While Davis met her objective to attain international experience, many other interns there weren’t as lucky. “Most of the Citrix interns worked with software development, so they didn’t get much outside experience. Luckily, I was one of two corporate-level interns, so I worked daily with representatives from over 100 different countries,” Davis says. “This was my first internship in which I was actively a part of the operations. I attended team meetings, I put in my opinion on company and team affairs, and my suggestions were taken seriously. The best part of the whole experience was being pushed to work with the other marketing teams. I was hired for Customer Marketing, which entailed work with case studies, event planning and CRM [Customer Relationship Management] systems, but I was also recruited for C-level projects with Second Life and company-wide initiatives. I was pushed to interview heads of various teams and start networking,” she recalls.
Davis also participated in numerous programs and classes through Citrix. “We had a ton of internship luncheons, free days to go to skill-building classes, and a team outing for everything. Yep, all that extra socializing was torture — just kidding!”
Davis indicates that the Citrix experience provided an excellent building block for her life and career. “The family at Citrix, most of which I still keep in touch with, taught me incredible life lessons,” she says. “In one summer I felt more comfortable taking chances and making the most of my college experience because of the stories they shared of moving around the world, starting families, and living life all while living comfortably. While the professional experience was priceless, I think this position contributed most to my life in relation to my career as opposed to my career alone.”
In fact, Davis would not necessarily recommend the Citrix internship for others interested in the music business, but calls it “an internship better suited for someone looking for a hands-on corporate experience.”