Hannah Kitkowski is a Marketing major graduating in May 2020. Last summer, Hannah interned with Talem Wealth in Sydney, Australia.
If you worked on a big project during your internship, please describe what you did to help. For my internship, I was tasked to develop and think of news ways to improve the company’s marketing, social media, and overall online presence. One of my major projects was to develop “Know Your Number” retirement calculator to be put on their website. For this, I researched different WordPress add-on forms, found the best ones, and developed prototype calculators. Once I wrote up a report, I sent out my findings and recommendations to my boss where he then decided which we would move forward with and post to the website through WordPress.
What did you find most challenging about your internship? I would say the most challenging part about this internship for me was adjusting to a different culture in the workplace. Although Sydney wasn’t terribly different from the states, learning to adjust to the subtle differences was intimidating at first. These differences ranged from something as simple as remembering that “color” is spelled “colour” in Australia, to being aware of the differences in financial lingo and marketing techniques that might be unique to Australians. However, once time went on, I got more comfortable and everyone I worked with were always very helpful and fun.
What advice do you have for other students that are also considering interning abroad? It can be intimidating going out of your comfort zone, but the experience is entirely worth it. During the week you are working a full day which can be tiring at times but is also a good introduction into what a job will be like after college. And, on the weekends, you get to adventure around one of the coolest cities in the world! I would also advise them to keep an open mind. There’s a chance that you might not be placed in a company that you want. For example, I wanted music but got placed in financial planning. However, I mainly wanted marketing which is what I got, and I ended up absolutely loving the people and the company I worked for.
How did Eller (or your previous coursework) prepare you for your internship? My previous coursework helped me in my company of financial planning and helped me when I had to write formal business memos/reports. Although I wasn’t working with the actual numbers, being aware of the business and financial lingo I learned from previous classes made everything a little easier to digest. Also, I ended up writing many reports so everything I learned from BCOM 214 really came in handy.