Global Spotlight – Kate Ellings, ACU

Eller PDC Coordinator Student Stories

Kate Ellings is a Management major graduating in December 2018. Last summer, Kate interned with the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) in London.

If you worked on a big project during your internship, please describe what you did to help.  One main project I worked on through out my internship was working on GDPR. Which stands for general data protection regulation. This is a new thing for European countries, so my tasks were basically reworking through my company’s data protection and privacy polices. I worked on an excel spread sheet filling out categories. These categories contained what information we take and record from employees, interns, consultants, agent workers and volunteers, where this information is stored, how long we keep their information, weather we are keeping it for legal obligation, contract reasons (etc.), working through which article of GDPR these items relate to and what individual rights people have on the information we keep and collect.

What did you find most challenging about your internship? Something I found challenging at my internship was adjusting to the cultural differences in the work place. My internship was in London and the British work culture is a lot slower paced than I am use to. So I really had to get use to this slow paced work style. Another cultural aspect that I found challenging was how open people are in the work place and are willing to talk about.

What advice do you have for other students that are also considering interning abroad? Some advice I would give to someone considering to study abroad is to not let nerves, fear or doubt hold you back from going. The work and internship itself will be an amazing learning experience. These global internships and global experience is something a lot of companies are looking for. Don’t let the fear of missing home, or whatever it is hold you back. Interning abroad will be some of the best memories you’ll make and something you might regret if you don’t do it. Because when is the next time you’ll be able to spend 2-4 months in another country to further your education.

How did Eller (or your previous coursework) prepare you for your internship? There are several courses that helped prepared me for my internship. Through my internship I worked on a HR management team. I was able to connect a lot of what I was doing and a lot of things I noticed or saw in the company related to the Organizational Behavioral Management course you take your first semester in Eller. BCOM classes also played an important role in my internship as I had to do a lot of business writing and professional writing to different colleagues at my office.