14 Jul 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
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 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.