This is part 1 of our intern introduction blog posts. Part 2 and 3 will be posted later this month and in August.
By: Amanda Jennings
I just finished my bachelor's degree in Economics and Business Administration at the Norwegian School of Economics, and have travelled to San Francisco to be an intern at Valor Water Analytics this summer!
Why did I choose Valor Water Analytics?
As a recently graduated Bachelor student, I am currently in a place where I need to start making decisions about what I want to peruse as a master's degree, and beyond this what I want to work with in the future. Up until this point, my studies have been heavily focused on the theoretical. Being an intern in the tech-capital of the world, where innovation, culture and creativity intertwine, is a rare opportunity to witness the day-to-day inner workings of an organization with a purpose.
One of the master degrees I am considering is Energy, Natural Resources and the Environment. This is why Valor caught my attention. I am not an engineer, as many of my co-workers are, but I am interested in their vision. Valor brings tech to water, in order to make utilities more efficient and to conserve one of the most valuable resources on earth.
What is your background?
My mother is Norwegian, my father is English and I lived in Latvia up until the age of 12. After this, I moved to Norway. Before starting university, I attended an international school. Because of this background, I have always been interested in the outside world, meeting new people and learning about new places.
What do you do in your spare time?
In my spare time I love to read. Sitting outside in the sun with a good book is difficult to beat. But as I study in Bergen, also known as the rainiest city on Earth, this isn't always so easy. It should therefore come as no surprise that I also enjoy travelling, ideally to places where it rains less 240 days a year. I love being active, playing sports and being with friends.
What do you like about your work at Valor Water Analytics?
Valor's company culture is what sets it apart from other jobs I have had in the past. I have been here about a week now, and I have only been met with positivity. From "Bagel Breakfast Monday's" to "Hump-day Lunch Wednesday's", Valor manages to bring joy into the workplace. I have been invited out for coffee, to a baseball game, to a summer picnic, and more. It's an inclusive environment, where people actually want to get to know the interns.
I have travelled quite a distance to be here, and I am very excited to start my summer in a new city, filled with new life and new experiences!