Hydro’s summer internship has been a very rewarding experience, say Kristin Langeland Ervik, Endre Kure and Kai Espramer, who participated in the program with 13 other students from Norwegian universities. The students were posted to Årdal, Porsgrunn and Vækerø.
Ervik studies at the Norwegian School of Economics in Bergen, while Kure goes to the Norwegian University of Technology and Science in Trondheim. Both have had their internship program in the Energy business area. Kristin worked in hedging and Endre with Hydro’s power portfolio, two units that collaborate very closely.
“Things that look easy at first sight often get more complicated the more you dig into it. Therefore it is important to cooperate across units to create good results,” says Endre, adding that they have been working in close cooperation with colleagues in many units of Energy.
Both Endre and Kristin have participated on an excursion to Hydro’s power plants in Rjukan, where they saw the close interplay between the system control center and the unit Portfolio, which is based at Vækerø and makes analyses and estimates on when it is most profitable to produce and when it is smart to hold back water in the reservoirs.
“It is impressive to see how everything is interlinked and fits together in one big picture,” says Endre.
Long value chain
Espramer studies at the Norwegian School of Economics in Bergen. He heard of Hydro for the first time when Hydro’s CFO, Jørgen C. Arentz Rostrup, gave a presentation at Hydro’s annual careers fair at NHH in Bergen one year ago.
“I did not know much about Hydro then. Now I know that Hydro is an international company with activities throughout the value chain for aluminium production,” says Kai, who among other things has had the responsibility of preparing the weekly market update in the business area Metal Markets.
The students have also participated in a common program related to their summer internship. They have participated on Hydro Mini Fundamentals with presentations of all parts of the company’s activities, visited the aluminium plant in Holmestrand and been present during the presentation of Hydro’s second-quarter results.
“Being an economics student, it is exciting to see all the many possibilities there are in a large company like Hydro. You can start one place and end up somewhere completely different, but with a great variety of experiences,” says Kristin.