Global Spotlight – Griffin Douglas, Competize

Eller PDC Coordinator Student Stories

Griffin Douglas is double majoring in Finance and Entrepreneurship and graduating in December 2020. Last summer, Griffin interned with Competize in Barcelona, Spain.

If you worked on a big project during your internship, please describe what you did to help. I worked on a big project over the course of the internship. I was responsible for creating a list of over 1000 new contacts from the United States. After compiling the list of contacts I would reach out to them via email. We had a list of five different emails that we would send. I would stop sending emails to those who responded. Lastly, I had a list of contacts that I would call for about 2 weeks. This was mostly cold calls.

What did you find most challenging about your internship? I found cold calling to be the most difficult. It wasn’t hard to sell the company but getting rejected time after time was hard on me. This was a good learning experience though because the more you fail the more you learn. I got better as time went on and that made it better. I had a script that I went off of but for the most part it changed depending on the client and their specific need.

What advice do you have for other students that are also considering interning abroad? This will be your biggest regret if you do not do it. Do it!!!!!! This was easily the best experience I have ever had. Internship’s here are relaxed, not a lot of stress. I would recommend talking to as many people as you can at the office. That includes the companies that you don’t work for but are in same office.

How did Eller (or your previous coursework) prepare you for your internship? Eller helped me prepare for my internship on all of the professional aspects. My boss was surprised how polite, courteous, and well prepared I was for my internship. I think just being professional is not the norm here in Barcelona so when you bring that aspect to an office they are impressed. Lastly, my knowledge from school helped me with professional emails and phone calls.