Joy, enthusiasm, and team work marked the first Coke Summership.
Sarajevo, 16 September 2016. – The Coca‑Cola summer internship program “Coke Summership 2016” ended with a closing ceremony held at Sarajevo’s Meeting Point cinema. With more than 100 guests in attendance, including representatives of partner institutions and companies, the program participants gave interesting and compelling two-minute presentations, summing up the projects they worked on, as well as lessons learned and impressions gained during the six-week long internship.
The Coke Summership program is designed as a unique form of education, consisting of lectures, interactive workshops and training sessions, and field work and practical work with mentors on actual Coca‑Cola HBC B-H Sarajevo projects.
Coca‑Cola HBC B-H launched the Coke Summership program in the same year it is celebrating 40 years of business in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The company values corporate social responsibility as a priority and this program gives it the opportunity to yet again contribute to local community and provide support in resolving one of the major issues plaguing the society in Bosnia and Herzegovina – youth unemployment.
“In the year marking our 40th anniversary in the country we have developed and launched the Coke Summership program, targeting ambitious, hard-working and talented young people. Following a meticulous assessment and selection process, over the course of six weeks we passed on not only our business expertise, but some Coca‑Cola magic as well, to 20 exceptional young women and men. With emphasis placed on learning, fun, enthusiasm and team work, the participants were given the chance to gain first-hand knowledge of innovative business methods that have kept this global super-brand at the top for over 130 years. The goal was to help make finding a job easier for them in the future, whether within our system or in other companies in the country, and to stimulate them to contribute to local community development in Bosnia and Herzegovina through their work. I hope that potential employers will recognise the participants of the Coke Summership program as prospective employees whose knowledge and skills can contribute to the successful operation of their companies,” Maria Anargyrou-Nikolić, the General Manager of the Coca‑Cola HBC B-H Sarajevo company, said in her closing speech.
The Coke Summership participants were awarded certificates in recognition of their successful completion of the Coca‑Cola summer internship program. A promotional brochure aimed at potential employers and containing the individual profiles of all of the program participants, developed as a project assignment of one of the participants, was also presented at the event.
Under the slogan “Joy, enthusiasm, learning and team work”, the Coke Summership program ran for 6 weeks, from mid-July to end of August. The program was realised under the auspices of the Ministry of Civil Affairs BiH and the Sarajevo Canton Employment Service, and was endorsed and supported by the University of Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Mostar and Tuzla, student associations AIESEC, IASTE, EESTEC and EYP (European Youth Parliament), web portal posao.ba and media partner Klix.ba.
For more information on the project and future internship opportunities please visit www.cokesummership.ba.
About Coca‑Cola HBC B-H d.o.o. Sarajevo
Coca‑Cola HBC B-H d.o.o. Sarajevo is one of the largest manufacturers of soft drinks in Bosnia and Herzegovina and an authorised bottler of The Coca‑Cola Company products. It is a member of the Coca‑Cola Hellenic AG group, which operates in 28 countries, and is the second largest bottling operation of the Coca‑Cola Company in the world. It manufactures and distributes a unique range of high quality brands and caters to a population of nearly four million, demonstrating full dedication to achieving its business goals and firm commitment to long-term sustainability and corporate social responsibility.