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Project Associate, 2021/2022
Saravana’s internship experience:
In winter 2021/2022, I interned as a project associate at Apricum. These past six months have been a rewarding experience for me, with 360-degree exposure to responsibilities ranging from supporting consultants to handling client interactions. In addition, an international team with sound expertise in cleantech sets Apricum apart; one can be sure of gaining exposure to the innovative technologies and business models in this industry. Lastly, Apricum’s mentors make your professional development smoother by providing feedback with a personal touch, which encourages one to always put themselves in the shoes of a consultant from day one.
- QuEST Global, Bengaluru, India
- M.Sc. in management and engineering, RWTH Aachen & Maastricht School of Management
- RWTH Aachen Dean’s list for the academic year 2020–2021
- RWTH Aachen ‘Best of Class’ scholarship for outstanding academic achievement in 2019 and 2021
- B.E. in mechanical engineering, RV College of Engineering, Bengaluru, India
Project Associate, 2021
Sangeeth’s internship experience:
The internship at Apricum is a unique opportunity to work in varied cleantech businesses from the standard PV and wind to the cutting edge in energy storage, carbon capture and hydrogen. I had exposure to both the transaction advisory side and the management consulting side of the business, which was unique and something I valued from the internship.
The work varied from modelling, due diligence, desk research to knowledge building and database creation. There were opportunities to build skills and in retrospect, the knowledge gained was indeed very valuable. I was particularly piqued by technology topics I worked on including hydrogen and carbon capture and storage, which was stimulating and the inhouse knowledge at Apricum made it even more rewarding.
My favourite aspect of my internship at Apricum was the exceptional culture at the firm. The mentor I was assigned truly mentored me; with excellent regular detailed feedback, assigned me to a variety of projects to enrich my experience and integrated me into Apricum during challenging Corona times. I also had the chance to work directly with a partner, which was incredibly rewarding as the partner took time to teach, explain and was also interested in my learnings from the project, not just the output. The very chance to work directly with a partner also reflects the responsibilities that one could be given at Apricum given the small team; it allows interns to get involved in projects and not just get relegated to tertiary work.
Ultimately, the internship reaffirmed my interest in the renewables and cleantech space and gave me glimpses of different industries and project types, which I hope to take with me in my next ventures. I would highly recommend Apricum as an internship destination and wish them the very best and hope to see them and the colleagues I met there down the road in this ever-evolving and dynamic space.
- Council on Energy, Environment and Water
- Moelis & Company
- Upstart Co-Lab, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
- Master’s in public policy, policy analysis, Hertie School
- Bachelor of arts, economics and philosophy, Bennington College
Project Associate, 2021
Sara’s internship experience:
I joined Apricum during summer 2021 as a Project Associate to complement my technical background in electrical engineering (focused on energy) with a real-world understanding of the business aspect of cleantech projects. The internship clearly matched my expectations, because I was able to contribute to meaningful projects and work on my skills as a consultant while gaining a deep understanding of industries related to the projects and the obstacles cleantech companies face in those industries.
Throughout the internship, I was working very closely with my assigned mentor on two projects. The first couple of weeks gave me an insight into the German solar PV industry, with a focus on commercial and industrial rooftop systems. When finished, I moved onto a project focusing on vehicle-grid integration in the USA. In both cases, I was given responsibility for major deliverables, joined client meetings, and was able to maintain a perspective on the overall workings of the projects. I received frequent constructive feedback from my mentor and my project managers, and I was able to work on diverse tasks that developed my skills, especially the ones I struggled with.
My favorite part of the internship was the company culture. Having interned in large corporates before, I appreciated the tight-knit team as well as the effort to transition back from remote work in a way that was flexible yet enjoyable for everyone. I was given incredible space for knowledge-building, which is a central value of the Apricum team, and I enjoyed the many informal conversations on cleantech-related topics that excited my team members. Everyone at Apricum is committed to the meaningful work and is clearly excited about its content and its challenging nature, both of which made my internship truly enriching.
