Internship Takes Student to Austria

Posted on: October 20, 2014

Spencer Taylor mainName: Spencer Taylor
Hometown: Kalamazoo, Mich.
Major: Media and Information
Graduation Date: May 2015
Company: YPR All Access
Location: Vienna, Austria
Amount of time at internship: Sept. 5-10, 2014

What do you feel helped you in obtaining this internship?
This internship was given to me by a health and wellness company based out of Arizona. They flew a friend and I out to Austria to film a global convention that works directly with young professionals. In November 2013, we created a YouTube channel, and after the traction we gained, the CEO of the company had us come out and film a couple corporate videos.

Why did you choose this internship?
I chose this because I finally had an excuse to get to Europe! Traveling is my passion and when I get to interact with other cultures and people, I get extremely passionate about my work. This allowed me to become immersed in a brand new culture for a short four-day trip that will leave a lasting impact.

What were your responsibilities?
My responsibilities included networking with other like-minded young entrepreneurs, filming the culture behind the scenes of the convention, and the production of our first two corporate videos featured on the YouTube channel we created.

What did you contribute to this internship?
My contribution came in the form of all the technical aspects behind the camera. I shot and composed all of the video material and made sure the interests of international crowds were captured by our films.

What has this internship taught you?
This internship taught me more than I can describe. It taught me how to be spontaneous with my work, how to interact with new cultures, and how to carry myself in an extremely professional manor at a young age. These are life skills that I will carry with me for a lifetime while representing Michigan State University.

What new skills do you believe you have acquired from this internship?
Punctuality, responsibility, professionalism, dedication, production skills, networking, teamwork, etc. The list could go on forever. I'm amazed by what four days in a different country can do.

What has been/was your favorite part of this internship and why?
My favorite part of the internship had to be the spontaneous nature of how I received it. I was made aware of the opportunity to go to Austria one day prior to the start of the convention. I got the call asking if I would like to go, of course I wanted to, and quickly jumped on the opportunity. My flight left the next day at 10 a.m. from Detroit so I had to rush three hours north to get my passport and back. My trip went from Detroit to D.C., D.C. to JFK, JFK to Dublin, then Dublin to Vienna.

In what way did your MSU education prepare you for this internship?
My MSU education shined the most with my interaction with different cultures. Being on one of the largest, most diverse campuses in the world teaches you a plethora of interaction skills. I felt like I was prepared to interact with different races and cultures because I am exposed to that right here in Michigan all the time.

How do you feel this internship has helped prepare you for your career?
After this experience, I am now much more in tune to the world around me. My options have opened up to help by uniting the world and disregarding race. This movement that I have been a part of has been a phenomenal experience and we are just getting started. I now have a blueprint in the making to truly go out and change the world by creating a score of young successful entrepreneurs globally. I have never been one to shy away from a challenge. This experience has taught me to reach even further than the stars.

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