Looking Back on Berlin

The first week of my IIP program largely consisted of in-country orientations. During this time we did some tours of Berlin, saw some iconic monuments and learned some of the German language. I also began to get to know the other people in the program. The few days we had for orientation went by very…

Berlin Cultural Contexts

Throughout the duration of this trip I have had to use context clues very regularly to navigate even the simplest of daily situations.  Upon arriving in Berlin I quickly discovered that, besides the language, the culture here is not too different from the culture in the United States. This allowed me the assimilate quickly and…

Professional Success in Germany

Over the past eight weeks I have gotten a pretty good look into the German culture.  I have been able to see the differences and similarities between German and American culture as well as the intricacies and subtleties of life in Germany.  Thanks to my weekend travels I have seen how German culture varies across…

A Different Type of Workplace

With only two weeks left in my internship I am doing everything I can to soak up the experience as much as possible.  I want to get as much out of it as I can both for my own personal sake, since this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I want to fully…

Evolving Leadership

My leadership style before coming on this trip was largely situational.  I would lead differently depending on the situation, people involved and their personalities, the tasks at hand and how I felt it would be best for me to respond.  Of the five major leadership styles (autocratic, laissez-faire, transformative, participative, and transactional) I have favored…

How Pitt Prepared Me for Berlin

Before arriving in Berlin I did not know exactly what to expect.  For trips like this I like to do all necessary preliminary research but I prefer to not weigh myself down with too many expectations. Instead, I’d rather take the experiences as they come and appreciate the environment around me.  It did not take…

After Almost a Month

After living in Berlin for a little over 3 weeks now I have really begun to find a rhythm in my daily life.  At first I was discovering the city, figuring out how to navigate, finding where everything is, and trying to experience all that the city has to offer.  After going through this initial…

Finding My Place in the Office

This job is unlike any that I have worked before.  I have worked several places.  I began by working as a lifeguard where the job description was pretty straightforward.  I had to go through an extensive training program to be certified as a lifeguard which prepared me for any emergency circumstances and besides that the…

Managing My Time

After a week of working for my company I am beginning to get more comfortable with my work. Gramercy uses several different management and communication platforms that I have had to become familiar with.  Some did not take long, however, learning how to manage google ads accounts and use Facebook manager took a little more…