When I first spoke to Endeavor Chile staff and Iván Báez, the Endeavor Entrepreneur who founded EMAN, from Barcelona, I was immediately sold on the idea of working in a new country and new language to directly shape and implement a growing company’s strategy. Four weeks in, I can honestly say that the role has offered much more than I was expecting. It has evolved from “simply” developing a marketing strategy for a new product line to a fundamental review of the company’s strategy and prioritizing investment opportunities between the portfolio companies. Having worked in consulting before my MBA, this is a golden opportunity to apply all that I have learned and actually see things through to implementation rather than just leaving behind a nicely formatted PowerPoint. Knowing that what you recommend will actually become a reality obviously means you feel a greater sense of responsibility, but is also an opportunity. I think it is unique to an Endeavor internship and is the one thing from which I am learning the most.
Aside from the day job, Chile offers pretty good weekend opportunities. With the other eMBAs in Santiago, I managed to make it to the ski slopes and the beach in just one weekend. On another I took a trip to the Elqui Valley. Writing this on the plane to San Pedro, I have little doubt that, for me, this internship is the best combination of professional development and personal adventure.