Internship Series: Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA)

October 4, 2017

Kristin JohnKristin Johnson internship

Questrom/CAS ’20 | Business Administration & Economics

Consulting Intern

CCD: Tell us about your internship experience. What were your responsibilities? 

KJ: I consulted for a fashion brand of a nonprofit based in Ahmedabad, India. The fashion brand created a livelihood for poor, rural women by incorporating their traditional embroidery skills into a profitable business.

CCD: How did you find the position, and what resources helped you get the internship?

KJ: I found this internship through Questrom, as it is partnered with Newcastle University to offer several internships to students in India, Israel, and the U.K. I got more information through the Questrom UDC.

CCD: What was the most memorable moment of your experience?

KJ: My most memorable moment was our field visit into a small village in rural India. We spent the day conducting market research into fashion trends in that area. The whole village came to greet us and the villagers were so kind, helpful, and welcoming. I never thought I would experience this in my life. It was eye-opening.

CCD: What were some of the benefits of your internship?

KJ: Being in India allowed me to understand an entirely different culture from the American culture I was raised in. It was awesome to live and experience a developing country. Additionally, I enjoyed my internship because I researched and analyzed an entire business, looking at all the different functions in the business. Then, I had to come up with suggestions for the company to improve and become more profitable. I learned that I really liked this kind of work.