Saga Herlenius on Taking the Initiative in an Internship
As the world transitions to a new normal, Nasdaq’s annual internship program is too. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have turned circumstance into a learning opportunity for interns joining us this year to participate in meaningful and long-term projects.
In the Nasdaq Futures Internship Program, we offer a variety of professional experiences for emerging talent through an immersive 10 to 12-week virtual internship program. From Stockholm to the U.S., meet a few of the bright minds joining us digitally from all around the world. They are playing integral, hands-on roles to help Nasdaq #RewriteTomorrow. Today, we speak with Saga Herlenius, a Client Success Project Management Intern at Nasdaq.
Tell us a bit about your position and background.
I am a Swedish engineering student studying at KTH, the Royal Institute of Technology, currently pursuing my master’s in Innovation Management and Product Development. At Nasdaq, I am working as a Client Success Project Management Intern, looking into how to better our sales and bid management process and streamline the SaaS customer journey.
What is your favorite project you’ve worked on thus far, or one that you’re looking forward to?
I have been given a broad problem statement to investigate during the summer, meaning I work in and manage one project myself. As a Project Management Intern, it is part of my internship to define the project scope, set up a project timeline and fulfill the goals and objectives that I set up. What I like about it is the high level of ownership I get to take and be entrusted with, as it requires a lot of independent work and initiative. Hopefully, I will be able to contribute with valuable insights and proposed measures of improvement!
What about Nasdaq has stood out to you most, now that you are a part of the global team?
The thing that stands out to me the most is the fact that every single person that I have met is deeply passionate about their work and about Nasdaq as a whole. It’s truly inspiring to surround yourself with highly motivated and genuinely kind teammates that both challenge and support you. No matter their status, people are eager for you to succeed and happy to share their advice and offer guidance.
How is this internship supporting your goals long-term?
This internship has given me real-life experience of working in an agile team and has made me fully understand the importance of smooth internal processes for large companies. I have discovered a wide variety of possible career paths, made many new valuable connections and improved my communication skills which will be an asset to me in the future.
What is your goal as a #NasdaqFam intern?
To absorb as much knowledge as possible - I want to be able to look back on my internship and be able to honestly say that I made the most out of it. My ambition is to provide and implement solutions that will lead to real improvement and actual positive impact for the team.
What advice would you give to future Nasdaq interns?
Take the initiative, and don’t be shy to ask questions! Make sure to tap into the knowledge and experience exposed to you through some of the very best in the business. Everyone is keen on helping, so don’t hesitate to reach out to people you are curious about in order to learn more about them and their roles. There is nothing to lose from being genuinely interested!
The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.