Industry: International
Type of Internship: Administrative/Customer Service/Technical Support/HR
Student Name: Jonathan Adams
Graduation Year: 2020
Major: International Relations, Spanish
Minor: History
Position Title: Program Assistant
Hours: 36 hours per week
Paid or Unpaid: Paid, full-time

What do you do as an intern at this organization?

Depending on the day my tasks range from data entry in CRM software (logging member activity, registering event information, etc.) to event prep or research tasks. Since a large part of BAB's business is as a networking firm, I spend a decent share of my time working events, whether it be physically preparing for them (making name tags), creating content for panel discussions, or actively helping to run the event itself.

How did you find this internship?

BritishAmerican Business (BAB) is the head member of the British American Business Council in the USA; I discovered BAB through the BABC's online directory of their network. There was no official position listed, but I wrote a cover letter and emailed it to the managing directory of the office, a Tufts alumnus.

What do you enjoy most about your internship?

My supervisor is the kindest, most thoughtful and engaging co-worker ever, and she consistently checks in to make sure I'm learning new skills and getting what I desire out of the position. The benefit of BritishAmerican Business being a networking firm means that I get to meet hundreds of C-suite executives from nascent start-ups to global conglomerates, giving me a much broader understanding of who operates within the business world and what they do. Establishing such connections early on will prove indispensable for future job seeking.

What do you find challenging?

It is a small office, and my supervisor is in a newly created position, so work and projects are given to me piecemeal, meaning that I can go from having nothing to do for 2 hours to not leaving my desk for the whole day, depending on the day.

What advice would you offer to someone who wants to make the most of an internship like yours?

Be very clear with your supervisor about what you hope to gain from the internship. Come in prepared with which experience/skills you want to gain, and try to tailor it to best fit your needs while simultaneously being useful to the organization and fulfilling your duties as an intern. For example, my supervisor took me out to coffee twice (once at the beginning and once halfway through) to talk and make sure I felt the internship was running on the right track. In addition, don't just sit around waiting to be given tasks. Take initiative, whether that's asking to be brought in on projects or proposing ones of your own; the worst that can happen is they say no.

About the Organization

BritishAmerican Business
New York, New York

BritishAmerican Business is an exclusive members’ organization. We create networking opportunities for our members -- which often lead to business opportunities -- through the events and programming that we run, as well as the chance to meet and discuss policy with government representatives and NGOs. As a policy and advocacy organization we are the voice of transatlantic business; we support policies and action that will protect and enhance the environment for trade and investment between the US and UK through research, published reports and discussion with legislators and the executive branches of both governments.