- Deloitte Digital Consulting
- University of Bologna
- Stanford University
- completing a bachelor of science in electrical engineering, Stanford University
Project Associate, 2021
Paolo’s internship experience:
I decided to join Apricum to further deepen my knowledge of strategy consulting, learn more about the cleantech industry and work with an international team.
From my first day, I was able to start on a new project: working for a PV mounting structure provider; I learned about the challenges this sector faces and about the PV industry in general. Throughout my three months as a Project Associate, with thanks to continuous feedback, I was able to develop my consulting skills and continuously improve the quality of my work. In particular, I gradually took responsibility of several tasks, including the development of a method for assessing the potential size of the market and defining market drivers in specific countries.
I also participated in client meetings and interviews with internal and external partners, which allowed me to interact directly with experts and improve my communication skills.
At Apricum, I particularly appreciated the open communication culture, characterized by continuous informal feedback and guidance. This, combined with the energetic and dynamic personality of team members, resonated with me, and allowed me to efficiently collaborate with co-workers, forming both professional and personal relationships with the team.
Overall, this internship has further confirmed my interest in pursuing a career in consulting at the end of my studies and helped me improve my critical thinking skills. I highly encourage students who would like to develop their consulting skills to apply for a Project Associate position at Apricum.
- The Consulting Society, EPFL
- Soft Materials Laboratory, EPFL
- Fidinam SA, Lugano, Switzerland
- Master in materials science and engineering, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
- Bachelor in materials science and engineering, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Max Sarch Thomas
Project Associate, 2021
Max’s internship experience:
I applied to the Project Associate position at Apricum because I am passionate about decarbonising energy systems. The position gave me the opportunity to work on a variety of exciting international clean energy projects; topics ranged from solar PV to CCUS.
Work on these projects was varied, challenging, and engaging. Throughout, I interacted with a variety of stakeholders and received frequent feedback on my work and performance, helping me refine and develop a range of new and existing skills. Crucially, I was handed responsibility and given the opportunity to take ownership of important pieces of work, allowing me to get the most out of my time at Apricum. Project work was accompanied by regular internal knowledge sharing sessions, helping to significantly broaden and deepen my base of knowledge on clean energy topics.
Unfortunately, my time in Berlin coincided with the Covid-19 pandemic, but the Apricum team’s effective transition to remote working meant I still got the most out of my work and thoroughly enjoyed my time there. The team at Apricum is friendly, motivated, and extremely knowledgeable; they made my six months as a Project Associate an absolute pleasure.
Mert Orhan Astam
Project Associate, 2020
Mert’s internship experience:
I chose Apricum because I believe renewable energies to be of great importance – now and even more so in the future; I wanted to discover how I could have a positive impact on the industry as a consultant. Apricum was perfect for this, being well-established and focused on the renewable energy industry.
I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of a team as energetic, knowledgeable and driven as the Apricum team. The professional yet cordial attitude of my colleagues created an environment that motivated me and I have learnt what it means to be an exceptional consultant from them.
The projects I got to be a part of were international, impactful and ambitious. This made each and every project exciting to work on. The tasks I was assigned greatly expanded my knowledge base and insights into the renewable energy industry. I received thorough feedback on my work frequently, allowing me to develop skills important for consulting; I believe the skills I developed are also universally applicable across many professional fields, and I feel all the richer for it.
I believe the experience overall has allowed for much development, not only professionally but also personally. I have made close friends here who I look forward to keeping in touch with, and possibly working with, in the future. This is very valuable for the future of any young professional I think.
- Cargill, Deventer, The Netherlands
- AkzoNobel, Sassenheim, The Netherlands
- MEng in materials science and engineering, Imperial College London
Project Associate, 2020
Philip’s internship experience:
I applied for the internship position at Apricum with the goal of combining my interest in the renewable energy industry with working in a top strategy consultancy before completing my master’s degree.
