Student Spotlight: Lauren Findlow, Dream Careers London

Eller PDC Student Stories

findlow9By Lauren Findlow

Hi! My name is Lauren Findlow, and I’m a junior majoring in Marketing and minoring in both Mandarin Chinese and Global Business. I have served as the Career Showcase coordinator for Delta Sigma Pi, the Vice President of Communications for the Eller College Ambassadors, a board member for the Eller Student Excellence Fund, as well as a board member for the Eller College Chinese Student Council.  I am passionate about everything that I am involved in and I remain this way because I enjoy challenging myself by taking on different roles and projects in each organization. The opportunities that Eller has provided me have all helped to shape me into the person that I am today.

In March of 2013, I was awarded the McCord Scholarship. The McCord Scholarship is awarded to about a dozen Eller Honors students each academic year. With the $10,000 scholarship, I participated in Eller’s International Internship Program in Hong Kong. This past summer, I interned for Crave Magazine, a local gastronomic magazine in Central, Hong Kong. As their marketing intern I attended food tastings, fashion events, client meetings, assisted in enhancing their social media, and sold advertisement space.

I had a great relationship with my Hong Kong program director and she encouraged me to apply for Dream Career’s summer staff positions all around the world. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Hong Kong and knew that I wanted to work abroad again very soon! Upon returning to the U of A, I began my position as the Eller International Student Coordinator for the Hong Kong program. As the coordinator I worked closely with Eller’s international internship partner, Dream Careers, and was able to learn even more about the summer staff positions that they offered.

This summer, I will be working for Dream Careers, as the Events Coordinator for their international internship program in London, England. For eight weeks this summer, I will be assisting the program members in learning more about London’s culture, history, and career opportunities. I am very much looking forward to this new adventure! I have always had a passion for coordinating events and this will give me the opportunity to further explore that industry.

After graduation, I hope to live and work abroad in Asia. Gaining international work experience is very important to me because I want to prove to future employers that I can adapt to any situation or environment. I never would have thought that I would be going abroad twice as an undergraduate student! I credit both Vannessa Kramer and Gabriela Valdez as two people who have pushed me to apply for this position in London. Without their continued support, I wouldn’t have pursued another international internship this summer.