Postgraduates enter the fast lane with internships at Bentley Motors

Two recent postgraduate students are settling into life in the fast lane with prestigious internships at Bentley Motors Limited, where they will be implementing the findings of their Masters dissertation.

David Yodaiken, MSc Organizational Psychology (from the UK), and Saloni Dikshit, MSc Business Psychology (from India), completed their Masters degrees at Leeds University Business School in August this year.

For their final dissertation, they delivered a consultancy project for Bentley Motors titled ‘Creating a cost-conscious culture within a luxury automotive industry’. After presenting their findings to senior managers at the UK headquarters, they were offered 12-month internships to continue the project and help to implement their recommendations.

Saloni explains, “The opportunity for the project came from the Business School’s existing relationship with Bentley Motors, through the Socio-Technical Centre. We made recommendations on how the product cost-optimisation department can approach organisational change. We applied the theoretical knowledge from our course, like systems thinking, to suggest how the organisation can take a holistic approach to change.”

Lucy Bolton at the Business School’s Socio-Technical Centre has been working with Bentley Motors on research projects since 2013. Building on this relationship, both students were excited to be offered the opportunity to continue their project and work from the UK headquarters of the global car manufacturer.

David explains, “The internship is a great opportunity to develop my skills and gain some experience at a multinational organisation. Having such an organisation on my CV will be worth its weight in gold. Combined with the learning we will gain, I'm very excited for the future.”

The internships are also providing the opportunity to work on a range of other projects within the cost-optimisation department. Saloni says, “I am also involved with activities like competitor analysis and process improvements. For example, I’m looking at several different engineering software available to employees and suggesting how to promote and improve their use across the organisation.”

View course information for MSc Organizational Psychology and MSc Business Psychology

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Image: David and Saloni pictured outside Bentley Motors HQ in Crewe with their Director, John Killick

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