Internship Opportunity Leads to Career in Energy

Julia Hoos

Julia Hoos, G’18, WG’18, knows that renewable energy is driving the future. By participating in two Lauder Leadership Immersion Internships, Julia witnessed this growing energy transformation first hand.Originally from Germany, Julia was drawn to the Lauder Institute because of its global mission. “I knew the way to learn about other business cultures was from the inside out,” she says.

Julia interned in Mexico and Colombia with Bright, Mexico’s fastest-growing residential solar energy provider. She was tasked with looking into Bright’s expansion into the Colombian market and developing and executing a buy-in plan for stakeholders. Julia’s field experience with Bright sparked her interest in energy as a career path.

During her summer internship with Samsung’s Global Strategy Group, Julia saw the challenges of rolling out electric vehicles and observed how the company was embracing this new industry.

“I saw why the product was necessary, and it impressed me that the company was taking advantage of new strategies and then experimenting with solutions,” she said. “That experience took me way out of my comfort zone!”

Now she is a consultant in the Houston office of Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where she is applying her background in alternative energy. “I’m using the experience I gained through Bright to help position me for future opportunities within BCG,” she said. “I’m talking with colleagues every day who are exploring renewable energy and, increasingly, I see this is where the future is.”

The Lauder Institute prepares students for employment by providing global career support and opportunities, like Julia’s, that ensure students’ transition from the classroom to the business world is seamless.

“My time with Lauder was awesome,” said Julia. “My internships set me up for what I am doing today, and will do in [the] future.”