Kalyn Kennedy is a Management major graduating in May 2019. Last Summer, Kalyn interned with Fluttr in Barcelona, Spain.
If you worked on a big project during your internship, please describe what you did to help. A recent project that I was able to work on was a video testimonial for my company. I was given the opportunity to help film the video with one of our clients and start editing the final product. I had never filmed or edited video before so it was a fun and challenging experience for me! With the help of my supervisor, I was able to complete the testimonial and post it on all social media sites.
What did you find most challenging about your internship? The most challenging part of my internship is the communication barrier. Although all of my co-workers do speak English very well, small talk around the office is usually in Catalan and I have trouble understanding/ following along with the conversation. Normally, one of my co-workers will lean over and let me know the gist of the conversation so I feel much more included!
What advice do you have for other students that are also considering interning abroad? The best piece of advice that I have for other students is to come into the experience open- minded and have the willingness to adapt and learn from those around you. In the beginning it can get very overwhelming when you don’t know the language or have no idea where you are. So you just have to come into the experience prepared to struggle at times and soon enough you will get a grasp on the new culture and start to learn and adapt to the new lifestyle. Learning to have this patience with yourself and others will help to make your abroad experience way more enjoyable.
How did Eller (or your previous coursework) prepare you for your internship? I think I have improved on my communication skills immensely throughout my past semester in Eller. Working in teams, presenting in front of large groups, and learning in an engaging environment has helped me learn to communicate with my co-worker even when there is a language barrier. Without pushing myself in the classroom to become comfortable voicing my ideas, my abroad experience would have been a lot more difficult. I’ve noticed that I was well prepared for my internship in a way that many other students from other schools in the United States were not, and that made me feel a lot more confident about my skills and capabilities I the workplace.