Stephanie Sabhanindita

Director of Professionalism SPE UI SC 2017
Last Updated: August 28, 2017
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As an engineering student, I must learn how to apply my skills in a real work experience before graduating. Which we called the Practical Work or Kerja Praktek (KP) for short. At first, I thought this task will be a huge burden, moreover if I had to do it alone. But then, with SCG International Internship, my KP experience turned out to be a lot different than what I expected to be

For you who might not have known before, SCG or Siam Cement Group is the largest cement and building material company based in Thailand and already growing across Southeast Asia. With over 100 years old, SCG currently has three business unit (Cement Building materials, Chemicals, and Packaging) with more than 200 companies under their brand. One of their annual programs is the SCG International Internship. It offers the opportunity to have the hands-on experience at one of the SCG subsidiary business unit at Thailand. It opens not only for engineering but also for the social science such as marketing, law, brand, and HR.  In addition, they also provide the best accommodation, transportation, some meals, and even gave us an extra allowance for a month. To be honest, I don’t come from a family that can go overseas for holiday. I have never been travel outside Indonesia before.

So could you imagine how excited I was?

One thing for sure is that I have to try my best to get selected. I went through its selection series with the other 1.245 other great competitors from Indonesia. It starts with the essay submission about two topics. First is what I think the most important values based on SCG’s 4 core value. The second is about my greatest failure in which I tell my experience in losing a presidential election at my organization, emphasize on what did I learn from it. The next selection would be CV and transcript screening continued by an intense panel interview. At last, they choose the best 12 students from Indonesia with different studies ranging from engineering to social science. I can still remember my hand shaking when I received this incredible news. I am going to Thailand! This is the Indonesia SCG Inter Intern at the Huai Khuang MRT Station.

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My first time going overseas, it is fully funded. I am eternally grateful and that makes every single detail about Thailand amaze me in a special way since I arrived. On the first day, we had orientation where I can meet the other 44 international intern from Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Philippines. Some of my friends will have an internship at the SCG Headquarters Bangkok while the engineering student will go to their own plant at a different company. This is the sneak peek of what our working environment looks like:

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For myself, I was assigned to Thai Plastic Chemicals Public Company Limited located in Rayong Province. Precisely, it is located at Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate which is vast, organized, and remarkably green even with all the industrial activities in the vicinity. TPC is a leading company in PVC production and has expanded its business to ASEAN. Including at Indonesia, we have the TPC Indo at Gresik. Since my first day at work, I was really impressed by their work ethic. They are very hardworking and comply with every procedures or rule. From the operator, engineers, to even the Division Manager, they were all giving me a very warm welcome. Even though sometimes we find language as a barrier, but we manage to build communication with greetings, body gesture, and a sweet smile every day.

Different with my previous internship at a factory, my mentor, P’Art is a very caring man. He makes sure that I learned as much as possible in the remaining period of time. Therefore, I was given a special project where I can apply all the fundamental knowledge as a chemical engineer I have learned at college. I was responsible to give a new suggestion to change the method of the preventive maintenance plan for replacing the Dryer’s heating panel. It resulted in three significant advantages, which can reduce the plant's downtime period, maximize use of the heating panel, as well as save the maintenance cost. Even in his busiest schedule, P'Art always tried his best to answer my questions and guide me to be ready for work in the future. Here is a photo of me at the DCS with all the chemical engineers. My mentor is the one beside me with the glasses.

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On the weekends, SCG took us (engineer student) back to Bangkok for some fun activities. One day we visited Thailand beautiful temples at the famous Grand Palace and Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall. Seeing their cultural buildings, statue, and magnificent art right in front of my eyes was really impressive. They also took us to watch a live soccer game at SCG Stadium, a match between SCG MTUTD VS Consadole Sapporo. Though I am not a big fan of football, personally I always enjoy trying something new for the first time. Then we visited the Safari World to enjoy the smart and cute animals shows. My favorite was, of course, the elephant show! When it was the national holiday, our HR at TPC successfully managed to give us a whole day treat trip to Pattaya! It was so nice and kind of them, we visit the alluring Nong Nooch Garden, the thrilling Ripley’s Believe it or Not, and last but not least to taste the pure grape juice at the Silver Lake. 

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The other days we went to SCG Experience building exhibition and to SCG Heim factory. It was really inspiring to see the innovation and improvement that SCG put to keep their business growing even bigger. It taught me not to be reluctant to change, to be flexible, and how to shift the change for a better cause. Another activity is a CSR day where we spent the whole day to build a check dam at a rural village. I and my Thai interns also had CSR activities such as cleaning the beach and organizing utensils at a local temple.

It was fun and so pleasing to realize that a simple act could do a much bigger impact.

One month period of time was surely swung by so fast. I enjoy every second I spent there. Every moment I lived, laughter I shared, the knowledge I gained, and especially the new perspective I hold on to. I will try to preserve Thai positive habits such as punctuality, modesty, hospitality, and integrity in the working environment. Above all, I know how hard it was to collect information from my seniors that have joined this program before me. Therefore, I present this article for my juniors who might put interest in this program next year or anyone who will find this writing is worth to share.



For more info about SCG International Internship:

https://www.facebook.com/SCGInternationalCareers/

https://www.instagram.com/scgiintern.id/

or if there’s anything you want to know more from me feel free to reach me at [email protected]

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