The program I am participating in this year is a 10-month internship focused on international business, specifically between the U.S. and Mexico. This year, 16 recent graduates from the U.S. with backgrounds in business, economics or international relations were placed in various companies in Mexico City. Interestingly, of the 16 grantees, two are OU graduates, and a third is a Norman native. The companies we work in range from media startups to nonprofit consulting firms to major oil and gas companies. My internship is with a company called Victoria147, which offers classes and mentorship to female entrepreneurs in order to empower them to take their startups to higher levels of growth.
I am working primarily in data analysis for Victoria147. We are working to establish scalable data collection and management processes in order to better connect our entrepreneurs with mentors and investors. This will also help us analyze the impact our program has had on our entrepreneurs and make adjustments as necessary. Without a doubt, my undergraduate coursework at OU prepared me well for the job I am doing. In particular, Professor Wade’s Venture Capitalization course comes into play every day. I even used part of my checked bag weight allotment to bring that textbook with me, and I still refer to it at work.