Gabe Lombard is an Accounting major graduating in May 2020. Last summer, Gabe interned with Innroute in Barcelona, Spain.
If you worked on a big project during your internship, please describe what you did to help. The biggest project I have worked on was creating an excel sheet that logs all of the sales and purchase invoices for the company’s records. The company uses an accounting software to log their accounting history and I worked with another intern on maintaining an excel record as well. We created two different excel sheets to split up the work, one for purchases and one for sales. On the sheets we logged any relevant information form the invoices and ordered them by date.
What did you find most challenging about your internship? The most challenging aspect to my job was adjusting to the Spanish language barrier. Many of my coworkers do not speak any English so I have really had to practice the Spanish I learned in high school. My superior in the accounting department does not speak any English so when she gives me directions or assignments, I have to translate them for the other American intern. This was very challenging at first but has helped me improve my Spanish tremendously.
What advice do you have for other students that are also considering interning abroad? When interning abroad, there will be many unexpected cultural challenges to adapt to, but that is what makes the experience so valuable. Being put into a difficult situation such as working in an environment where the coworkers speak a different language or follow different cultural norms teaches you to adapt. It is important to embrace these challenges as much as possible to improve. This mentality makes the time you spent abroad so much more worthwhile, not just in the internship.
How did Eller (or your previous coursework) prepare you for your internship? It was important to take the basic accounting courses before coming to this internship in order to have a better sense as to how my job works. Aside from accounting courses, I found that my BCOM and BNAD courses gave me a bit of relevant knowledge to improve my professionalism and communication skills. Although I was very prepared for my internship there have been many things I learned from experience. I believe the experience in an actual work environment is very beneficial to my professional knowledge.