I am a British undergraduate student, studying languages in the UK but in February 2018, I moved to the budding campus of HEC Paris. Almost a year after the interview, I was about to start a five-month internship in the marketing department, and I found myself feeling surprisingly more excited than nervous. The beauty of an internship is that it gives you an invaluable insight into a world of work you may not have otherwise considered and, whether you go down that route or not, the skills and experiences you gain will be beneficial in whatever profession you decide upon. For that reason, I was eager to get to work and to see where my placement took me.
The range of duties and tasks I took on during the next five months provided me with the perfect resources upon which to build and improve my communication skills, soft skills, and hard skills. One key ingredient in any profession is communication skills, but it is especially important in languages. The work I carried out at HEC seemed almost tailored to my needs, not only as a language student, but also as a successful speaker and individual in my future career.
As French is a foreign language to me, working at HEC gave me the invaluable opportunity to develop my level of the language, but it also helped me to build better organisational skills and new approaches to problem solving. These are assets that I know will benefit me greatly in the years to come.
Alongside many other responsibilities, I had the great opportunity to attend several events held at HEC such as panel discussions and international business competitions, with a variety of students and influential people. This was accompanied by live social media coverage and several short articles describing the events for the website. Attending events at HEC was one of the highlights of my internship because it gave me so much back. It helped to enhance a variety of important skills and challenged me to step a little further out of my comfort zone each time.
I also had the chance to work with students to develop the ‘Student Societies’ page on the website, encouraging prospective and current students to get involved with the wide range of clubs. This work encouraged me to push myself and develop stronger communication skills as well as giving me the chance to be more creative.
In addition to enriching experiences, I was fortunate to have a very welcoming and supporting team to work with who helped me in numerous ways. I am now beginning the final year of my degree, but I will always be grateful for the opportunities I had as an intern at HEC, and look forward to building further upon what I learnt whilst there.