For many years AMSI has been offering marketing, accounting and property management internships to young people from all over the world. Every intern had an impact on the daily business and has become a part of the AMSI family. We were wondering about their reasons to go abroad. Moreover what their overall experience is and how they benefit from taking their internship at AMSI.
In today’s We Ask The Interns we introduce you to Chloe, an International Business student from France who joined AMSI San Francisco for a marketing internship.
My name is Chloe Lecuyer, I have been a marketing intern at AMSI for two and a half month now. I came to San Francisco because I heard a lot about this city back in France. San Francisco is known as a must-see city in France. It’s known as a city with a story, a legacy and a soul so important that you have to discover it. Furthermore I heard a lot from the former interns of AMSI who talked about their great experience over there. This is why I took the opportunity to discover this gorgeous city and become a part of the AMSI family.
Working for AMSI was at first a bit daunting because I did my previous internship in very small family-run company. AMSI on the contrary, is a pretty important and well-established organization in San Francisco. I was very glad though to see that AMSI gives a really warm welcome to every single intern, which really matters for a newbie at the beginning to feel comfortable and useful for the company. Moreover, despite the worldwide economic crisis the real estate market is a pretty dynamic and important sector in Europe as well as in the United States. It’s a field that generates a lot of profits and offers me the possibility to evolve. This is why it was so interesting and rewarding to work with AMSI; the real estate market characteristics differ a lot depending on the country in regards to legislation and market regulation. To this extent, San Francisco is the best city ever to learn the most about real estate.
Through my internship with AMSI I have learned a lot, and grew professionally and personally. On the one hand, I learned a lot about the American corporate culture. I like the way that the American people give value to team work and give feedback every time you complete a task. Also, the company hierarchy is present but not as strict and rigid as it would be in Europe. Americans pay attention to their employee’s point of view before making a decision. In addition, communication has a big part in the process. I also learned to respect deadlines and to be serious at work. If you work hard and deliver something good, people will trust you, assign you more projects and you will be able to evolve in the most efficient way in a company. On the other hand, I learned to be more independent and to work by myself, especially the feedback that I got helped me to grow professionally and personally. I got to the understanding that you have to take risk to learn more and grow. At first it was scary to leave my country and travel that far, but now I know that I made the right decision. You just have to always push yourself and be ambitious to reach your goals.
I was pretty surprised to so quickly fit in and feel at easy in San Francisco. I felt at ease sooner than I thought I would and I actually like the American lifestyle a lot, especially the one in California. Indeed, this country is a picture of freedom for me. People here are free to express their personality, to dress the way they want to, to quit their job when they feel the need to. This might sound silly for Americans, but for a French person it is kind of surprising in a good way. Appearances matter a lot in France and you have to fit in to be taken seriously professionally speaking. In France, people are usually restricted by some contracts and agreements that I feel not good for people’s personal development.
Thus, I will come back home with an open-minded spirit and the idea of either coming back to the US to work or maybe finding a job within an American firm in Europe. I fell in love with the American corporate culture and their atmosphere at work. I will most definitely carry on travelling to discover many other cultures and lifestyles as I think it is the most rewarding and strongest experience I have ever had.
– Chloe Lecuyer
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