PINC Alumni Reflections: Professional Development Abroad

PINC Alumni Reflections: Professional Development Abroad

Like many young people, soon after beginning college, I began to wonder and worry about where I was headed professionally and how I could best take advantage of the next for years to prepare for life after college. When I heard about PINC International in the spring of my freshman year from a sorority sister, I was immediately intrigued by what the program offered. The opportunity to travel to Madrid, immerse myself in the culture and language, and take part in professional development abroad seemed like a great one, and after speaking with Lisette on the phone, I decided that the 8-week internship program was what I wanted to do that summer.

Almost two years later, hardly a day goes by where I don’t think about the wonderful experience I had on the program, and how it has helped me grow professionally and personally since then.

PINC Professional Development Abroad PINC Networking Event

PINC Professional Development Abroad

From my wonderful mentor, Maria, whom I was paired with to meet up and talk with informally about her professional experience, to all of the inspiring women I got to know by attending PINC monthly meetings, to my internship placement at Spotahome, and the week of professional development workshops included in the program, there is not a doubt in my mind that my summer with PINC changed my life.

Becoming comfortable with being outside of my comfort zone and pushing myself to build relationships with people who I would otherwise not have laid the groundwork for the strong networking and interpersonal skills I have today.

PINC Alum with Mentor My mentor and me!

PINC Career Impact

Aside from learning hard skills like SEO and measuring user data, both during my internship and from PINC professionals, I learned the importance of taking risks and asking for help when you need it. When I returned to school in the fall, I was no longer afraid to reach out to and follow up with recruiters and professionals at networking events, which has resulted in more professional opportunities than I could have imagined. Plus, having work experience from abroad is always a great conversation starter in an interview or informal conversation!

In leveraging all of the resources that PINC provided me and continues to provide through its Alumnae network, I successfully was able to complete a summer internship at a financial services company in New York last summer and am about to begin another summer internship at a technology company in San Francisco.

Two years later I am not only celebrating my successes, but also those of the other PINC ladies I did the program with. We still communicate regularly to keep each other updated. I can say beyond a doubt that aside from being ready to take the professional world by storm, after a PINC program, you’ll also have a lifelong group of female friends!

This article was contributed by PINC alumnus, Amanda Price. Amanda is a PINC internship alumna from 2015 and is currently a senior at Columbia University. She is a lover of books, technology, and travel.

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