Human resources intern.
How I got this internship:
My Mom has been working in human resources (HR) for 22 years now, and I highly admire the career she has built as well as her love for, and dedication to, this field. I love working with people, so I decided to check out HR.
What I do, day to day:
I participate in candidates’ screenings, interviewing and recruiting, and I assist with completing official documentation.
This is my first internship. I hope to continue exploring internship opportunities in France while studying abroad there next spring.
Most valuable part of this experience:
Sberbank is the largest and the oldest bank in Russia. Because of my internship there, I had the opportunity to attend the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum, which featured a panel discussion with the presidents of Sberbank and Boeing International, along with executives from McKinsey & Co., Google and Square and a professor from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The discussion centered on technological innovation, collaboration and entrepreneurship, something that, with the help of [Associate] Professor of International Studies, Business & Management Michael] Fratantuono and [Associate] Professor [of International Business & Management Helen] Takacs, I became very passionate about! Seeing outstanding businessmen from around the world face-to-face was quite inspiring, to say the least.
Advice for students considering internships:
Even if the company that offers you an internship is not necessarily the one you are most interested in, it is still worth going for it. Being in a new setting and doing something you have never done before can certainly add to your skill set.
I would love to make a contribution to social innovation and entrepreneurship, or join an NGO that works toward establishing social and environmental justice, protects human rights, develops education systems or supports interfaith communication. Thankfully, my education should allow me to do that in any part of the world.
Published August 1, 2016