Katarina Delgado is a Pre-Business major graduating in May 2020. Last summer, Katarina interned with Competize in Barcelona, Spain.
If you worked on a big project during your internship, please describe what you did to help. Working for a start up company means there is a lot of room to improve. Competize had little to no marketing strategy or presence, meaning my job for the summer was to create an entire marketing schedule. I revamped all social media and created weekly posts for the next three months. Overall, my company gained over 3,000 followers on Instagram over the course of two months. I also featured our clients each week on social media, which improved consumer relations.
What did you find most challenging about your internship? The most challenging part about my internship was learning how to be patient with a start up company. Every little detail coincides with every task, so if something isn’t up to date or hasn’t been created, then I won’t be able to complete my task. Things seem to run slower and it made me extremely impatient and I had to learn how to adjust.
What advice do you have for other students that are also considering interning abroad? When interning abroad, research the company in depth before the interview process. Make sure the job description is something you would want to do 20 hours a week. Finding yourself constantly bored or unchallenged with your internship can be unmotivating. Research and asking questions is key to a great internship experience.
How did Eller (or your previous coursework) prepare you for your internship? Eller has taught me to be respectful and professional in any business setting so it was easy to adjust to the settings here in Spain. Being able to communicate in a business professional manner created respect and trust from my supervisors.