Shannon McCalmont, 2nd year studying Marketing
I just finished up my freshman year and this summer I am interning at Puma in Singapore through the Fisher Global Internship Program. My internship is in the field of Brand Marketing. My main task is to work with Puma Singapore’s social media influencers and brand ambassadors in Singapore. I help them pick out Puma gear to wear in their posts, help them write copies for their posts, and I also do research into finding more people to join the influencer team. Working in Singapore has been an amazing experience. Singapore is one of the most developed, advanced, and booming places in the world that is also so full of rich, Asian culture. Understanding the fashion and fitness market here and getting to look at the trends happening on the complete other side of the world has been so insightful. All of my coworkers have been so kind, welcoming, and I am learning so much from them everyday. I am so excited to bring my new perspectives and everything I have learned back to the United States.
Will Hofner, 2nd year studying Data Analytics with a minor in Business
I had the incredible opportunity to complete an eight week internship for Marken, a subsidiary of UPS, in Singapore over this Summer through the Fisher Global Internship Program. My official title is ‘business analytics intern,’ but I have gained experience in a number of different departments and teams, including operations, logistics, project management, quality control, and event planning. I’ve gotten the opportunity to work on a couple long-term projects, including automating their sales reporting process and monthly sales breakdown and analysis, and got to head my own project involving optimizing the shipping patterns for the reverse logistics of their reusable packaging inventory. Additionally, I work heavily with Visual Basic, and have been able to take part in client-facing sales and M&A meetings with UPS upper-management. As this is my first internship, it has helped me learn the inner-workings of a branch, the growing reliance on technology for every industry, the complications and challenges that come with a merger, and how business operates on a global scale. On another note, I highly recommend Singapore as a work destination through SGIP or post-graduation. It is a fascinating city, but more importantly, all of Southeast Asia is SO accessible. There are budget local airlines that can take you all around Thailand, Vietnam, Bali, Cambodia, and anywhere else you would want to go for a fraction of the cost of a US flight. Swimming with elephants in Thailand, partying in Bangkok, ATVing in Cambodia, and exploring Malaysia with 16 other AKPsi brother have been some highlights.
Songyeon Lim, 3rd year studying Industrial and Systems Engineering with a minor in Business
This summer, I spent two weeks consulting at a retail social enterprise called Baby Friendly in Cape Town, South Africa through Fisher’s Non-Profit Global Projects Program. My time in South Africa was unforgettable, from all the history and culture I was able to experience, to the small impact I was able to make through my project. The scope of my project was to help Baby Friendly with re-branding, budgeting/forecasting and raising capital, so that the entrepreneur could begin her initiative for starting her own factory. The factory would allow her to hire unemployed women, since the unemployment rate in South Africa reaches 27%. In addition to working, I was able to explore many of the country’s attractions, such as Table Mountain, Boulders Beach, Cape of Good Hope, Bo-Kaap, Robben Island, V&A Waterfront and more.
Myles Jackson, 3rd year studying Finance
Working in Cape Town, South Africa was an experience much better than I could’ve imagined. My group and I consulted for Zandile Tlhapi, an entrepreneur who started Baby Friendly, the first baby shop in Khayelitsha which is the largest township in Cape Town. By selling less expensive, quality baby clothes and accessories to those in her community, her mission is to employ women who may have been discriminated against in the workplace as she had. Our group worked to expand Baby Friendly’s market, restructure finances, and budget for the company’s first factory. It was amazing to see that we were able to have a significant impact on the company, even though we were only contributing for short period. In our spare time, we were also able to explore the great city of Cape Town. Seeing tourist attractions such as Table Mountain and the Cape of Good Hope were awesome, but my favorite experiences were by far hearing about the history and culture of Cape Town firsthand from the people that live there.
Caroline Bentlage, 4th year studying Marketing with a minor in Design Thinking
I am currently consulting for Auckland Transport in Auckland, New Zealand. My team and I are working in Customer Central, where I am assigned to the Share the Paths exploration sprint. I am using design thinking to encourage users to bike and walk to work instead of traveling by cars. Aside from working at Auckland Transport, we have been able to explore the island on the weekends. So far, my favorite trips have been to Waiheke Island and Queenstown.
Dominic Julian, 2nd year studying Finance with minors in Engineering Sciences and Business Analytics
This summer I had the incredible opportunity to intern with Auckland Transport in New Zealand through the Fisher Global Consulting Firm. As someone who had never been out of the country, it was truly an eye-opening experience and I loved every second of it. My fellow students and I worked in the Customer Central division, and I had the chance to work on a multidisciplinary team comprised of members from PwC, EY, and the Auckland Transport Customer Central division. Together, we conducted interviews and comprised metrics and statistics to best gauge the success of newly implemented payment methods for AT. This, along with working with the analytics department, allowed me to learn so much about how different sections of a business work together to produce a final successful product/service. The people we met in New Zealand were amazing and I am very grateful for this extraordinary experience!
