Global Internship Spotlight – Anastasia Kotsakis, The Entrepreneurs Academy

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Anastasia Kotsakis is a Pre-Business major set to graduate in 2022.  This summer she interned for The Entrepreneurs Academy in Dublin, Ireland.

If you worked on a big project during your internship, please describe what you did to help.

Within the first week of my internship at The Entrepreneurs Academy, I was given a marketing project to help manage. My company wanted my help to advertise themselves on social media. I travelled around Ireland to different workshops and events to take pictures for the social media pages as well as finding prospective candidates for testimonials who created a successful business with the help of the Entrepreneurs Academy. It has been a very fun project to work on because of the opportunities it has given me to explore the country and meet new people.

What did you find most challenging about your internship?

Something I found challenging was navigating a new city in a new country. From my experience, this takes time to adjust to. In addition, the amount of space we were working in was particularly challenging. My supervisor, two coworkers, and I all sit next to each other in a small room, so when someone is speaking to a client on the phone, we all have to be very quiet as to not distract/interrupt. Similarly, when I was making phone calls, I found it difficult to understand the variety of thick Irish accents.

What advice do you have for other students that are also considering interning abroad?

My advice for other students considering interning abroad is to absolutely do it! I was hesitant before applying for the global internship, not necessarily because I would be in another country alone, but because I wouldn’t get to be with my family or friends this summer. I am an out-of-state student as well so I don’t get to spend much time with my family or friends from home during the year at all. However, I have made so many new friends on this trip who attend University of Arizona and other colleges as well.

How did Eller (or your previous coursework) prepare you for your internship?

During my first year of college, I was involved in the Eller Global Business Association which is a club that teaches you about international business. This club opened my eyes and prepared me for my time here in Dublin, Ireland. On the other hand, I not only was involved in this club but also chose to keep busy each semester with many classes during my first year of college. This helped me exercise turning in thorough work in a timely fashion, preparing me for success at my internship.

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