Before I start my last blog post, I’d like to thank a few people who made this internship possible. Thanks to SIBC, more specifically the VP of internships Pedro Suarez, faculty advisor Monica Laidig, and SIBC benefactor Frank Potenziani. And thank you to Vince Owen and Tony Smith of Mobell, who reached out to Notre Dame this past year to make this internship possible, all the way from the UK. These past two months have given me invaluable experience from both a personal and professional standpoint, and I am forever thankful to have been chosen for this opportunity.
Hi all, my name is Eric Liang and I’m finally coming home from Staffordshire, England after doing a 2 month internship with Mobell Communications. These 9 weeks have gone by faster than I expected, so here are some final thoughts on my experience.
1. The end
It’s finally the end of my two months in Europe, and I can’t think of anything better than this internship that I could have done this summer. When I first arrived in the UK, the first week went by very slowly – It seemed like there wasn’t enough to do around the office. But time quickly went by as I got more involved in my work, and today I can’t believe it’s already been two months.Work wise, there wasn’t much that had changed from my last blog post. CasCAID is still tabled so I worked on satellite phone guides and reviews during my last few weeks. In the end, the company performed better in June/July of this year than last, so hopefully our work here reflects some of that success.
Over the past two months Vince and Tony from Mobell have taught me so much about running a small business. Although I don’t have similar aspirations to start a company from the ground up, the skills I learned from them are invaluable. The head at Krizevac, Zoe Kasiya, has taught me everything I’d ever need to know about running a successful charity, and getting companies to help sponsor/donate items.
2. Outside the Office
These past few weeks have been the most hectic outside the office. The first week I went down to London to see the Scottish band CHVRCHES at Somerset House. I waited 4 hours in line to be at the very front, and it was an absolutely amazing performance.
The next week Tony took us hiking. We disregarded the actual path going up the hill, and tony just took us directly up from the front. It was a pretty steep hike, and we saw a bunch of sheep along the way.
The same weekend I went down to the Windsor castle, Oxford, and Stonehenge. Although it was nice to see Stonehenge, it was about a 90 mile drive from London (about 150 miles from Staffordshire) to see the site with nothing else around for miles. Most people really enjoy it, but to me it really is just a bunch of rocks out in the middle of nowhere.
And finally, this past week was spent in France. One of the best things about living in Europe is the close proximity to all of the other countries, and the train ride from London to Paris was only 2 hours. I naturally did all the touristy things that everyone does, such as going to the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and Versailles.
I actually have a diversity of photos this time to show! It’s been a fun past few weeks.