Student Spotlight- Jordan Spallas, Startupbootcamp Internet of Things & Data

Eller PDC Coordinator Student Stories

Jordan Spallas is a marketing and entrepreneurship major with a global business minor graduating in the spring who had an internship with Startupbootcamp Internet of Things & Data in Barcelona this summer.

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Jordan Spallas

Tell us a little bit about how you landed the internship:

I participated in the International Internship Program that Eller offers, partnering with Dream Careers. Dream Careers works with local businesses in the city that you’re interested in working in. My coordinator sent my resume out to multiple companies in the areas of marketing and entrepreneurship, and after many early morning skype interviews, I landed an internship with Startupbootcamp Internet of Things & Data Barcelona! I was told that I would be the Marketing and Communications Intern for a global start-up accelerator, so it was a perfect match with what I wanted experience in.

What was a typical day at your internship like?

A typical day at a job in Spain is culturally different than a typical day at a job in the United States. I would arrive at work at about 10:00am after grabbing a coffee at a local café. Once I got to work, I would check my emails and get started on that day’s tasks of running a marketing campaign to attract start-up talent from all over the world to the accelerator. My boss would come in at about 11:00am and we would have a Progress Status meeting. We would then take a coffee break and I would get to talk to the entrepreneurs from all over the world and gain some knowledge and insight. For the campaign, I wrote newsletter content, created info-graphics, organized press releases, updated the website, and learned how to use various, useful campaign management tools. My day ended at 4:00pm during Barcelona’s lunch break and siesta time. I then had the evenings to explore the city!

What are some things you learned?

Working in a foreign work environment taught me how to adapt to a culturally different lifestyle. I learned how to manage the work-life balance, and that you don’t need to be constantly working – it’s okay to take coffee breaks! I also learned that we, as Americans, can be quite narrow-minded and forget that there are other countries of people with a whole different perspective on things. It is refreshing to hear other people’s perspectives and to learn to enjoy life more!