When you participate in the dual studies programme from SAP, you enjoy a combination of a practice-oriented, theoretical university course of study with practical application of what you have learned in everyday work. But you do not always experience such a special internship as I did in the Design & Co-Innovation Center (DCC) from SAP, which is based at the SAP AppHaus in Heidelberg.
As a student of applied computer science, I have already passed two practical semesters at SAP. But every now and then, you know you want to experience something new – and I wanted to dig into the area of design. When I came across the “Design & Co-Innovation Center” on the SAP Portal, I knew where I wanted to apply. I imagined working in a nice office in Walldorf, where the SAP headquarters are located, but I didn’t expect to work in this special, start-up like environment in the city of Heidelberg that resembles more a small company than a global player.
The SAP AppHaus is an open-plan office with flexible furniture that can be rearranged easily. If you need to work in a quiet place, there are four nice meeting rooms to go to. At lunch time, the team meets in the kitchen, which is very different to having a quick lunch at the canteen. Of course I did not always want to get up in the mornings – who does? -, but I was always looking forward to going to work.
In my practical phases I have usually just delivered work, but in the DCC I have experienced a new, collaborative working style. Together with another developer we created the booking tool for the SAP AppHaus. It is based on UI5, but customized to the AppHaus. Customers are greeted in different languages and can book guided tours through the AppHaus or a workshop.
The responsibility I got and the tasks that I accomplished have enriched my working life. I got to know a new and multi-faceted SAP that I would like to work for after my graduation.