Peyton Burger is double majoring in Management Information Systems (MIS) and Operations Management graduating in May 2019. Last Summer, Peyton interned with Panlogic in Richmond, London.
If you worked on a big project during your internship, please describe what you did to help. During the time at my internship I have worked on a project of going through all of the big charities and governmental industries of London and the greater area. I was given a list of over 500 companies that I had to research and I created a database that include their director of communication’s email and phone along with the address of the company and website. Doing this allowed Panlogic to create the connection for consulting later on. Once I was done with this project I presented it to the CEO of Panlogic to evaluate the next step.
What did you find most challenging about your internship? Being in London they have a different pace and dynamic of the work environment which made it difficult at time. In the states we are always taught to get things done the fastest that we can and always given a due date for when they need to be completed. While in London I discovered through my first several projects that you take your time for everything and ensure before presenting it that there are no mistakes anywhere throughout the project. Many times I would rush through a project scared that I wasn’t going to turn it in when they wanted and the project would end up having mistakes I would’ve caught if I took my time. Now when I go to start a project I take a step back and relook through it all multiple times.
What advice do you have for other students that are also considering interning abroad? My biggest piece of advice for other students wanting to study abroad is to be very observant of how your coworkers are doing their work. Personally I want to get a job that is in the states once I graduate but that being said getting the opportunity to travel abroad and have an internship I am not able to confidently communicate with others professionally. Everyday I make it my goal to learn something new about how the people within the UK go about their work. Becoming a very observant person during this process will help me become a better business women once I leave U of A.
How did Eller (or your previous coursework) prepare you for your internship? Without the three years that I have had within the Eller program I would’ve been lost about the varies school and professionally social aspects of the day to day work life. Within my MIS classes I have learned a lot of about the different technical business lingo that has become essential to the understanding of how Panlogic talks about their everyday projects and conversations allowing me to contribute personal opinions. Socially I have found Eller beneficial in that I have been taught from how to have an interview to going about the day to day work life and struggles that you have as an intern. I would’ve risked going about varies work life complications incorrectly and not looked as professional if I didn’t go through the Eller program.