Global Spotlight – Timothy Hodges, Renault

Eller PDC Coordinator Student Stories

Timothy Hodges is majoring in Business Economics and will graduate in December 2019. Last summer, Timothy interned with Renault in Hong Kong.

If you worked on a big project during your internship, please describe what you did to help. I’ve been helping organize and coordinate a marketing activation for the Singapore Grand Prix. This involves meeting with advertising agencies to get designs made and liaising with our Singapore importer. Also, I have worked on a market penetration strategy for 5 countries in Southeast Asia. This involves doing trend analysis in order to identify potential sectors we could exploit.

What did you find most challenging about your internship? The most challenging thing about my internship has been pushing myself to work outside of the office to do a great job on my projects. Some of my work takes a lot of time and has to be worked on in my personal time. Also time management has been difficult as living in a hotel really messes with your schedule.

What advice do you have for other students that are also considering interning abroad? My advice would be to keep and open mind and try to learn from your international colleagues as much as you can. Also, try to travel around the region you are interning in as much as possible. I was able to visit South Korea, Macau, and the Philippines which have all been amazing trips.

How did Eller (or your previous coursework) prepare you for your internship? Eller has laid the foundation for many business concepts which allowed me to jump right into the projects without much training. Things such as marketing concepts and excel work have been very beneficial to my experience. However, my major has not had much to do with my work but some of the concepts are applicable.