Global Internship Spotlight – Nicole Johnson, Tillr

Eller PDC Coordinator Student Stories

Nicole Johnson is a MIS/OM major set to graduate in May 2021.  This summer she interned for Tillr in London, England.

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

During my internship I have had the opportunity to work within different departments of the company. In particular, I worked with the customer success manager on multiple automated task building rules for their clients. I was able to aid in developing the project for various new customers and see a finish product of my work. This project gave me a taste of what it is like to working in the technology field and left me excited to continue my work at Tillr.

What did you find most challenging about your internship?

When I was adapting to the different work environment and people in my company was what I found to be the most challenging part of my internship. Many aspects of working in London are very different compared to the U.S. This includes humor, coffee etiquette and more, but the more time I spend at Tillr the more I feel immersed in the culture. Now, I catch onto their humor easier and go to the pubs with my coworkers after a long day at work. There are always challenges with every job, but sometimes they end up being the best part of it.

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

My advice for interning abroad would be to “Do it!”. This once in a lifetime opportunity has given me the chance to step out of my comfort zona and work in a diverse work environment. The skills and opportunities I have gained from this internship is what I will carry with me into my future career. Interning across the world is not just about the job, but about the culture as well which allows you to have an experience many others cannot say they have.

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

Since completing my first semester of Eller in the fall, I felt I was very primed for my internship this summer. This is due to the fact that in order to succeed in Eller you have to stay organized. In my internship I have to stay organized to ensure I finish my tasks on time. Eller also taught me to ask for what I want in the workplace. Therefore, at my internship I am not afraid to speak up to work with a different department or on a different task. Without these skills Eller taught me, I would not have had the same experience I have had so far.