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Kyle Kinnie

Field: Marketing, Media, Sports

Majors: International Relations, History

Host: ITMS Marketing

Duration: 3 months in summer 2018

Job title: Marketing & Media Intern


Job description: Large multi-week projects that I contributed to included the Eurobike bike show in Friedrichshafen (one of the largest in the world), the BMW Berlin Marathon, and the Polish National Foundation. My daily routine involved making phone calls and sending emails to domestic and international clients, translating documents from German to English and vice-versa, making orders, creating spreadsheets for advertising prices and locations, participating in transnational advertising campaigns, working in teams with coworkers with diverse skillsets, etc.

The sense of accomplishment after finishing a large multi-week project was the most personally rewarding part of my internship. The most worthwhile skill I got from my time at ITMS was corporate translation, which is an in-demand field with high compensation. I learned to translate press releases, documents, memoranda, etc. from German to English and vice-versa. I also learned to work in a foreign workplace environment and to survive on my own in a foreign country for an extended period of time.

Also, I vastly improved my German proficiency in a way no class back at Stanford could have. I also learned how to cook my own meals, handle my own rent, pay my own bills, and otherwise prepare myself for the real world outside of the Stanford bubble, where we students are not quite independent adults but also not quite dependent children. I learned how to manage differences with peoples from different cultures and learned to interact with them productively in a corporate environment.

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