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.

Work experience:

  • Cargill, Deventer, The Netherlands
  • AkzoNobel, Sassenheim, The Netherlands

Education:

  • MEng in materials science and engineering, Imperial College London

Languages:

  • English
  • Turkish
  • Dutch

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Philip Terzenbach

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.

Work experience:

  • Porsche AG, Stuttgart
  • 1&1 Internet SE, Karlsruhe

Education:

  • Master of industrial engineering and management, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • Bachelor of industrial engineering and management, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Languages:

  • German
  • English
  • French

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Andrea Fumagalli

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.

Work experience:

  • Saipem SA, Paris
  • Renault, Paris

Education:

  • Master of science, general engineering, École Centrale Paris, France
  • Bachelor of science in energy engineering, Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy

Languages:

  • Italian
  • English
  • French

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Romain Buchs

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.

Work experience:

  • ETH Zürich

Education:

  • Master of science, technology and policy, ETH Zürich
  • Master of science in physics, EPFL, Lausanne
  • Bachelor of science in physics, EPFL, Lausanne

Languages:

  • French
  • English
  • German

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Jesselyn Malimata

Project Associate, 2018

 

Jesselyn’s internship experience:

I started my internship with three goals: 1) to orient myself with how the consulting industry works, 2) to expose myself to various clean technology markets and 3) to be acquainted with experts who can mentor me as I start my career in renewable energy. After six months, I can say that Apricum has helped me in achieving all three goals – and more.

From the very first day, I was acquainted with how projects are handled (e.g., timeline, staffing, etc.). I also greatly improved my “consulting toolkit” (e.g., analysis and problem solving, idea structuring and presentation, accuracy in communication, etc.) through constant feedback from relevant internal and project work. The broad scope of projects I was involved in was unbelievable. At the end of my internship, I had worked on digital energy, energy storage, wind, solar and even niche topics such as the internet of things, marine batteries and mobile PV systems. I was exposed to clients from different countries – ranging from the MENA region to Scandinavia. The most impactful part of the internship though, were the people. It was a pleasure to go to the office every day because I got to work with extremely competent but also very grounded colleagues. There was always a subject expert to answer my questions about any topic.

Overall, Apricum handles project associates very professionally and holds them to high standards. Work load is managed well, feedback is constant and constructive and ideas from interns are encouraged. It is a great experience, especially for junior professionals aiming to build a career in renewable energy and/or consulting.

Work experience:

  • AES Philippines, Manila

Education:

  • European joint masters in management and engineering of energy and environment, IMT Atlantique / Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
  • Bachelor of science in chemical engineering, University of the Philippines

Languages:

  • Filipino
  • English
  • French

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Finn Rautenstrauch

Project Associate, 2017

 

Finn’s internship experience:

Before joining Apricum, I had completed another internship in the renewable energy sector; I applied to Apricum to build on this experience and gain some insight into a consultancy firm. During my internship, I had the chance to work on projects covering a wide range of renewable energy and cleantech industries and was, in this way, able to broaden my knowledge and understanding immensely. At the same time, the work at Apricum allowed me to dive deep into the nitty-gritty details of several segments. While I certainly did expect to learn a lot about renewables, I did not expect to work at such a level of detail and depth of analysis as Apricum’s team achieves. Additionally, the diversity of tasks that Apricum assigns to interns is something I would like to highlight, as every day is different at Apricum.

Besides the knowledge I gained, the spectacular team is what made my time at Apricum a great experience. I really enjoyed working in such a stimulating, solution-oriented and thought-provoking working environment. Reflecting back, I can say that the open feedback culture and constantly having your work challenged helped my personal development tremendously. While I am used to working in international teams, the diverse mix of regional and professional backgrounds at Apricum helped me discover and understand new perspectives, not only related to renewable energy or work in general.

All in all, my internship at Apricum has more than affirmed my interest in renewables and has taught me many skills and a variety of tools that I am sure I will benefit from throughout my professional career.

Work experience:

  • Germany Trade and Invest, Berlin
  • German Embassy, Copenhagen
  • Scansonic SE, Berlin

Education:

  • MA in International Affairs, Hertie School of Governance, Germany
  • BA in European Management, Metropolia Helsinki University of Applied Sciences, Finland
  • BA/International Bachelor Program in Management, ESC Rennes School of Business, France

Languages:

  • German
  • English
  • Finnish
  • French

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Mykhailo Ivanenko

Project Associate, 2016

 

Mykhailo’s internship experience:

When I was looking for an internship, I was hoping to find a place with top-notch expertise in renewable energy where I would be able to contribute my knowledge while getting hands-on experience and developing skills that would be valuable in cleantech in the future. Now, I can say that my choice could not have been better.

From the very beginning, I started contributing to current project work and was assigned to a project concerning renewable development in the MENA region. In parallel, I assisted the team on other projects all over the world and in a variety of renewable energy sectors including solar PV, wind, energy storage – exactly what I was hoping for.

Apricum has a really international outlook, as it conducts projects in different parts of the world and that is great, as it creates the possibility to obtain a variety of experience. Moreover, due to the range of projects, I obtained diversified experience and was able to contribute my previous legal expertise to ongoing projects.

The team at Apricum is spectacular – extremely professional and at the same time very open and helpful. With every task I did, I received feedback, which was important for me as I knew that my job was meaningful. As well as that, my mentor, with whom I had been assigned at the beginning of my internship, oversaw my development and provided me with very useful recommendations.

It was really unforgettable to be a part of a great team of dedicated professionals who were very friendly, helpful and inspiring. I found my internship interesting and very useful and would be glad to recommend it to anyone who is interested in solar, wind and energy storage. I wish Apricum’s team the best and I hope it will be at the forefront of the renewable energy transition in the decades to come – I am sure it will be.

Work experience:

  • Astapov Lawyers International Law Group, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Audit-Alliance, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Techenergocomplekt, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Vector Law Firm, Kyiv, Ukraine

Education:

  • Master’s degree in international energy, Sciences Po, Paris
  • Postgraduate law degree, Koretsky Institute of State and Law of The National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
  • Law degree with honors, Kyiv University of Law of The National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Languages:

  • Russian
  • Ukrainian
  • English

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Nathan Uzel

Project Associate, 2016

 

Nathan’s internship experience:

With the wish to combine my interest in renewable energies with a deep dive into the consulting world, I applied for an internship at Apricum.

I really enjoyed the international dimension of the company with projects taking place on different continents, enabling me to assist consultants on a myriad of different projects.

I contributed to several main projects such as a commercial & industrial rooftop PV market study as well as some due diligence and valuation projects for targets in the solar and grid storage markets. I gained many valuable insights that proved not only to be very interesting but helped me to better understand the development of these markets.

I found the atmosphere in the office to be very supportive, friendly and hard working. This internship helped me deepen my knowledge in renewable energies and improve my analysis and data synthesis skills.

If you are looking for a challenging internship in a dynamic and supportive team with great spirit then you should not hesitate to apply.

Work experience:

  • Captain Dash, Paris
  • Cultural Infusion, Melbourne

Education:

  • MSc in Management, emlyon business school, Paris

Languages:

  • French
  • English
  • Swedish
  • German

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