A big component of my semester in London is my international internship at Sunnylife. Although I was nervous in the moment, I am now appreciative of the fact that I interviewed with my company prior to arriving in London. I felt significantly more comfortable and excited after just one Skype call with two members of the marketing team. They sent me the brand deck in advance, and being able to read more about the company and have a discussion with them led to an easier transition into my internship. Here is a quick glimpse at Sunnylife, taken from the brand story: “Conceived on the beaches of Sydney, the brand was established with a simple goal: to share Australia’s authentic summer style with the rest of the world. Today our products can be found on beaches, in pools and at sun drenched holiday destinations across the globe.”
Thankfully, my coworkers did a great job at making me feel comfortable when I first started my internship. It was made known to me early on that it was okay, even welcomed, for me to ask questions. It did take a few weeks to let some of the nerves slide and to start to show my personality. As the weeks have passed, I have become more involved in discussions and feel as though I am able to make jokes and ask non-invasive questions about my coworkers’ personal lives. The biggest challenge has been developing a defined role in the office, which never had interns prior to this semester. I was completing miscellaneous tasks for the first two weeks or so while the marketing team was busy elsewhere with trade shows. Additionally, two people from the office have left the company while I have been here, so some roles had to be reassigned. Now that I have a few more weeks under my belt, though, my role as the marketing intern has become a lot more clear. I work on regular tasks like managing samples, inputting data, and sending imagery, as well as more creative jobs like merchandising our showroom.
One tip I would offer to future students transitioning into an internship abroad is to not shy away from asking questions. It is important to take your time and ensure a full understanding of your tasks… observing different members of your team can help with this as well. It is also a good idea to stay open minded about taking on new responsibilities, as you might discover something you really enjoy doing. Finally, be sure to prioritize organization, because this will lead to increased time management capabilities and therefore less stress while abroad!