Global Spotlight – Adam Thompson, JLL

Eller PDC Coordinator Student Stories

Adam Thompson is a Finance major graduating in May 2020. Last summer, Adam interned with JLL in Singapore. 

If you worked on a big project during your internship, please describe what you did to help.  Since Q2 closed during my internship, I helped consolidate financial data from the Asia Pacific region in time to send it to the global team for financial reporting. I essentially took data from each country in the region and summarized it in a shared presentation format. An additional major project I worked on was to help the brand team compile a film kit for brand video marketing.

What did you find most challenging about your internship? The most challenging aspect of the internship was figuring things out as I go. It is good to ask questions, but some things are better to be figured out independently or just expected to be known. So, I guess my answer would be having to adjust and roll with the punches.

What advice do you have for other students that are also considering interning abroad? My main advice for future interns abroad would be to talk to as many people as possible, get out of your comfort zone, and help with a variety of tasks, no matter what they are. Work professionals always respect your initiative and it’s very rewarding. Try not to just stare at a screen all day and focus on the particulars of your work. That’s basically just to keep you busy and is not as valuable as generating new experiences.

How did Eller (or your previous coursework) prepare you for your internship? I have not begun with my Eller courses just yet, but my prior coursework certainly helped me with how to meet deadlines, efficiently use applications like Excel and PowerPoint for finance and marketing purposes, and communicate with others in the office through email.