Name Madeline Elardo
Course BA in Business Studies and Spanish
Why did you want to do an internship?
I wanted to gain professional experience and insight into the business world allowing me to enhance my CV and improve my chances of getting a job. I was also interested in earning money to support myself during term time.
How did you find out about the placement and what was the selection process like?
I was made aware of the Career Development Centre and the various workshops and resources it offered. I attended a visit to the Enterprise-Rent-A-Car Head Office to hear about the challenges that Enterprise face in the current international business market, as well as their growth strategy.
I was invited to an assessment center which involved a group debate, a time management task, role play and an interview. After this, I was offered a 12 week internship.
Which department was the internship with? Who was your mentor?
My internship was in the rental department. I worked in the Stirling branch and my branch manager, Sharon Gibb, was my mentor. Sharon has been working for Enterprise for over eight years and has held various positions within the rental department, through several promotions. Learning from Sharon and working with her during my internship has allowed me to see the amount of passion she has for her career, as well as the amount of time and effort she puts into everything she does at Enterprise. Observing the way Sharon successfully operates her business, and being a part of that business, has been extremely inspiring and motivating for me, and an experience that I am sure will positively influence my own work ethic in any career I undertake.
What was the objective of the internship placement, and how long was it?
The objective was to gain hands-on experience and learn about sales, marketing, customer service, business management, and administrative support.
What was it like?
Interns at Enterprise are given the same responsibilities as the Management Trainees on the graduate program. My first few weeks were a bit overwhelming when I was learning about all aspects of the business. By the end of the 12 weeks, I was given the responsibility to train a Management Trainee who was just starting at our branch which was extremely rewarding.
How do you think it has it helped towards planning your future career?
This internship has made me realise that I enjoy working in sales, and now I hope to go into a sales position after I graduate. This internship did exactly what I had hoped it would, it gave me a better idea of which areas of business I enjoy the most! During my time at Enterprise I made sure to network with fellow colleagues and gained several important contacts.
What new skills did it give you?
I gained numerous skills from my internship with Enterprise with the key ones being customer service, sales, marketing, finance, and networking.
Do you have any recommendations or advice to give other students?
My advice to other students would be to apply for as many internship positions as possible, as early as possible, and not to get discouraged if you don’t hear back from a company after applying!