In the “spirit”: IST intern develops technical and interpersonal skills at Bacardi

(Editor’s note: This is the eighth in a series of articles highlighting College of Information Science and Technology students and their summer internships and professional development experiences.)

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State senior Ella Maquito spent the summer helping a major spirits brand expand its global reach.

As an information technology intern at Bacardi, Maquito worked with the company’s brand house software within the digital commerce team to perform user interface and user experience testing. His team’s goal was to ensure the functionality of the software on multiple device platforms and verify cosmetic changes. She also helped create an extensive content matrix that covered all the places Bacardi products are sold around the world to identify data where gaps existed.

“The best part of this internship was the opportunity to work for a global company,” said Maquito, who studies enterprise technology integration.

Maquito’s global experience began with her hybrid schedule from the company’s Miami office, where she and other interns from institutions around the world networked through happy hours and speaker series. Additionally, Maquito’s supervisors were headquartered in Bermuda and London, while the initiatives she worked on were conducted in Puerto Rico.

“I was able to meet new people from many countries and engage with them, and the experience of connecting with them professionally and culturally is something I aspire to in my personal and professional development,” she said. “Furthermore, the great business principles of ‘Fearless, Founder, and Family’ were ingrained in me. I was able to flourish to exercise my own entrepreneurial spirit and adopt an agile mentality, be comfortable to try new things and take risks in an environment where I am encouraged to question, challenge and innovate.

While Maquito has strengthened her interpersonal skills through these connections, she has also developed the technical skills she learned at the College of IST – foundational courses in IT project management, human-centered design and development, and in information and organizations, coding courses and a deeper understanding of business competence.

“These courses taught me and provided me with a solid foundational understanding of how business and technology departments interact to provide solutions for greater technology efficiency within a company,” she said. declared.

Additionally, the college’s emphasis on project-based work, both individually and in groups, prepared her for successful internship.

“This kind of facility in my classes helped me work independently and practice team collaboration skills,” she said. “Clear communication, project pitching, and good time management juggling three to four projects at a time were key skills that helped me succeed.”