Well, enough of advertising the city and let’s continue to my internship report:
Allianz Global Digital Factory, also called "GDF" among Allianz members - what is it that we do? This is also a question that I was often asked and it is sometimes not easy to explain in one sentence because the GDF is incredibly extensive and versatile that there is much to report. But let‘s give it a try:
The GDF collaborates with Allianz companies (also called OEs, which stands for Operating Entities) around the world, helping them transform their business and improve customer satisfaction, effectiveness and efficiency. The GDF delivers scalable digital solutions to serve the diversity of Allianz’ 85 million customers. A team of designers, developers, user researchers, product owners, digital marketers and insurance experts explore innovative ways of working, user-centric design and development methodologies, and cutting-edge technology.
Meaning, we are creating a global product in collaboration with Allianz Operating Entities (OEs) and the above-mentioned professionals, who then take over and, for example, adapt them regionally to their country.
Sounds great, right?
For the time being, my internship was set under the unit ”Communication” (have a look at our #AllianzGDF Linkedin Profile!) After a while, I was offered to rotate within my internship, so I also quickly got involved in Customer Journeys, our Product Design and Optimization Team, and supported and collaborated with executives. This led me to the exciting opportunity to support one of our customer journeys called “Fast Needs Assessment (FNA)” in collaboration with Allianz Spain and Allianz IberoLatAm.
“Sprint reviews/planning”, “agile working methods”, “scrum”, “UX/UI Design and Research” and “software development” weren’t just keywords anymore. Now I was also surrounded and able to work with such professional, international and intelligent colleagues.
Of course, the working environment is also designed for it, because closed and covered office spaces don’t exist at the GDF. Instead, value is placed on transparency and an open relationship with each other.
Surprisingly, I was also able to bring back my passion for photography. Before I decided to head for business in my studies, I attended the “Graphische” in Vienna - a 5-year secondary school, where I received, in addition to my general education, a trade license as a professional photographer as well as a subject-related diploma thesis. Being involved in our first software developer conference and taking the pictures for our official homepage – it was a proud moment when I saw that my photos are now being used.