Brady Tinnin, 2nd year studying Economics with minors in Political Science and Business
This May, I had the opportunity to work for the Playing for Change non-profit foundation in Tamale, Ghana. Prior to this trip, I had never left America, and grew up in essentially the same bubble all my life. During the trip, my team and I developed a business plan for a recording studio at the Bizung School of Music and Dance. This included building a website for the recording studio and raising over $1000 to help renovate it to increase its value. Working in this place was an absolute pleasure; it was an eye-opening experience that taught me more about other cultures, business, and myself. I found a new appreciation for what I have and am thankful for the culture shock I experienced while I was there. I hope that with time the studio will grow and more people can discover that special place in Tamale. Aside from working, my team and I had the opportunity to travel throughout Ghana, visiting different cities, embarking on a safari, touring castles, and more. These experiences showed me more of what the world has to offer, and I am grateful that I was able to be a part of such an amazing experience.
Soli Collins, 3rd year studying Finance with a minor in Innovation & Entrepreneurship
This past Month, I’ve had the opportunity to work within Deloitte’s Digital Factory as a Consulting intern. I’ve been working alongside three other Ohio State students creating meaningful commercial decks for Deloitte’s clients, designing the layout structure for their online databases, and building successful product portfolios to highlight their different assets. Throughout my time here, I have been able to develop skills within UX and UI design frameworks, lean sprint methodologies, and robotic intelligence automation. Not only is the work engaging and challenging, but I have been able to implement my ideas and make a real impact in the company. Aside from my work weeks, I have been able to explore the beautiful corners of Paris and truly undergo the Parisian experience. Stuffing my face with 1 euro baguettes and tasteful pastries was a daily occurrence and definitely a highlight of my time here. Some of my favorite moments were sitting atop the hill on Montmartre, looking out onto the breathtaking view of Paris and roaming the streets of Chatlet les halles, filled with lively restaurants and trendy vintage shops. Working abroad allowed me to get a deeper understanding of global business, network and create lasting connections within Deloitte, and further my individual and professional growth. It was an experience like no other and I would highly recommend it if you have the opportunity.
Claire Anderson, 3rd year studying International Business and Philosophy
After beginning my studies of the French language in 6th grade, I fell in love with the culture and it quickly became one of my lifelong dreams to live in France and become fluent in the language. This summer, I am fulfilling that dream. Inspired by AKPsi brother Brad Herndon, I decided to become an au pair for a family of three in Aix-en-Provence. Lennie is the adorable nine year-old I am in charge of from May to August. She speaks to me in English and I speak to her in French so we can learn from each other. At times, it has been difficult because my language skills are intermediate, and the father speaks no English whatsoever. But once immersed in the language completely, I notice myself beginning to follow along with quick-speaking radio announcers and television commercials with more and more ease. Lennie is still in school until mid-June so during the day I spend a lot of time in downtown Aix which is less than a ten minute drive from their house. I have been lucky enough to find English-speaking friends within my first week of living here, so I usually see them while I’m in Aix or I find a coffee shop where I read or journal for a bit until I pick Lennie up from school in the evening. I am responsible for making sure her homework gets done, the house is in order, and entertaining Lennie until her father comes home. That being said, I have a lot of free time and autonomy to learn and explore on my own, for which I am incredibly grateful.
Hudson Hall, 2nd year studying Finance with a minor in Spanish
According to the Nepal Labor Force Survey, for every 100 males in the working-age population, there are 125 females, yet for every 100 employed males, there are only 59 employed females. This past May, I had the opportunity to travel to Kathmandu, Nepal with a team of students through The Fisher College of Business and consult for a social enterprise called Aatmiya, that is working to address this inequality. Aatmiya strives to provide dignified jobs, living wages, and an uplifting work environment for their women artisans who hand craft yoga accessories, bags, as well as baby and dog toys. My team was able to work directly with the director, Seitu Hada, and also with the artisans in order to strive towards their main goal- creating more jobs for more women. Our focus was on reaching out to potential clients, developing their online presence, making a catalog of their products, content creation, and helping to plan and market their exhibition at the New York Now trade show this August. Overall, it was a great opportunity to develop practical skills, experience a new culture, and to invest in an organization with a great cause.
Mollie Pinckney, 3rd year studying Marketing & Business Analytics
I am doing an Education Abroad and I have been able to travel to the Netherlands, Denmark, and Sweden! Through this Sustainability Lab that has allowed me to visit KPMG, IKEA, AkzoNobel, Sustainalytics, and CEPOS I have been learning about the links between sustainability and business in foreign countries! Each country operates in a different way, and their goals vary drastically from one to another. I have loved the opportunity to see and hear how businesses across the world are actively working toward saving the planet — and now I can bring some solutions back to the States! Being abroad has been an experience of a lifetime, and I can’t wait to continue!
Sarah Laubach, 2nd year studying Marketing
This summer I spent the month of May working for BMW in Stockholm, Sweden through the Fisher Global Consulting Firm. I worked as part of a team of four on a customer journey analysis project. We worked as an independent unit within the office, focusing on conducting internal interviews to collect an understanding of the pains and gains of each department, and how that relates to the customer journey as a whole. The entire experience has been so amazing, I’ve learned so much! I was given a chance to create real work in a huge corporate setting, which is rare for a Freshman year internship. The city of Stockholm is incredible, there’s always something to do no matter where we go, and all the people are so welcoming. Being abroad has been such an enriching experience, I can’t wait for my next adventure!