Global Spotlight – Rachel Burckholder, Binnovators

Eller PDC Coordinator Student Stories

Rachel Burckholder is an Accounting major graduating in May 2019. Last Summer, Rachel interned with Binnovators in Prague, Czech.

If you worked on a big project during your internship, please describe what you did to help.  I am working on a few projects during my internship. My initial project was a research project on the market and industry of Crypto currency. This included me researching different fundamentals of the industry such as Porter’s 5 forces, an industry overview, and different risks associated with creating a Crypto currency hedge fund. Now, I am working on a spreadsheet of information on different competitors in the Crypto currency coin/token industry which include the top 50 forms of currency and different background information about each one.

What did you find most challenging about your internship? The most challenging part about my internship is that I had no previous knowledge about Crypto currency, so I had to start the job by learning about the different markets, industries, etc. This still takes a considerable amount of time seeing as though I have to research different topics that I do not even know the definition of!

What advice do you have for other students that are also considering interning abroad? Honestly, I asked my internship coordinator for something in Accounting which I was not told was achievable, but I have met other students on this trip who have Accounting internships, some without an Accounting major. My advice is to be firm about what kind of job you want and to reach out to your internship coordinator as often as you want to. This is unfortunate and being at a start-up is challenging, but it does give leniency that a big company would not give you. There are good things about each job you may end up with, so you really can’t go wrong with choosing to do an internship.

How did Eller (or your previous coursework) prepare you for your internship? Eller has prepared me for both my internship and my course abroad by teaching me accuracy and productivity. Coming here I was nervous about the cultural change, but the workforce is still the same business setting as in the United States. I think Eller has prepared me by teaching me to be professional, to be polite, to work hard even when you think you don’t have to, and to absolutely kill giving a good presentation and procrastinating studying. I have just received a 90%  on my test when the class average was a 75%… I did not think my work was up to Eller standards but apparently Eller standards are far more than other schools that I am with!