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Bluethmann ’22: The International Center

Drew Bluethmann ’22: This summer,I had the pleasure of working at The International Center in Indianapolis. I experienced some challenges during my time at The International Center,but ultimately,I prevailed in having a great experiencewith great people. I am excited to share this experience in the future when I advance in my career.

The intern cohort at The International center started the internship online in mid-May. Beginning this way disappointed andchallenged mebecause I am a social person. But I was well prepared for remote work because of my experiences post-spring break. Beginning in late June, I started going to the office twice a week. This opportunity added to my experiences working in an office while breaking up the work week and preventing the monotony of remote work.

At The International Center,I worked in the Programs and Services Department. The International Center acts “as a catalyst for international growth and as a guide to the world’s cultural landscape.” The main ways the Programs and Services Department approaches thismissionis through relocation services and educational programming. However, my internship mostly focused on market research and prospect research. So I researched and looked for potential clients in Indiana who would requireour services, i.e., programing or relocation services.

On one project this summer, I compiled data on prospective clients in Indiana by looking at data using the Import-Export bank of The United States. Using this source, it was easy for me to see which companies Indiana are the most active in the international market place.This summer, I also fell back on the skills I learned as a writer for The Bachelor. I researched and wrote a section of a “digital destination guide.” This guide is a resource for immigrants who
move to Indianapolis. The section that I wrote focused on leisure activities in the area like parks, concert venues, and museums.
 
On one project this summer, I compiled data on prospective clients in Indiana by looking at data using the Import-Export bank of The United States. Using this source, it was easy for me to see which companies Indiana are the most active in the international market place.This summer, I also fell back on the skills I learned as a writer for The Bachelor. I researched and wrote a section of a “digital destination guide.” This guide is a resource for immigrants who
move to Indianapolis. The section that I wrote focused on leisure activities in the area like parks, concert venues, and museums.

My experience was remarkable and unforgettable. I enjoyed working with my supervisor Ashley Eason, Wabash College Alumnus Garth Eberhart, and everyone else The International Center, who made my experience fantastic. I look forward to seeing where this experience takes me.