Date: 5th Apr 2016
A Brazilian-born Business and Human Resources Management student at Buckinghamshire New University has hailed the benefits of an internship in Brazil with The DOW Chemical Company.
Rafaela Bartley, of Bucks Business School, spent two months working in Talent Acquisition in Human Resources at the firm's Latin American headquarters in São Paulo, helping to create a guide and manual for a cloud-based talent management software programme.
Rafaela, who has lived in the UK for ten years and is in her final year studying at Bucks New University, said she chose an internship abroad to help her stand out from other university leavers when she graduates. She gained the internship through a contact of a lecturer at Bucks New University.
She said: "The work was challenging and improved my professional confidence. I was able to build on and develop skills such as problem-solving and decision-making.
"Initially my role entailed speaking to different DOW locations around the world, including USA, Mexico, Chile and Argentina, to identify best practice so we could implement this in Brazil.
"Once the guide was created, for software called Taleo by Oracle, I carried out training sessions for HR teams across Brazil, either by conference call or in groups face-to-face."
At the end of Rafaela's internship, the project was formally presented to key leaders at the company in Brazil and Latin America and the DOW AgroSciences executive board, including its Chief Executive, as well as Sebastian Soria; Latin America HR Director; Ana Del Blanco; Latin America Workforce Planning Leader; and Luciane de Souza, Brazil Talent Acquisition & Workforce Planning Leader
"The whole experience was extremely worthwhile and challenging and has also allowed me to expand my professional network through working for such a major company," added Rafaela.
Mary Simpson, Senior Lecturer in Business & Human Resource Management for Bucks Business School, said: "This was an excellent opportunity for Rafaela and will give her a distinct advantage when she looks for a permanent role next summer.
"She has been able to apply the skills and knowledge developed during her degree course, which has benefited both Rafaela and DOW."
Bucks Business School is focused on business and leadership-related teaching, research and professional programmes for students and industry, aiming to develop the skills, knowledge and capabilities to enable graduates and clients to become 'future ready'.
While more traditional business schools may focus on general concepts, Bucks offers the ability to specialise in specific sector-related study and activity across all of the disciplines that are taught and researched at the University.
Picture caption: Rafaela Bartley with a fellow intern and colleague at The DOW Chemical Company.