Global Spotlight – Richard Foitik, Ecocreative

Eller PDC Coordinator Student Stories

Richard Foitik is a Management Information Systems (MIS) major graduating in May 2019. Last summer, Richard interned with Evocreative in Prague, Czech.

If you worked on a big project during your internship, please describe what you did to help. During my internship, I was involved in many smaller projects for our clients around the world.  One of the biggest was for a Russian investment company where I was involved in having to finalize and then migrate their website from our development servers to their live.  Typically, this is a simple task, however the awful technical support provided by the other company combined with a sharp deadline to meet made the project more stressful than it should have been.

What did you find most challenging about your internship? Communication amongst the workers and the clients we work with.  When your coworkers and clients are international, it’s always a challenge trying to meet the deadlines and exceed the expectations of the clients who may have a different understanding of the final deliverables.

What advice do you have for other students that are also considering interning abroad? Without a doubt – take the opportunity!  I’ve been fortunate enough to meet people from all over the world and grow my professional connections.  Some of the friendships I’ve made I hope will continue to flourish even after I leave, and hopefully someday we’ll be working with each other in the United States.

How did Eller (or your previous coursework) prepare you for your internship? The communication skills I gained from first semester Eller really helped prepare me for the internship assignments.  Since the majority of my coworkers are international and have different requirements for their communication channels, I’ve become more adaptable and flexible with all mediums.