Global Spotlight – Katie Riley, DepotLab Coworkings

Eller PDC Coordinator Student Stories

Katie Riley is a Marketing major graduating in May 2019. Last Summer, Katie interned with DepotLab Coworkings in Barcelona, Spain.

If you worked on a big project during your internship, please describe what you did to help. During my internship, the interns had the opportunity to create an entirely new Instagram for DepotLab’s sub-company, DepotLab Connect. This is one of the only “projects” the interns had to work on throughout the summer. We developed a marketing strategy when developing what photo content should be uploaded to the account, researching popular designs to attract customers. I took part in designing some of the photos that were going to be posted to the Instagram in the future.

What did you find most challenging about your internship? I found the most challenging part about the internship were the cultural differences. For instance, time management in Barcelona is far more different than in the states. I would come to my internship 15 minutes early every day. My boss, however, would arrive to work at least 30 minutes late which would confuse me. It was definitely hard at first because I realized that it was in connection with not receiving much direction. My boss would never really directly lead me in a direction to go with my work, so I would have to take it into my own hands. Regardless of the challenges, I learned a lot about my work ethic and these cultural differences.

What advice do you have for other students that are also considering interning abroad? I would advise potential abroad students to prepare for some cultural differences. Some days it’s really easy to become homesick and miss everyone that isn’t with you. However, touring around the local city is a great way to be active and learn a little more about where you live for the summer.

How did Eller (or your previous coursework) prepare you for your internship? Eller taught me how to be confident when I’m speaking to others. It was a nice opportunity to be able to have conversations with individuals within my company abroad.