Want to jump feet-first into applying the concepts learned in your marketing class? Seeking to apply your textbook knowledge of GAAP rules and regulations to a work situation? Business internships are a wonderful way to continue exploring your concentration and future career options!
International Development - Promium, LLC
Hi! I’m Katie Patton. I am a junior this year, majoring in Business with a minor in Hispanic Studies. I’ve studied away in Granada, Spain with PLU, and also lived in Ecuador for eleven months as a Rotary International Exchange Student. I’m leaning towards either working abroad or working with companies around the world. This past summer, I took on a position at Promium as an International Development Intern to get more experience in a professional setting and learn more about the opportunities to work in an international scope.
Who is Promium?
Promium is a company that creates software solutions to speed up data analysis from collection to reporting. They work with environmental groups that primarily test soil, water, air, and food.
What did you do there?
I helped with the expansion of Promium’s sales into Mexico this summer by identifying key contacts, developing databases of environmental laboratories, and producing a primary translation of their capabilities brochure into Spanish. It was great to be able to use my Spanish in a business setting, as I am thinking about going into global relations or working within international business.
What helped make your internship a success?
The ability to explore different areas of the business. I was able to job shadow many different departments, including accounting and the support desk (a big part of a software company), and to experience meetings where telecommuting was often used. I also got the opportunity to conduct an informational interview with an Account Manager to learn about best sales practices in the industry.
Working directly with the Marketing Director, I also had a mentor to check in with and bounce ideas off of. It was great having someone to give advice and guidance as I learned more about the company and gained experience in a professional office setting.
What takeaways are you bringing back to school?
I am going into this semester and the rest of my time here at PLU with a better idea of what I still need to learn. This internship was my first real professional experience, and the importance of computer science and technology really made an impact on me.
I am going to continue to explore my options to see what I like best, but this internship allowed me to see the potential for using my Spanish skills in a business setting. I have loved my experiences abroad, and am excited to see what the future will bring!