Abigail Harvey is a Marketing major graduating in May 2020. Last summer, Abigail interned with Chubb in Sydney, Australia.
If you worked on a big project during your internship, please describe what you did to help. I was working in the HR and Marketing department at Chubb. The project I was tasked with was finding solutions to their on-boarding process by talking to hiring managers and researching the best on-boarding practices. I also talked to recently hired employees to understand the main issues they faced in their first few months at Chubb.
What did you find most challenging about your internship? The most challenging thing about my internship was learning when to ask for help. I came upon multiple roadblocks when working on my project and I had to figure out when the best time was to discuss my troubles with my manager. He’d always be more than willing to help me by showing me another way of solving the problem or simply by telling me to “google it”. I’ve now realized how simple asking for help is and how much it can benefit your work.
What advice do you have for other students that are also considering interning abroad? Some advice I have for other students is to do some research on the different countries that are being offered and choose the one that speaks to you the most. Australia was a great choice for me because it’s so similar to the United States and leaving the country was a big step for me. Pick a place that has plenty to offer in your free time because spending all day at work can put a damper on your mood. Having the city to explore in on your time off is what makes the whole trip worth it.
How did Eller (or your previous coursework) prepare you for your internship? Eller somewhat prepared me for my internship because my specific project was based on conducting research. Without having practice using databases and completing projects in Eller, I would’ve had a harder time working at my internship. Getting in the routine of presenting, researching, and collaborating with other students has really become useful in my current position.