At the beginning of this journey, our CAPA Internship program instructor for the Remote Global Business Institute program asked us to choose three words that described our emotions before jumping into the program. Although it took a bit of time for me to put my feelings into writing, the three words that I related to the most were:
These words resonated with me because of a variety of reasons. One reason is that this CAPA internship was my first internship experience with a proper company. Secondly, I realized that I was balancing many commitments that included 15 credits of schoolwork, a 20-hour internship, and a part-time job. Thirdly, I was excited to finally jump into the world of finance and apply the knowledge I learned in the classroom to the real world. However, now that I am close to completing my internship, I am now relating to these three words that were discussed in our last CAPA Internship program class:
Following my experience with Venture Business Research (Clean Energy Pipeline), I feel confident to say that I have grown as a professional and as a global citizen. Being the only native English speaker on my team, I had to adapt and learn how to communicate more clearly and effectively to ensure my message was not misconstrued. I believe this skill can be easily transferable into other internships and my future career. Additionally, I feel like I accomplished a significant amount of work and learned extensively about the renewable energy sector through my time with Clean Energy Pipeline.
These words that I related to at the beginning and end of the CAPA internship program signify two very different Dylans. The first Dylan was a very nervous, curious person that wanted to make the make the most out of his experience in his Coronavirus sophomore year but was not sure if this experience was right for him. However, the second Dylan (currently) is very confident in his abilities and cannot wait to apply the skills he has learned to future endeavors and projects. Doing this word activity at the beginning and end of the internship program helped me put into perspective the changes that occurred in my work style, habits, and motivation. The hard and soft skills I have gained from this experience have convinced me that I can do anything I put my mind to.
The role I played as a Business Finance Research Intern had consisted of many different tasks that were both challenging and rewarding. For example, I had never worked with a company’s personal database before. Being a part of the information that gets uploaded and displayed to their clients on their website was a very rewarding experience. I felt like I was making a real impact on their company and they were appreciating my work. Another responsibility I had, was conducting project valuations with DCF models that worked with real world data and had a significant impact on the company and their clients. I was very excited to be able to do quantitative research and application for the first time, and I was satisfied with work I produced.
In my opinion, I could not have asked for a better first internship experience than with Clean Energy Pipeline. Although I was apprehensive about doing this internship program, I believe it was the best decision for me to take to combat the negative effects of the job market during Covid-19. GBI is great for students looking to join a company abroad and dive into the work culture of that location, while also developing professional skills of global competency, communication, time management, and many others. I can’t wait to explore more study abroad options at Pitt, and hopefully visit London in the future!