Bronze medallist winner at the 2015 World Rowing Junior Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Max Reichel, is presently undertaking an internship at Industrie-Contact (IC) in Hamburg
Uwe Schmidt: Hello Max, what have you been doing before you started your internship with us?
Max Reichel: I’ve completed my matriculation in the summer in Hamburg at the Heinrich-Heine-Gymnasium in Poppenbüttel.
Uwe Schmidt: And what do you do for leisure?
Max Reichel: I am a sportsman. I row. I am also the coxswain for the German Junior under-23 team.
Uwe Schmidt: How often do you practice in a week?
Max Reichel: Up to ten times a week. On the weekends around six times with each lasting about 90 to 120 minutes. Then during the week for an additional 4 times longer periods.
Uwe Schmidt: Where do you do your training?
Max Reichel: During the Winter on the Hamburg lake Alster. Otherwise, also at the Rowing and Canoe Intensive Training Centre in Allermöhe on the outskirts of Hamburg.
Uwe Schmidt: Which competitions do you participate in?
Max Reichel: We took part in the Junior World Champions in Rio de Janeiro in the summer and won the bronze medal.
Uwe Schmidt: I’m really impressed. Congratulations!
Max Reichel: Thank you. But we could have even become world champions. In the run-ups we beat Holland, who won the world champions.
Uwe Schmidt: I think you can also be pleased with 3rd place. What made you choose to do your internship with us?
Max Reichel: I just wanted to try out something totally different. My majors at school were in Mathematics and Science. I do have a general interest for marketing, and so this internship should really help.
Uwe Schmidt: Was the switch from school to career difficult for you.
Max Reichel: Yes, absolutely. At school you can just go with the flow. Here at the agency, I need to be actively busy for 8 hours a day. This was really a totally new experience for me. But nowadays I’ve become used to this pace.
Uwe Schmidt: Which languages do you speak?
Max Reichel: Besides German, I learnt English at school and can make myself well-understood. Furthermore, I spent a year abroad in the French speaking part of Switzerland and speak fluent French.
Uwe Schmidt: What would you still like to work on during your internship?
Max Reichel: I would really like to assist in concept work.
Uwe Schmidt: We can certainly arrange that. Thank you very much for the interview.
The interview was conducted by Chairman Uwe Schmidt at Industrie-Contact.
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Caption: Max Reichel, bronze medallist winner at the 2015 World Rowing Junior Championships in Rio de Janeiro and presently undertaking an internship at Industrie-Contact in Hamburg