December 02 2016
This week's #SoaringToSuccess story spotlights Lilly Burtner’17. As an international studies and business administration dual major, with concentrations in international business and European studies, Lilly spent her summer in Germany interning at a global medical and pharmaceutical device manufacturer.
Working in the communications department, Lilly quickly found ways to navigate through cultural and language barriers all while strengthening her passion for international business.
Let’s learn more from Lilly…
This past summer, I spent eight weeks interning in Germany for B. Braun Melsungen AG, a medical and pharmaceutical device manufacturer located in 63 countries worldwide. I was fortunate enough to land a position as a summer intern in the Corporate Communications and Knowledge Management (CC-KM) department at the global headquarters in Melsungen, Germany. Melsungen is a picture-perfect, quaint little town located in northern Hessen.
With my lack of knowledge with the German language, when I first arrived it was a rather overwhelming culture shock. I was not only able to adapt to the German culture, but also found a way to deal with the language barrier. The great part about working in the CC-KM department was the international outreach I had on a daily basis. As B. Braun is located in many different countries, the common business language is English. During my eight weeks in Germany, I became the unofficial personal translator for the entire department. My knowledge of the English language came in handy when reading press releases before they were sent to news sources.
My first project was helping with the set-up and visual presentations for the new B. Braun Visitor Center in Penang, Malaysia. I was able to sit in and interact on conference calls with the advertising agency and the team members in Penang discussing the presentation. Throughout the duration of my summer internship I was introduced to all of the teams in the CC-KM department including public relations, international relations, brand management, social media, corporate publishing. My final project was working with the corporate archives team developing the moving image guidelines. These are the guidelines that advertising agencies and internal personnel use to create movie clips or videos using the company’s branding strategies. My task was to implement the guidelines into the corporate website
If you asked me what I wanted to do after I graduate my answer has always been, “travel the world.” The question then expands to, “doing what?” Up until now, I have never had an answer.
Not only was I able to gain knowledge of international business settings, I was also able to travel to other European countries enhancing both my professional and personal growth. My experiences this summer gave me insight into the uncountable opportunities that multinational companies have to offer.
Auf Wiedersehen, Germany!