

Wojciech Sip, '16, Philosophy and Economics double major, is interning in his hometown this summer at the Poznań University of Economics.

 The project I’m involved in - “Business situation in Poland – Indicator Analysis” is a study conducted by a group of researchers at the Microeconomics Department of Poznań University of Economics. It is being prepared for the fifth edition of a  bulletin of economic analyses published quarterly by the University. It is also going to serve as a part of the University’s cooperation with a number of entrepreneurial groups and chambers of commerce. This edition of the bulletin is going to be published in cooperation with one of the biggest banks in Poland – BZ WBK. 

After a year in the U.S. I wanted to find some internship in my hometown – Poznań. It isn’t a huge business center so my possibilities were pretty narrowed down from the beginning. 

If you’re in a similar situation one solution is to hit academic institutions: whatever your field is, chances are there is at least one person doing work in it willing to help a student like yourself/get an extra hand for the project. If you know a specific professor you might want to work with – awesome. However, even if all you know is that you want to get involved in some project in, say, economics – you can still get one. 

My strategy (if we might call it so) was simply to go straight to the local University and talk to random faculty members asking them if they knew someone with a free research position spot. It didn’t take too long before I found a post-doc/assistant professor who offered me a position in his project. As a Research Assistant my tasks include mostly data search and processing using statistics software and developing analyses/short-term forecasts as well as preparing commentary for it.

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