At that time, I did not have any consulting experience, but had worked in the automotive industry together with consultants on e-mobility projects and this prompted me to seek further insights from the consulting perspective. There were several decisive factors behind my decision to choose Apricum for my internship. Firstly, the excellent reputation of Apricum and the very likeable and dynamic team, members of which had explained during the interview process about the nature of the work I could expect – hands-on with the opportunity to work in great detail on current projects – as well as Apricum’s focus on solar, energy storage and mobility.
As it turned out, all of these aspects proved to be true. During my three months as a Project Associate, I was involved in a diverse number of projects: Starting with a strategy project for a European utility company, which demanded and developed my understanding of current power market challenges. I had the opportunity to support transaction advisory projects within the HVAC and waste-to-energy industries, requiring me to apply analytical skills and to immerse myself in new topics. My personal highlight was to work hand-in-hand with the team on a project, whose results will most likely have a major impact on the European solar landscape.
Overall, I absolutely enjoyed the demanding and ever varying work with the passionate team at Apricum. Not only have I been able to deepen my understanding of specific topics I was already interested in, but I could also broaden my knowledge in adjacent fields within the cleantech industry and benefit from the continual feedback I received for completed tasks. Insights into the cooperation with global industry experts, the constant attention to details without losing track of the big picture and innovative approaches in creating sustainable solutions have all confirmed my intention to now gain a foothold in the renewable energy industry.
- Porsche AG, Stuttgart
- 1&1 Internet SE, Karlsruhe
- Master of industrial engineering and management, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
- Bachelor of industrial engineering and management, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Project Associate, 2020
Andrea’s internship experience:
I decided to join Apricum to deepen my knowledge in the cleantech industry and to discover the world of strategy consulting. Now at the end of my internship, I can say that I accomplished these goals. Backed by the expertise of the Apricum team, I had the opportunity to work on different topics in the renewable energy industry: from wind and solar power generation to energy storage and transport electrification. The international aspect of the firm is impressive: the project portfolio includes clients from Europe, the MENA region as well as China. Something I would like to highlight is the diversity of tasks I was assigned: every day in the office was different and the learning was constant.
At Apricum, I found a world-class team of professionals who are experts and passionate about their work and enablers of the ongoing energy transition. I found the team a source of stimulation as well as inspiration. I received constant feedback for my work, which followed a precise methodology to ensure all aspects are covered. These feedback talks were really valuable to ensure improvement during my experience.
All in all, the internship confirmed my interest in the energy world and in the consulting industry. I found it really positive and recommend applying for an internship at Apricum to anyone who is interested in renewable energy consulting. I wish Apricum all the best and I am sure it will continue to keep producing valuable solutions for clients.
- Saipem SA, Paris
- Renault, Paris
- Master of science, general engineering, École Centrale Paris, France
- Bachelor of science in energy engineering, Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy
Project Associate, 2019
Romain’s internship experience:
The efficiency with which my application was handled and the rapid feedback on my performance gave me direct insight into Apricum’s mindset: dedicated professionals who do not leave details aside, care about their teammates and give continuous feedback to make the most of the team’s talent. The teamwork and inspiring projects were instrumental in making my experience at Apricum unforgettable.
The Apricum team does not only strive to deliver the best service to its clients but it is deeply passionate and makes its best effort to enable the energy transition. I had the chance to be involved in a wide variety of projects ranging from the site selection for a solar cell and module manufacturing plant to a conceptual study on exporting renewable energy from the MENA region to Europe. The tasks of the project associate are diverse and mostly directly related to client projects. The involvement in many different projects enables a deeper insight into Apricum’s business in a limited time frame.
During this internship, I have been able to apply my analytical mindset to real world problems and build my consultant toolkit. At the same time, the projects I have been involved in allowed me to deepen my knowledge of the clean energy supply-chains.
- ETH Zürich
- Master of science, technology and policy, ETH Zürich
- Master of science in physics, EPFL, Lausanne
- Bachelor of science in physics, EPFL, Lausanne