Global Spotlight – Dennis Holman, Ignitor

Eller PDC Coordinator Student Stories

Dennis Holman is a Pre-Business major graduating in May 2020. Last summer, Dennis interned with Ignitor in Barcelona, Spain.

If you worked on a big project during your internship, please describe what you did to help. Throughout my internship, one project I worked on was a project by gathering many firms to contact all over the world. My task was to organize them in an excel document with detailed information about them. In addition, I made many phone calls to the companies where I talked about the firm I was working for in detail and our future projects/events for the company in a Market Research position. Overall, It was intriguing to call/email firms all around the world from the United Arab Emirates, New Zealand, India, Saudi Arabia, Poland, and the Czech Republic to sell my firm’s products to those countries. In closing, I learned a lot about the cultural norms/Business cultural on those countries.

What did you find most challenging about your internship? By far the most challenging part of my internship was explaining complex things in Spanish to my supervisors. This involved informing them on recommendations with selling their products and helping them improve the efficiency of their firm as well. It was tricky explaining these things since I had limited knowledge of grammar/vocabulary and therefore, it proved to be a real challenge. It took trials and errors but my knowledge of Spanish slowly grew and my proficiency in it has improved.

What advice do you have for other students that are also considering interning abroad? If students wish to study aboard the should fellow these steps. Number 1, If they’re going to a non-anglophone country, they should have a basic understanding of the language. This really shows the locals that you’re trying to learn about the cultural norms and they will also admire you for doing it. Second, they should make an effort to get out of their comfort zone that can be going to a bar, meeting locals, speaking a language other than English or doing what is beyond expected. Third, they should ask as many questions of possible about the firm so they have a better understanding of their task.

How did Eller (or your previous coursework) prepare you for your internship?Eller prepared me well for this internship which included, understanding different cultural norms at different point of view. Also, accounting helped me tell my supervisors some of the things they can do to manage their expenses. In addition, taking some gen Eds such as Astronomy allowed me to have deeper conversations when it didn’t come to work. Overall, I would give Eller a positive note for helping prepare me for this internship.