Olivia Romano is a Management Information System (MIS) major and will graduate in May 2019. Last summer, Olivia interned with Instantt in Tower Hill, London.
If you worked on a big project during your internship, please describe what you did to help. I have been a part of several mini projects throughout my internship. During my first interview with my supervisor, I told him that although I am an MIS major, I have other skills in many areas. As a result, I was able to be apart in all parts of the company and ended up with many responsibilities. I researched restaurants in the area that the company should pursue as future clients, I created menus for 5+ menus for restaurants onboarding to the app, I completed a market research PPT for investors and I updated and maintained their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram account.
What did you find most challenging about your internship? The most challenging part of my internship was learning how to understand the British way of working and their corporate culture. Simply put, Brits work to live and Americans live to work. My supervisor and other coworkers would arrive to work around 9:00 am but spend the first 20-30 minutes casually chatting and getting a coffee. I enjoyed catching up each morning but found it odd to not begin work right away. In addition, my supervisor was never transparent in the way he assigned me tasks. He would say, “It’d be great if you would update this spreadsheet today…” or “Someone should begin updating this list…”. I had to learn to take initiative and begin and start tasks as soon as possible, even if he did not outstandingly say so.
What advice do you have for other students that are also considering interning abroad? Always ask for what you want and do not be afraid to ask questions. The best thing I did during my internship was ask to be involved in all areas of the company. As a result, I was able to be apart of projects that related to operations, marketing and technology.
How did Eller (or your previous coursework) prepare you for your internship? I felt extremely prepared for my internship thanks to the help of Eller. I was able to use my communication skills learned in BCOM314 when speaking with investors and other executives, my research skills from MKTG361 when developing a market review and my analytical/technology skills from my MIS courses when asked to work with data and data warehousing.