The Intern Diaries: Jonne

At Clay, occasionally we welcome graduates who write their thesis on a topic that Clay would like to achieve or improve on.
These projects are always challenging, but our latest graduate Jonne was up for it!

Read all about Jonne’s experience at Clay!

The Intern Diaries: Jonne

Who is Jonne?

My name is Jonne, I’m 21 years old and I did my graduation thesis at Clay. After my minor in Scotland I started looking for an international company for my thesis, and after two visits to the Clay office, it seemed the perfect match.

I study Business IT & Management at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. The study is a mixture between IT and Business, and combines the two to optimally use new technologies in a business.

In my free time, I enjoy playing handball, beer pong and I am part of the youth council of a bank in the Netherlands.

How did you find Clay?

I found Clay on our university internship database and although they first had a different assignment listed, we decided on another subject for my thesis during our consultation. The informal and international atmosphere is what attracted me to Clay, and when I had my first visit I really liked what I saw.

Clay’s location and office space is really great, with just a 10-minute walk from Central station or the city center: great for ”studying”.

What is your thesis about?

My thesis was about achieving an International security certificate for the company. I did research on which certificate would be appropriate for Clay, whether they needed Tooling for implementation and what the requirements of the certificate were (which turned out to be ISO27001).

With the requirements listed I was able to design a ‘desired state’ for the company. I analysed the current status, spotted the gaps and provided a recommendation on how to overcome the gaps.

Information security is all about the mitigation of risks for information systems, and the whole process was a great learning experience. During my study I knew a few things about IS but the thesis brought me to the next level.

What is the best part of being a graduate at Clay?

For me it was the freedom and the trust from both my supervisors. They gave me freedom but also worked closely with me where needed. This was also a great challenge for me since this way of working requires a lot of pro-activity, which sometimes I lacked.

However, at the end of the project I learned a lot and delivered a report that will be of value for Clay and made me graduate with an 8 out of10!

What benefits did you gain from being a graduate at Clay?

Well of course my Bachelor diploma, but also the chance to work with all the different nationalities at Clay. The environment is great and the networking possibilities are awesome

All the employees are highly skilled in what they do and this was kind of an eye-opener for me. Being ‘just’ an intern I saw there’s so much more to learn and to develop personally, which motivated me to start a Masters in September.

The internship will be of great personal value for me.

Do you have any advice for the next graduate?

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, and be pro-active. As they say at Clay, ‘don’t promise, just prove’. And if you need any help with the start of your thesis don’t hesitate to contact me on LinkedIn!

And challenge Clay’s recruiter Babet for Ping-Pong during the Friday afternoon drinks!

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