Serena Davidson is an Economics major graduating in May 2020. Last summer, Serena interned with Metricfy in Barcelona, Spain.
If you worked on a big project during your internship, please describe what you did to help. For my internship, I assist the marketing team with content development, social media accounts management, and marketing research. Throughout my time here at Metricfy, I have found the most rewarding assignment to be writing articles that will be posted on to the company’s new website. The articles focused on topics that, before my research, I knew little about. It is because of this that I found this work to be the most advantageous towards my time here. It enabled me to grasp a better understanding of what Metricfy does as a company through my research and writing. In addition, creating content to be published and credited to me presented the feeling that my role as an intern was as valued and as important as the other workers’ in my office.
What did you find most challenging about your internship? While my coworkers never expressed any ill will towards me, it was hard for me at first to view them as friendly when the only conversations we exchanged were when I was receiving instructions. As my time at Metricfy increased, I began to understand that while they did not speak to me, it was the culture here to not exchange many words with one another while in the workspace. This was the biggest culture shock to me as I am used to my previous jobs where I was close with my coworkers, actively working together and communicating as the workday carried on. This lack of communication was very challenging to me as it is hard to stay focused and driven when I do not have interaction with other people for hours on end. However, while I need interaction to stay motivated and focused, the locals in Barcelona need to be unbothered throughout the entirety of the day in order to achieve what needs to be done. Despite this culture shock, I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Metricfy and am grateful to have been placed in a company that is made up of intelligent, motivated, and kind individuals.
What advice do you have for other students that are also considering interning abroad? Taking an internship abroad has been the most rewarding experience throughout my time as a student at the University of Arizona. I discovered and applied to this program on my own. I was planning to travel 6000 miles away to live in a place I have never been before with people I have never met. However, I am so grateful that I did not let my fears stop me, as I have made lifelong friendships and fell in love with one of the most beautiful cities in the world! The skills I gained from my internship will stick with me for the remainder of my education, career, and life. My internship allowed me gain an understanding of exactly what life would be like to live and work in a foreign country. In additions, being homesick was never much of a problem for me as I was able to form a new home in the wonderful city of Barcelona. Do not let the fear of going into this program by yourself and being away from home for an extended period of time prevent you from gaining a rewarding experience unlike any other!
How did Eller (or your previous coursework) prepare you for your internship? Each of my classes at the University of Arizona has helped me to be more prepared for my internship. Throughout my coursework, I have learned to be more organized, driven, and detail oriented, henceforth, benefiting me during my time at Metricfy. The classes I have taken have provided me with skills that allowed me to develop a strong work ethnic, earning the respect of those around me. I am grateful that my classes and school work have taught me both in and out of the classroom.