My name is Mayara Rafael, I am 24 years old and live in São Paulo, Brazil, where I am currently doing an internship for Evonik's Animal Nutrition Business Line. Before I tell you about my internship, I would like to tell you a little bit about myself and about studying Chemistry here in Brazil. In Brazil, you have, so to speak, two possibilities to study Chemistry at a university: you either choose courses that will allow you to teach chemistry, which are cheaper, or you choose on a degree that will allow you to work for the industry. I initially studied the former, but realized very early on that I also wanted to get to know the corporate world. Therefore, I decided to also pursue the second option. The internship at Evonik is then, of course, just the right opportunity to gain more insight into the corporate world and the world of Chemistry.
The idea for the internship at Evonik originally came from a friend of mine, who works for Evonik. At that time, I was already in the middle of another internship, namely, in the quality control of raw materials in a pharmaceutical company. However, when I received an E-mail with the opportunity for an internship at Evonik, I wanted to seriously consider this opportunity. I also talked to my friend, the one who works at Evonik, and asked her questions to get a better insight into the company. She then encouraged me to just send in my CV. Soon after, I was informed that I was invited for an interview. Of course, I was very happy about it but, at the same time, I was also very nervous. I guess everyone is like that and, in the end, you will see that things are never as bad as you might have imagined. This was also the case regarding my interview and, soon later, I got a positive feedback. However, this time I was faced with another difficult decision: should I accept the counteroffer from the pharmaceutical company, namely to become/ work as a Junior Analyst, or should I seize the opportunity to do an internship in the laboratories of Evonik's Animal Nutrition Business Line?
I must admit that I had to think about it for a long time, but the result was inevitable: Evonik!
In the end, I was convinced by Evonik's philosophy that, through creativity and innovation, we can develop solutions to make our life and future better, Obviously, I was now even more curious about my internship and I could hardly wait for it to start.
On my first day in the lab, I was introduced to the team. Not only was I warmly welcomed by the entire team, everyone was also very open-minded and friendly to me. For example, they always took the time to help me with anything I was uncertain about. All this, made an ordinary workplace an excellent place to work and a wonderful place to grow. In addition to personal growth, I was also able to learn a lot about various technical and chemical topics, and I even had the opportunity to work with a spectroscopy equipment called NIR (Near Infrared Spectroscopy). We used the NIR to quantify the amino acids present in raw materials and this was actually my main task within the team: realize NIR analysis to ensure a balanced animal nutrition and help our partners by providing information how to use our products more efficiently.
I have been with Evonik for two years now, and this internship has allowed me to develop my skills and to gain immense professional and personal knowledge. For example, I learned a lot about functional groups, chemical bonds, types of vibration in the molecule, and amino acids, which will, of course, be very useful during my studies and for the future. Thanks to a great team, I was also able to grow into someone who can confidently face new challenges. So, if you ever get the chance to do an internship at Evonik, or anywhere else, you should definitely do so. An internship not only helps you to learn more about the world of companies, but also to learn more about yourself, your strengths and weaknesses and many more. Now I am looking forward to what comes after my internship and cannot wait to face new and exciting challenges.
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