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Company helps Olympian train for career after sports

Kim Bui does special internship for high-level athletes at Fresenius Medical Care

Usually it’s the intern who has all the questions, but Fresenius Medical Care employees had a few of their own when Kim Bui showed up for her internship. After all, it’s not every day that you work beside an Olympic gymnast.

(Published: August 2015)

Bui has been a member of the German national gymnastics team since 2003. A bronze medalist at the 2011 European championships, she competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and hopes to compete at next year’s Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Bui, 26, came to Fresenius in April under a special internship aimed at supporting young competitive athletes, who face particular challenges when trying to enter the job market. It was set up in cooperation with Deutsche Sporthilfe, a foundation that supports athletes.

“The biggest challenge in finding a job is my lack of work experience,” said Bui, a student in Technical Biology at the University of Stuttgart. “Because of all the training and competitions, I haven’t had the time or the chance to do internships and get practical experience. And it takes longer to complete my studies. That’s why I often fall through the cracks.”

“The biggest challenge in finding a job is my lack of work experience.”

Kim Bui upside down.

“Fresenius completely understands that alongside my work I am still pursuing my sport, and I am extremely grateful for that,” she added. “The internship is in the precise area of the economy where I hope to start working after I graduate.”

At Fresenius Medical Care, Kim Bui was assigned to a team responsible for the international marketing of all products related to apheresis therapy. That is a blood purification process in which substances that are making people ill are removed from the blood. She said she felt like a full member of the team, and learned a lot by assisting in a product launch.

“I think it’s great that I can be involved with a product that is going to help ill people,” she said. After the internship ended, Kim Bui was able to return to more intensive gymnastics training but then suffered a knee injury. Her focus now is on regaining her fitness as quickly as possible: The qualifications for the Rio Olympics will be held this autumn, and she is determined to take part in the world’s biggest sporting event once again.

Good luck, Kim, from everyone at Fresenius!

Interview with Kim Bui

In this video Kim Bui talks about the challenges a competitive athlete faces when looking for a job, and about her experiences at Fresenius.