Student Gains Experience in Global Environment

Students frequently gain work experience through internships, but Meredith’s Amanda Baity, ’13, has gone the extra mile by acquiring an internship in Germany.

Baity, a business administration major from Nags Head, N.C., is spending the 2010-11 academic year working as an internal communications intern at Texas Instruments (TI) in the company’s office in Freising, Germany.

At TI, Baity works with Meredith alumna Leesha Austin-Buehlmann, ’02, internal communications manager for EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) sales and marketing.

“Amanda supports me in our strategic charter of communicating TI’s business strategy and priorities to our employees so they understand and work toward them in their daily work,” Austin-Buehlmann said. “She often helps me create email communications, internal websites, videos and presentations. She also assists with event planning and organizing for activities such as employee roundtables, meetings and presentations.

Austin-Buehlmann wanted to offer this internship experience to a student at her alma mater. On a visit to Meredith, she met with the College’s Academic & Career Planning staff, who helped recruit Baity for the position.

“I had the idea that this would be a great work and international experience for a Meredith student.” Austin-Buehlmann said. “Our office in Germany includes employees from more than 40 different countries. English is the business language, but you’ll hear multiple languages as you walk through the halls.”

The internship’s location in Germany was appealing to Baity.

“I love to travel, and saw this as a perfect opportunity to do that while simultaneously getting practical work experience,” Baity said.

The experience has also helped Baity define her career plans.

“I feel like I have found my niche. Working in the Internal Communications Department has really strengthened my interest in the communication field,” Baity said. “Before I came to Germany, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my business major, but now I would like to do something with business communications. I also have a much better understanding of the work environment in a corporate company.”

While adjusting to a new culture in Germany was challenging at times, Baity encourages other students to follow her lead with an international internship.

“Don’t underestimate yourself. I never dreamed I would do something like this, but it has turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made,” Baity said. “Be open to the broad picture of what an international internship could bring. The experience is unforgettable. Go out and explore the world.”

Date Submitted: 2010-12-10

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