As an International Relations major I didn’t quite know what I was getting myself into when I accepted a Communications & Event Planning Internship at GBSN. My friends in the communications department scolded me for taking their jobs. Not only did I have limited exposure to communications, I didn’t know a thing about business education. I could have not been more pleasantly surprised by my experience here at GBSN. Over the past four months I have built strong friendships with the staff, making today a bittersweet farewell. I’ve always heard the stories of interns spending their days sharpening pencils and making coffee runs. Thankfully, I can say that I did honest work that I can be proud of; the staff gave me real responsibility and independence. During my time here I had the opportunity to work with everyone on various projects, each challenging me in a different way.
Nicole Zefran, my main supervisor, has taught me so much. I am thankful for her patients and guidance as I started off with almost zero knowledge of the administrative programs I was required to use. Together we’ve worked on the Thomas J. Bata Legacy Award, the Experiential Learning Summit in Cairo, the Corporate Social Responsibility Summit in Tampa, and the upcoming Annual Conference in the Philippines. All while maintaining the website and staying current on management education news.
I had an opportunity to branch out into logistics with Lisa Leander. Working on the DRIVES Belarus project, specifically the Babson Study Tour, we arranged all of the travel details for our Belarusian guests. From booking flights to securing ground transportation and even in country health insurance our background work ensured that the Belarusians visit moved along seamlessly. In addition to logistics I had an opportunity to explore my creative side by producing a graphic for the Center’s of Entrepreneurial Excellence, in Russian no less. Lisa was an absolute pleasure to work with and always offered sound guidance.
One of the great things about working at GBSN is that they have given me freedom to take on projects that I am interested in. This semester I was studying graphic design and enjoyed creating infographics. I worked under Page Buchanan’s guidance to create a graphic for GBSN. I had a lot of fun working on that project and I hope that they find a way to incorporate it into their future work.
Guy Pfeffermann was an absolute joy to work with. Although there were very few occasions where we worked on the same project, we always had a good chat. It was great to practice some of my French out of the classroom. I always felt that Guy had a genuine interest in how I was doing. I’m not sure I know of any CEO that has such a close relationship with their staff and interns. No doubt our friendship will continue past my time here at GBSN.
Thank you to the wonderful staff at GBSN for making my experience one to remember! I have learned so much and hope I get the chance to work with you again in the future.
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Brennon Thompson was the Communications & Event Planning Intern for GBSN. He is an incoming Junior at American University.