Adelaide Caudron

Business Internship - 2011

I did an internship at Creme from June to December 2011. This internship was part of my Bachelor degree at EMLYON, a French business school. At the end of the first year of our course, each student is required to do a 6-month internship abroad. I chose Creme for its area of expertise: the food industry.

My internship was business focused and I worked mostly with the Business Development Executive. My tasks were very varied. I took over most of the administrative duties, some basic HR management and accounting. I particularly enjoyed carrying out market studies and researching information on customers and competitors.

I had also several opportunities to talk with potential customers at conferences and over the phone. This was the part of my internship that I liked the most, and as a result I now know that I want to become a sales representative.

Finally, I also completed several projects on the quality control departments for food companies, on the sales strategy in SaaS (Software as a Service) companies and on food and cosmetics regulators.

Working for Creme was really enjoyable. As soon as you arrive, the Creme team makes sure you feel comfortable and the Creme Training Program is a great tool to ensure that the new staff understands the values and functions of the company.

I really enjoyed my internship in Creme. I came in Ireland without having a clue of the orientation I wanted to give to my career and I now know what I want to do in the future: Mission accomplished.

 

Kate Ainscough

Food Science and Nutrition - Summer 2010

As part of my college course, Food Science at UCD, students are required to undertake a work placement related to our particular discipline. I chose an internship at Creme as I took an interest in the line of work they do in relation to the food industry and nutrition, and how running exposure assessments related to nutrients and harmful substances in food and cosmetics is so beneficial; by providing government, industry and academics with valuable information and results which will ultimately be used to improve the health and safety of the everyday consumer.

Starting the internship was a good experience as I was instantly introduced to the staff, the projects and how the company functions in general, and was made familiar and comfortable with my new surroundings. Everyone was so pleasant, approachable and helpful and the daily staff meetings made it easy to communicate any issues that arose. These meetings also helped to get an idea of what everyone on the team was working on and how that fits in with the construction of the finished product - the software - and also allowed me to participate in projects and current events as a true member of staff.

While I was at Creme I worked on researching data tables and information on food consumption, food composition, nutrient recommendations and chemical and contaminant regulation levels. I also enjoyed researching current and upcoming food and nutritional matters and evaluating exposure assessment reports from a food science/nutrition point of view to give clients some explanation of the assessment results produced. I liked the fact that the information I found through my research would be put to good use to better understanding of consumer exposure to substances in food and cosmetics, and that the relevant action would be taken in order to refine the quality of these essential everyday items which is central to ensuring our health and safety.

Not only did I learn more about material in relation to my course, but I gained the experience of working in a professional environment and how important it is to work as a team to produce high quality results and to run a successful business.

I am entering my final year of college now equipped with the knowledge and expertise Creme has taught me which I believe will greatly benefit my future studies and professional career.

 

Jerome Williams

Software Developer - Summer 2008

I did an internship at Creme Software during the summer of 2008. When I started, I was told about all of the company's ongoing and future projects and was given a choice which ones I would like to be involved with. Everyone was very friendly, and I learned a lot from the other people on the team.

We started each day with a meeting of the team, where each of us went through what we had done the previous day and what we were going to do that day. This helped me feel like I was very much involved and knew what was going on, as well as helping me bring up any problems or issues I had.

The project I worked on mostly was designing the front-end for Creme 3.0, the latest version of Creme's risk exposure web application. I came into the job with limited experience of web programming and no formal training, but I was eased into it gradually, always offered help, and learned a lot along the way. The front-end of Creme 3.0 is written in JavaScript on the client side and PHP on the server side, but I learned a lot more than simply how to program in either language. Working in a professional environment on a fully-functional application was a great learning experience. It was an eye-opener to see all the different pieces required to keep such a large-scale application running.

While I was at Creme, 'Innovation Time' was introduced, which allowed us to spend 10% of our time on a project of our own choosing, as long as it was broadly in line with the company's goals. For my own project, I suggested looking into alternative web development platforms that might be useful for future projects. I was asked to make a demonstration of the Yahoo User Interface platform, which was very enjoyable.

Overall, I enjoyed my time at Creme immensely, and learned a lot. I am going on to study High-Performance Computing and hope to end up in the same line of work, and possibly at the same company!

 
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