Some students spend hours studying, believing that good grades will help them land their dream job. Others would rather go out with friends and party, putting their career worries on hold. Three young college students however, took the road less taken and became interns for one of Asean’s leading building conglomerates.
Noreen Fabia, a law student from San Beda College, Ryan Madamba, a chemical engineering student from University of the Philippines-Los Baños, and Chalmer Belaro, a chemical engineering student from University of Santo Tomas were the only three out of 150 students who were accepted into SCG’s International Internship Program.
The International Internship Program is SCG’s first project that gives third and fourth year college students from the Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia, the opportunity to work in the company’s headquarters in Bangkok. Launched as part of the company’s 100th year anniversary celebrations, the students received training where they developed skills to prepare them for the careers they wish to pursue.
“SCG has always been committed to the development of the youth to support the growth of the country,” said SCG Corporate Human Resources Director Kiti Madiloggovit. “In the Philippines, we have been running the SCG Sharing the Dream scholarship program for high school students. Now, we are also helping college students develop skills for their future careers.”
For three weeks, the students were fully immersed in Thai culture while learning about SCG’s operations. They were also given projects tailor-fit to their college course to develop their technical and critical thinking skills. These projects also showed how the company continues to be a sustainable business leader as they trained the interns to be environment conscious.
“Chalmer and I were assigned in Thai Can Paper where its paper products are being manufactured. Since paper production requires a lot of water, we were tasked with a water balance and consumption project where we were challenged to check if water was being consumed efficiently,” shares Madamba. “This is especially important for the companysince reducing waste is a priority for them. Under the supervision of a conduction engineer, wemeasuredand compared water consumption of different areas of the plant to check their efficiency.”
For Belaro, the highlight of this project was the presentation of results to their supervisors. “I think we surprised them when we presented our findings. They were expecting a simple layout of the pipe system, but we created a 3D level of the plant using a computer to specifically show the dimensions of their refiner system. I think we exceeded their expectations, which we are very proud of,” he said.
At the end of the program, the interns felt that the skills they learned are not just for their career, but also for their personal growth. “I learned how to become more flexible and to adapt in different situations,” said Belaro. “Compared to being in school where I knew the people that I will be working with, I had to learn how to deal with a new team that consists of people from other countries. The experience made me more open-minded and I think this will help me in the future when I interact with a variety of individuals.”
Madamba and Fabia both agreed that living on their own gave them a new sense of independence. Fabia said, “I went to Bangkok alone so I had to learn how to buy my own food or commute on my own in a place that I was unfamiliar with. It made me realize that I can rely on myself, whether I am faced with a simple of difficult problem.”
The International Internship Program is just one of SCG’s corporate social responsibility programs that are focused on youth development and support.
“The internship program is a venue for SCG to train students with real life working experience. But more than that, this experience will teach them skills to become leaders with an awareness of the needs of the world. It is our goal that in the future, the interns will use their knowledge to contribute back to society,” Madiloggovit ended.