Lexie Kadlec - Head of Marketing
Lexie graduated from Miami University with degrees in international studies, Latin American studies, and Spanish. She values international education and feels that everyone should travel abroad at least once in their lifetime, and this belief fuels her work with The Intern Group.
You currently live in Santiago, Chile working for The Intern Group. What does a typical day of work look like for you?
The cool thing about working for The Intern Group is that every day is different. We are always looking for new ways to connect with our applicants, whether it is through Facebook, Snapchat, or program abroad websites like GoAbroad. A lot of my day consists of making sure that we connect with our applicants through a platform with which they feel comfortable. Of course my day also involves answering emails!
Why do you think international travel is important for young people in the globalized world of today?
International travel is crucial for young people today. Travel experiences make you open-minded, perceptive, and empathetic. It is our purpose as an organization to help raise a culturally sensitive generation as we feel that it is a major contributor to learning about, and eventually fixing, the world’s issues. It will also just make you a better human.
How does The Intern Group select new locations? What makes your current locations particularly great places to intern abroad?
A lot goes into our decisions when selecting a new internship destination. We need to evaluate everything from the opportunities available for interns across all career fields to the public transportation and the language spoken. Student demand is also an important factor; we want to offer as many diverse locations as possible as we know that our interns are interested in all parts of the globe.
We currently have internships in London, New York, Hong Kong, Madrid, Latin America, and Australia (Berlin, Dublin, and Shanghai are also coming soon!). All of these destinations offer interns unlimited opportunities across many career fields, safe places to live, and a manageable public transportation system. Not to mention that all of our destinations have incredibly dedicated teams ready to help our interns settle in.
If you could participate in any of The Intern Group’s internship programs, which one would you choose and why?
This one is difficult! I have always been drawn to Latin America because of the culture and language, but I would have to go with Australia for this one. I’ve never been, but after working with our team there and learning about our interns’ experiences, Melbourne seems like the place for me; it is a fantastic city and boasts the perfect combination of city and beach. I love the idea of being able to go to your internship during the day and then relax on the beach afterwards.
How do your internship programs mix “business with pleasure” to provide the ultimate internship experience?
Our programs enable interns to gain professional experience and connect with people from around the world. Our interns are there to gain experience in their desired career field. To supplement the internship, we put together a library of professional development tools and training videos, as well as workshops in each destination.
Our interns are also there to get to know a new city, culture and network. They make friends with young professionals from over 150 countries! We regularly organize fun cultural and social events so that the interns can connect.
What do you think is the biggest benefit of an international internship?
International experience teaches you how to relate to other cultures on a personal level. You are able to put yourself in other people’s shoes and learn to adapt. An internship abroad helps people do this on both a personal AND professional level.
Interns that do our program leave with the skills necessary to conduct business deals around the world, be adaptable in any situation, and ultimately think outside of the box; all of which are invaluable to employers today.
Companies and organizations are struggling to find and attract good talent. Everyone has a degree, extracurriculars and sometimes a domestic internship. So what makes people different from each other based on pure experience? People with an international edge have so much to offer companies and organizations that are looking to innovate. If you are able to learn from and accept different perspectives from around the world, you will have 10 different ways to look at the same problem and potentially 10 different solutions for each one. The world needs these big thinkers, so global-minded young people are exactly what more and more organizations need. Our programs help to create this kind of talent.
Why do you love working for The Intern Group?
There are many reasons why I love working for The Intern Group. Our team and what we do are two reasons that ultimately make me come into the office everyday. This is an incredible group of people from all around the world who share the same values and purpose. It is really cool that every single person is on board with the organization's mission; this is made clear by how hard they work to give people from all over the world the experience of a lifetime. When you get a stream of positive social media mentions and emails thanking you and your teams in each destination for providing them with a life changing experience, you know that you’re doing something right.
What has been your biggest accomplishment since you began working for The Intern Group?
My proudest moment, and one of the team’s biggest accomplishments, was when we launched our first in-house scholarship program in 2015. We awarded one student a full scholarship to their internship program in Colombia. This year, we have already increased the number of scholarships to five with plans to continue growing.