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INTERNSHIPS

In touch with the real world

We understand that real-world professional experience is fundamental within the field of business, and for that reason the Bachelor in Business Administration offers students the opportunity to complete internships with organizations worldwide.

You will acquire more than a year’s worth of professional experience, which is sure to help you stand out as you enter the job market and begin to establish yourself as a valued business professional. Our students have completed internships at Accenture, Santander, BBVA, Holcim, Everis, Essar, Ernst&Young, KPMG, Bank of China, McCann, and Telefonica, among many other prestigious global companies.

Philippine Domange

Salesforce, Dublin

Last summer, BBA student Philippine Domange chose an internship. She was selected to participate in the Salesforce Summer Internship in Dublin, where 15 interns from across Europe and the US were brought together for 10 weeks. Salesforce is a Customer Success Platform and world’s #1 CRM. According to their data, “it’s also the fastest growing of the top 10 enterprise software companies, the World’s Most Innovative Company according to Forbes, and one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For for six years running.”

 

Philippine has shared her experience with us, highlighting the importance of attending events and networking sessions to stay informed about opportunities.

Salesforce team in their Dublin office

“My experience at Salesforce allowed me to grow professionally and personally and to meet incredible people with stories to share and advice to give”

How did you find out about this opportunity and why were you interested in applying?

My interest was piqued in November 2016 at a conference with the theme “How to be more customer-centric” at the Google Campus in Madrid. After the talk, I met the speaker. I told her the job she was doing would be my dream job. She gave me her business card and we kept in touch. She told me to check for different internship opportunities at Salesforce on their website twice a month. She also gave me advice and answered all my questions. She became my “career mentor.”

 

And that’s how I found out about this internship opportunity. I was interested in applying for three main reasons: The company culture, the types of services Salesforce provides, and the fact that Salesforce is great at integrating cutting-edge innovation, and the internship description was very appealing, and the knowledge I gained from this mentor helped me understand the description fully.

 

What can you tell us about the internship experience?

The summer internship was based in Dublin, Salesforce’s EMEA headquarters. It lasted 10 weeks, from mid-June to the end of August 2017. There were 15 interns from around Europe and the United States. The program started with an introduction week. Then half of the group spent four weeks with the business development team and the other half was sent to different departments (marketing, strategy, employee success, finance, solution engineering, and sales). We then switched departments for the final four and half weeks.

 

We didn’t get to choose the departments we worked in, but the choice was made according to our experience. However, everyone, regardless of their background, spent one rotation with the business development team. For example, I worked with the solution engineering team first because of my specialization in digital business and big data with a non-tech background. I did my second rotation with the business development team.

 

The week when we switched from one department to the next was a key time in the internship. We had a side project that consisted of finding new sponsors for students living in a Kibagare slum, in Nairobi, Kenya. Each team presented their results in front of the EMEA president. We also participated in a day of volunteering, cleaning up the coast around Dublin and giving back to the community.

 

Thanks to my team mentors, I was able to integrate into each team quickly and work on projects with the objective of learning new tools and techniques. I really experienced the #ohana culture (“ohana” means family in Hawaiian) at Salesforce.

 

My experience at Salesforce allowed me to grow professionally and personally and to meet incredible people with stories to share and advice to give. I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity and if I were given the chance to do it again, I definitely would.

Salesforce team in a outing

“I was looking for an environment similar to IE University: diverse and multicultural”

What would you highlight about this internship experience?

The three things I would highlight about this experience would be that:

I learned something new every day. Learning is key at Salesforce. Every night before leaving the office, we had to fill out a form about what we did that day, what we learned, and the positive and negative aspects of the day. It helped me to quantify how much I learned, and see the progress I made over three months.

 

After four years at IE University, I realized how important it was for me to find a company that was a cultural hub. I was looking for an environment similar to the environment at IE University: diverse and multicultural. Salesforce is aligned with the values and culture I’m used to at IE University: strong culture, open mindset, and international backgrounds everywhere.

 

The best part of the internship was coming back to the university filled with energy, with great memories, and excited to share my experiences with my friends and family.

 

How do you feel your experience and/or the Talent and Careers Department helped you secure this position?

My IE University experience definitely helped me. At IE University I learned how to successfully work in teams and with people with diverse backgrounds and nationalities. I learned how to adapt to different groups and to optimally organize the team for productivity. I also had the chance to share my thoughts and ideas, presenting them in front of the class. I learned how to work and communicate in different languages at IE University. The ability to adapt to the person you’re having a conversation with is important; it makes exchanges friendlier and more successful. Also, when I was in my third year, I didn’t do an exchange program.

 

Instead, I decided to take electives in digital business and big data. This specialization helped me gain knowledge about the tech industry and stay up-to-date with the latest innovations. Talent and Careers helped me edit my CV so I could send an updated, clear application. They also helped me prepare for the interview with the Managing Director. We spent an hour reviewing questions and checking the notes I had prepared.

Andrea Castillo

McCann

Tell us about your internship. How was the recruiting process—steps, tests, interviews?

I sent my CV, and a few weeks later I received a call from HR and was asked to go to the offices to be interviewed. Days later, I was interviewed by the person who would end up being my boss, and overall the whole process was a very smooth one.

 

What types of projects did you work on?

I was an account executive trainee, so I mainly coordinated and supervised some of the campaigns that the agency was working on for the client I was working for (IKEA). By understanding the client’s needs, I worked together with other McCann creative staff members to produce successful local and national campaigns.

McCan’s headquarters office in Madrid.

“By understanding the client’s needs, I worked together with other McCann creative staff members to produce successful local and national campaigns.”

How do you think you benefited from this experience?

I think I learned not only how the advertising industry works, but also how important a company’s communication strategy can be, and that successful advertising campaigns take a long time to come to life since many entities can be involved in such processes.

 

What tips or advice would you give to other students applying for an internship?

I hope to work in Marketing or General Management for a company that can shape or be relevant in people’s lives.

 

What tips or advice would you give to other students applying for an internship?

I’d tell them that the most important thing they need to do is know what their future career aspirations are and what type of internship can help them be better prepared to get where they want to be in a few years. At the same time, I’d encourage them to be persistent through the whole process since sometimes it can be hard to get the type of internship you want when you have no previous experience.

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