Hear from our Summer 2022 Interns about their experience at WTCSav.
Q1: How has the WTCSav Internship Program prepared you for entering the job market?
Geena: The WTCSav Internship Program has given me the opportunity to use and learn about a variety of new data sources and software which I believe will help me succeed in future jobs.
Jamie: The WTCSav Internship Program has prepared me by teaching me how to sell myself to other employers. Being able to practice my elevator pitch about myself and networking with other employers has increased my confidence in putting myself out there in the job market.
Maya: The WTCSav Internship Program has given me experience in the marketing field along with the ability to network with various types of professionals from all over the world.
Q2: What advice do you have for current students looking to get an internship?
Geena: Put yourself out there! Internships are a great way to learn about an industry and explore career options.
Jamie: Do it! Getting an internship is the best way to get work experience that you can’t get in the classroom. Also, it looks really great on your resume and gives you good talking points in future interviews.
Maya: Put your best foot forward and don’t hesitate to apply. Internships are the beginning of your professional career.
Q3: What was the most rewarding part of your internship? What have you learned?
Geena: The most rewarding part of the internship for me was getting to see my research represented on the Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA) website. I’ve learned about what research looks like in a variety of contexts – research for use by SEDA, research to share with partner businesses and even the data collection process.
Jamie: The most rewarding part of the internship was being able to meet all different kinds of people from various places. For example, I was able to meet the Honorary Consul General of Liberia and the Consul General of Japan along with other CEOs and executives from a variety of businesses.
Maya: The most rewarding part of the internship was being able to design for WTCSav. I appreciate that the staff respected and trusted me enough to design graphics.
Q4: What do you wish you knew before interning that you would like to share with other students?
Geena: Don’t be afraid to reach out for help when you need it. Every intern joins the team with a different background and skillset. I learned a lot from my fellow interns, and they were always willing to lend a hand when I needed help with something.
Jamie: I wish that I had started with more confidence. I realized that I could’ve introduced myself to more people if I had been confident from the start. So, I encourage other students to come into the internship with full confidence, even if it is out of your comfort zone.
Maya: Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Asking questions is how you verify the information you’re given and ensure that your tasks are completed correctly.
Q5: Would you recommend other students complete WTCSav’s Internship Program? If so, why?
Geena: I would recommend that other students complete the program. It is a great opportunity to learn about local and international trade in a challenging and supportive environment.
Jamie: I would recommend that other students complete WTCSav’s internship program because it is a great experience, and the people who work here want to help you with your future and want to watch you grow. The work that you do here is meaningful and really serves a purpose and is not just busy work.
Maya: Yes! This internship is great if you would like to work internationally. You will meet an abundance of global businesspeople and learn about different cultures while gaining experience.
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