Noah Baker is a Management Information Systems (MIS) major graduating in May 2020. Last summer, Noah interned with Syneidis Cybersecurity in Barcelona, Spain.
If you worked on a big project during your internship, please describe what you did to help. I feel like an entire startup is a big project. My job in particular was trying to secure investment to help with growth, and to market our product in an effort to gain more users.
What did you find most challenging about your internship? The language barrier, especially in the beginning. It is incredibly inefficient at first and takes time to get used to, but once a system is developed things run smoothly. It is a rewarding experience to be able to work with people from all around the world, and it makes one a more well-rounded individual and future employee.
What advice do you have for other students that are also considering interning abroad? Professionally I would say that it is important to come prepared to work, and to work hard. A lot of these internships are at startups who are just trying to get on their feet, and they will ask of you to do whatever you can to help them succeed. It is tough at times, but you feel like you are actually contributing, unlike other internships.
How did Eller (or your previous coursework) prepare you for your internship? I would say that business communication was the piece of Eller coursework that prepared me the most for this internship. This might not be the case for everybody, but my job involved a great deal of professional communication in terms of asking for investment and other conversations of that matter. Business communications gave me the tools to be eloquent, but straight to the point.