Our Interns: Where Are They Now. An Interview with Ruby Rodd

At McFelder Translations, our Internship Training Programme is established to offer undergraduates an invaluable start in the world of business. Established in 2014, our head office in Banyoles, Girona, Spain, has hosted promising young talent from all around the world.

Each internship is designed to open up a world of experience, help you find your feet and sharpen the skills necessary to succeed in marketing, business development, project management or procurement. In addition, interns work alongside knowledgeable professionals and gain exposure to our clients who represent industry-leading companies.

Our  interns play a huge part here at McFelder Translations, so we wanted to do a series around what our previous interns are up to now. This is the first blog in the series, focused on business development intern Ruby Rodd, who was with McFelder Translations for six months from September 2016. Learn about how Ruddy went from intern to Global Business Partner at Department for International Trade.

Which university did you attend, and what did you study?

I started at the University of Edinburgh in 2014, and I studied Spanish and Portuguese, where I graduated with First Class Honours in 2018.

Where are you working now?

I am now the Global Business Partner at Department for International Trade, UK Civil Service.

How did your Internship at McFelder Translations help you for your current or future role?

The experience I gained from my internship at McFelder gave me the confidence to apply for the Civil Service Fast Stream (graduate programme) in my final year of university, which led to my current role in DIT. I still use many of the skills. For instance, I’ve built upon collaboration, communication, influencing, and stakeholder management skills. McFelder also gave me insight into working internationally and across different cultures, which is vital for my current role.

What did you learn during your time as an Intern?

I learned so much during my time at McFelder, but my main takeaway was not being afraid to try new things and pushing myself out of my comfort zone. I came to McFelder during my year abroad whilst studying languages at university. I didn’t expect to gain experience in marketing, social media management, business development and translation project management.

What would your advice be for anyone thinking about doing an internship?

Go for it! You’ll be surprised by how much you can learn and the range of work you can experience. It’s an excellent opportunity to build your CV and get insight into the Translation industry.

Thank you for sharing your Internship experiences with us at McFelder Translations, and congratulations on your successful career. Keep an eye out on our LinkedIn and Website for more updates around this series.

Interested in our internship programme?

We take on students looking to gain experience in Business Development, Marketing, Translation Project Management and Vendor Management.

If you would like to learn more about our Internship Programme, please don’t hesitate to contact us or apply now.

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