My internship with PortMiami

Name: Nimrod Simeon

Major: International business

Where you interned: I did my internship at PortMiami. I was working with the cargo and communication departments.

What did you do there? I was doing trade statistics, research analysis, press releases, marketing campaigns and trying to learn as much as possible about all aspects of the port. While I was at PortMiami, I was also going to the mayor’s office every Wednesday for conferences, seminars, workshops and so on. We went on a field trip to visit some departments of Miami-Dade County. I was also part of a team that worked on a project for the Homeless Trust.

How did your internship connect back to your coursework? My major is focused on all aspects of any type of business that is related to international and global commerce. At PortMiami, it is about export and imports, and international trade. About 65 percent of all my courses are related to my internship at PortMiaimi at different levels, which gave me a huge advantage to learn more and to enjoy what I am doing.

What was the coolest thing that happened during your internship? The week of spring break, I had the choice to take the week off, but instead I spent all week at PortMiami. That week there was a huge event called “Seatrade Global Cruise” and I was able to work the booth for PortMiami. I was able to improve myself, and discover one of the most exciting events for the cruise lines.

What did you like most about your experience? The learning process, the teamwork, the opportunity to do more and better.

What did you learn about yourself? I learned how flexible, focused and determined I can be when I am in front of a very important opportunity that can boost my career.

How did the position increase your professional confidence? This position has empowered me to always try to do my best and to seek more knowledge and improvement.

How did you expand your professional network? I was able to meet local, state and foreign officials, and outstanding leaders from private and public sectors.

How did it help you prove yourself in the “real-world?” It helped me to know how to present myself and how to conduct myself in a business meetings.

How did you get your internship? I found my internship at the Career Fair. I used many services from the Career and Talent Development Department, including professional development workshops, Career Fairs, resume writing and attending the Professional Dining Etiquette Lunch. Unfortunately, many students do not try to take advantage of those great opportunities. I would like students to know that just going to a classroom and going home is not enough. FIU is offering more than you can imagine – take advantage. They will help you elevate your professional life very, very high.

What advice do you have for those beginning the internship process? My slogan is “Do more, Do better.” My best advice to any intern is to focus on three main aspects: attitude, vision, improvement.