ND Internship Sao Paulo -Pt.1

Having lived in Mexico, Panama and the United States was no preparation to the complexity of life that awaited me in Sao Paulo, Brazil. My freshman year abruptly came to a close, and not more than 2 weeks had passed when I found myself sitting in a plane going to a foreign country with a foreign language, trying to immerge myself in a foreign culture. Sao Paulo, being Brazil’s largest city, is buzzing with life. The Sunday I arrived, the city welcomed me with the LGBT community protesting for their rights in the streets bordering where my apartment was located. I was very excited and nervous as I met Joshua Kempf, the CEO of Gaveteiro and Notre Dame alumn, who lead me to the apartment that would become my home for the next 7 weeks.

Acting as the middleman between retailers and manufacturers, Gaveteiro has positioned itself in Brazil’s industrial business offering over 7,000 products to their clients. Given that I just declared my major to be Chemical Engineering, I was placed in the Technology Department and my first project has been to create an algorithm in Rodeo (an IDE for Python) that can be uploaded to the new Gaveteiro website. The code compares all the orders of each client, and is able to provide product substitutes based on the brand. In this way, the website will be able to include possible suggestions clients can choose from in the case their specific product is not available at the moment.

Learning Rodeo has been tough, however, it wasn’t just work that was challenging, but also the additional day-to-day activities that come along with it. The first week was without a doubt the hardest. The two other girls who would be interning with me (Catarina who is also an ND student and Veronica who is from UM) would not arrive until later and I had to embrace living alone for some time. Buying house supplies, going grocery shopping, getting cellular data, figuring out transportation systems (all tagged along with a language barrier) was an enigma I had to quickly decipher. Once Catarina arrived to the apartment, although there was still a lot to figure out, it was a whole different experience. On the weekend we were able to visit one of Brazil’s major avenues called Avenida Paulista as well as go into the MASP (The Art Museum of Sao Paulo). We have also been able to try Brazilian gastronomy indulging in brigadeiros and eating at very well-known restaurants.

Jilian Michaels once said, “Get comfortable being uncomfortable.” I was put and still am in a position out of my comfort zone yet adapting more and more as the days go by. And it is in this way that, thanks to SIBC, that so far these two weeks have been challenging yet eye-opening.

Maria Veronica Marquez

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Logo and Entrance to the Company

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Gaveteiro Warehouse

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Visit to the MASP

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Walking around Avenida Paulista

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Traditional Brigadeiros

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Internship Sao Paulo 2016 – Pt. 1

Hello! My name is Catarina Daltro, I’m a rising junior and I’m from Sao Paulo, Brazil (but really I lived around South America my whole life). I started a week late because of a ND summer abroad program I was doing that overlapped the internship, but now I’m ready to start working. This summer I’m back in Sao Paulo for an internship with am e-commerce start-up. There is another ND students interning here with me (Veronica) and one more girl from another university (also Veronica) who will be arriving this week. For seven weeks we’ll be working at a company co-founded by a ND alum that sells office materials online to businesses.

 

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*This is the warehouse of the company, they do their own deliveries so everyday we see trucks heading out with purchases.*

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*This sign is posted by the door I go through everyday to get to my desk!*

Our first week was pretty busy. During the first two days I focused on learning how to use their marketing analysis programs, primarily Google Analytcs and AdWords. Once I got the hang of it, some problems in their set up were pointed out and my assignment was to try to find solutions that will make the analysis more comprehensive. By the end of the week I was able to solve one of the main issues they had, I created a connection between the Google searches that were being made, the page that it took them to and how often that lead them to fill out a form to get a price estimate. It was very satisfying to see that the hard work I put in during the week was able to generate something useful for their analysis.

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*This is the work im doing with the marketing department, we can now report on the Google searches that are leading consumers to the website.*

Besides work, there has been a lot to adapt to. Veronica and I have never lived in an apartment (besides the dorms) so we have had to figure out how to make dinner, do sufficient groceries to last a week and how to fix the Wi-Fi when it goes down. This weekend we were able to explore a little bit of Sao Paulo. We walked around Paulista on Saturday and saw a few stores and malls in the street. We also got a chance to stop by the MASP (Sao Paulo Museum of Art), they had a very interesting temporary exhibit about children in different parts of Brazil.

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*The MASP is located very close to where were staying so we had a chance to explore it this weekend. There was artwork from artists from Brazil and around the world. *

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*Although it’s winter here in Brazil there is still some sun so we enjoyed walking around Paulista. As you can probably tell from the lack of parkas this so called winter is nothing compared to what we have at ND…

–Catarina Daltro