Braulio Ribeiro ’14
Major(s): INBM, Economics
Internship Site: CAMAR ENGENHARIA E CONSTRUÇÕES LTDA - Belo Horizonte, Brazil
In the beginning of January 2012, I decided that it was time for me to have my first working experience. So, I started to look for a summer internship back in Brazil. Because there are plenty of engineering and construction companies in Brazil looking for interns, I started to contact them. Many of the companies showed interest in having me as intern. However, after months trying to get the necessary paperwork, with helpful support from the Career Center, I got stuck on some bureaucracy from these big companies in Brazil. Nevertheless, I kept trying, and with the Career Center’s help, I found a smaller company that accepted me as intern.
I worked on typical accounting activities, such as the control of invoices, monitoring of material cost / purchase, Inventory Control and Monitoring ISO 9001 / PBQP-H. The control of invoices and Inventory control were my favorite activities, because I had studied these two activities at Dickinson. Thus I felt I was applying the knowledge already required at school.
I found that getting used to the work hours, workplace environment, and rules can be challenging at first. Especially because this was my first working experience and I was not adept at some vocabulary in Portuguese used often at work. Once I got used to the terms in Portuguese that I had already learned in English at school the job became easier. And it was a matter of time until I got used to the pace at work, likewise.
All my classes from the International Business & Management and Economics department prepared me well for this internship. But the class that I could apply the most at the internship was accounting, since I was working mainly on accounting activities for the company. Classes such as Managerial Decision Making and Finance also helped me because they focused on the use of Excel, which was the tool that I used the most at my internship.
This internship helped me to narrow down my choices for career. It also helped to know better the construction industry. Now, I know better what kind of industry and field I want to take a path in the future. Furthermore, it has been very important to have my first experience in the work market.
Tips from Braulio:
Networking is the best way to get an internship. Be open minded, stay updated with intern opportunities, and be determined to get an internship. Furthermore, tools like DickinsonConnect may prove to be very useful for students. Finally, do not forget to keep contact with alumni and your past coworkers.
*To find out more about how to get an internship, make an appointment with a career counselor. Just call the Career Center at 717-245-1740 or stop by Biddle House.