Global Spotlight – Vera Porter, Artisans & Adventures

Eller PDC Coordinator Student Stories

Vera Porter is a Pre-Business major graduating in May 2020. Last summer, Vera interned with Artisans & Adventurers in London, UK.

If you worked on a big project during your internship, please describe what you did to help. For my internship, I worked at an independent ethically-made jewelry and homeware boutique. While interning there, I was given the opportunity to help during several of my company’s photoshoots. I was asked to perform a wide-range of tasks including pairing outfits with different sets of jewelry, designing visually appealing displays of merchandise, and taking note of the stock used in photos. I was also asked to model several jewelry collections for their website and social media platforms.

What did you find most challenging about your internship? I really enjoyed the work I did during my internship; however, the most challenging part would have to be the minor language/culture barrier. Although England is an English-speaking country, there are still slight differences regarding social interactions and work environments. Furthermore, there are over thirty dialects of the English language in the UK which made it difficult to understand certain accents at times. I also encountered some confusion regarding the different names the British have for many American terms.

What advice do you have for other students that are also considering interning abroad? If you are considering interning abroad, it is important to go into your workplace with an open mind. You may be asked to complete an array of different jobs, so keeping an open mind will help with transitioning from one task to another. I also think it is important to be able to adapt to your work environment. This can be accomplished by making it a point to get to know your coworkers as well as the surrounding area of your company.

How did Eller (or your previous coursework) prepare you for your internship? Before coming to London, I was a pre-business major. My previous coursework prepared me for my internship because my classes gave me the opportunity to build upon important skills such as communication, teamwork, and time management. I did an internship before this at a similar workplace, so many of the tasks I was asked to perform I had already done before in the past. My past internship made this experience more comfortable for me because I was familiar with the type of work environment.