My summer internship in Barcelona, Spain – G1Y Student Voice
Where did you intern? What did you do there?
For summer 2018, I did an internship with Glovo. Glovo is a start-up company in Barcelona that was ranked in top 10 start-ups in that city for 2016–17. It is basically a delivery app that promises quick, 3D-tracked delivery. The delivered items are divided in different categories like pharmacy, food, groceries, and so on. Glovo believes that a focused mission statement and cohesive core company values are vital to maintaining employee alignment.
This internship experience was really valuable for me. I wasn’t burdened with work, and they focused on my professional growth. I have always dreamed of being an entrepreneur; keeping this goal of mine in mind, they put me in all types of situations and gave me a chance to handle them. If I did well, I was appreciated by everyone and got rewards. When I went wrong, I was taught the right method and was again given a task to improve those skills. Working in a startup was a cherry on the cake for me. Even though there is a lot of pressure in a startup company, they focused on our personal growth: they had us host a formal meeting, understand customer care, focus on business profit, and many useful things. In short, I grew professionally.
How did you get your internship?
I got to know about the internship through Glassdoor’s international job search engine.
What advice do you have for those beginning the internship process?
The only advice I would like to give is to be a good observer during your internship. The more you observe in your department or other departments, the more you will learn. This teaches you a lot about how everything around you works and how problems are solved, how people behave, and so on.
How did your internship connect back to your coursework?
While I was doing my internship, I was also taking classes online. I had subjects like Crisis Management, International Business Communication, and Non-Verbal Communication; I performed well in these subjects because I was applying those concepts in a practical way. There were also times that I read chapters that helped me in performing well at work; for example, about non-verbal communication in business. This gave an idea of how people are or expect you to be in workplace in Barcelona.
Guest written by freshman G1Y student
Communications major from Mumbai, India
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