Kendall Pruitt is a Marketing major graduating in May 2020. Last summer, Kendall interned with Minimoi in Barcelona, Spain.
If you worked on a big project during your internship, please describe what you did to help. Throughout my internship I was tasked with many small projects that would eventually help the company expand its brand. Minimoi is currently a children clothes, toys and furniture online store, and they are looking to move into a family-oriented home and lifestyle store. My job on this project was to create a logo, research American companies of similar markets, and find potential products they could eventually purchase or create themselves. Although I will not be around for the final transition into this phase of the company, I hope my work will help them come up with even bigger and better ideas when they are ready.
What did you find most challenging about your internship? The language barrier was the hardest part of my internship, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. In Barcelona, as some may already know, Catalan is the native language, not Spanish. Spanish is spoken more, and because I do have a conversational level of the language I was able to transition. In the office three languages were spoken (Catalan, Spanish and English), and my coworkers were beyond patient with me in all conversation. Usually I could just ask for a translation when I got lost but I learned to conceptualize the concepts in another language which helped me speak and understand better. My critical thinking was put to the test, which was a huge learning experience and gain in skill.
What advice do you have for other students that are also considering interning abroad? Definitely do it. I had been dreaming of doing something like this for a long time and still found myself terrified when it was finally happening. As soon as I finished by first week I couldn’t believe I had actually made it and found myself very comfortable out of my comfort zone. There is so much in the world to see, and I very quickly learned that two months abroad was not enough to see even a small part of it, but it created a huge passion for more travel and cultural immersion in my future. Specifically, in regard to my work experience, I was lucky to create a really fun relationship with my small company and now have an abundance of skill sets that I wanted to learn going into the experience. It is very worth it, and I would love to do it again and again.
How did Eller (or your previous coursework) prepare you for your internship? Eller encourages this opportunity to its students and spends time advertising to students. Not many other schools, or at least from the students I have talked to here, have that same encouragement. That is one huge thing Eller does right, and I am very thankful for their support. As Eller students we are exposed to so many opportunities that it becomes nearly impossible not to jump out of our comfort zone and that has been one of the best “skills” to have in preparation for any internship, but especially this one because of how many different variables there are. I am very excited to come back and actually apply everything I learned to my future role in clubs, classes, and internships/jobs.