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My summer internship: Grace Fritz

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Each summer, students of the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics gain valuable professional-level experience through internships. In 2021, young scientists were able to navigate the complications of the COVID-19 pandemic by pursuing a range of internships, externships, and other professional development opportunities. Each profile in this series will describe a Lerner student’s experiences working on business-oriented projects.

Grace Fritz, part of the Class of 2023, is a double major Operations and Marketing Management with a minor in Entrepreneurship. She spent the summer of 2021 as a marketing intern at the World Trade Center Institute.

Q: How did you find out about this training? Why did you choose it?

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Fritz: shake hand. The job description matches whatever you are interested in gaining experience with. The World Trade Center Institute (WTCI) also has a good reputation and I thought it was a great opportunity to learn more about global business from such a wonderful organization.

Q: Has the coronavirus pandemic affected your search for training and work experience? If so, how?

Fritz: Unfortunately, I was away all summer, but was still able to get the same experience acquiring skills and interacting with the WTCI community. I will also be called back in March to help out with an upcoming event that has been postponed from September due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Q: What did you learn from this training that you think you would not have learned elsewhere?

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Fritz: The most valuable experience I gained was from this global perspective. I learned a lot about how businesses interact within the larger international community as well as the local Baltimore area of ​​Maryland. Having been able to experience this from one of the most respected and famous organizations, the World Trade Center Institute, I don’t think I would have had that experience elsewhere.

Q: What is the most exciting task or project you have done or are currently doing in your role?

Fritz: I am grateful for my experience working on print materials for the Maryland International Business Leadership Awards. I worked with Adobe Creative Cloud Programs to help develop print materials for various aspects of this event. This was the most exciting task because I knew that the work I was doing was critical to the smooth execution of the event.

Q: What is an example of a time when you were able to apply what you learned at Lerner to your role?

Fritz: Communication was a huge thing that I was able to bring to this instructable from Lerner. Through Lerner, I was able to learn a lot about communicating in different ways. I was able to communicate with my managers in the marketing department but I was also able to communicate effectively with others in different departments in order to achieve the goals and tasks that were at hand.

Q: How do you think this training will help you achieve your career goals?

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Fritz: This experience has been so amazing because it made me confident in the other roles I might play. I have been able to learn many skills that will allow me to succeed in future roles. I think the learning curve would be much easier for me due to this previous background. I also know that all the skills and experience I gained from this training will allow me to stand out among other employers.

Q: What are your plans or next steps in your career once your internship is over?

Fritz: Since this internship in Marketing was my second internship, I would like to pursue more opportunities related to other areas of my academic interest. Being a dual major, I am currently pursuing opportunities that focus on Operations Management so that I can gain more experience in this field. I also believe that my marketing organization is strong and I will be able to apply much of what I have already learned in the areas of operations.

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