Poole student Jane Burkhart enjoyed a memorable activity during her study abroad experience in Leeds, England. She attended Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Her Jubilee event, Prince William spoke about climate change, and Alicia Keys performed.
But the highlight of last spring’s trip? She has gained great confidence in her academic ability.
The presentation she and her team gave at the end of a consulting practice with a startup boosted her confidence as a business administration student. bottom. This is half the time of a semester-long practicum.
I was so proud of myself when I finished my presentation. Professor Chris Littel told me, “You should put this on your resume.” This is really great work. I felt like I underestimated myself before the trip.
“I was really proud of myself when I finished my presentation. Professor Chris Littel told me, ‘You should put this on your resume.’ This is really great work. I felt like I had underestimated myself before the trip,” says Burkhart, his junior.
The internship was Poole’s first collaboration with the Leeds University Business School at the University of Leeds and was one of three courses in entrepreneurship and international business taken by 16 students in the UK.
Consulting projects are the highlight of my research experience.
Littel provided students with templates for creating action plans, creating activity lists, managing client expectations, and performing other tasks. “They had to build, build and implement solutions to real-world problems with real-world companies in the UK,” says Professor Poole.
Along the way, students strengthened a range of skills, including problem solving, presentation writing, research, contract management, and teamwork. Each student team had a face-to-face meeting with the client before presenting the final report.
Students have leveraged their experience at Poole’s Entrepreneurship Program clinic in Raleigh to work with business owners and benefit from access to the entrepreneurial ecosystem and faculty at the University of Leeds.
In Leeds, Burkhart’s team worked with Crysp’s chief. Crysp is a B2B software and enterprise resource planning platform that manages assets, compliance and risk for businesses and schools. The students analyzed Crysp’s potential entry into the US market. This will leverage the North Carolina presence of one of his investors in the company, Twinkl, based in Sheffield, England.
After research that included interactions with U.S. public secondary education professionals, the students advised Crysp to consider selling its products in the U.S. within the next 18 months.
“We are very pleased with the impact that North Carolina State students have made with Crysp. We believe the North American market will be key to our future as the company grows,” said co-founder of the company. Pete Mills says “The opportunity to work with NC State students in conjunction with the University of Leeds was too good an opportunity to pass up as we plan to piggyback on this…obviously, (of the students) Each one of us is passionate about our mission, our products, and, crucially, how we can get into the U.S. market.”
The study abroad experience could lead to more collaboration between Poole and Leeds University Business School.
For Poole’s business administration major Ben Stevens, who worked at Crysp, a trip to Leeds brought him collaborations with people from different cultures. “Being in another country takes you a little out of your comfort zone. You have to talk to people you don’t normally talk to,” he says. “It was really helpful to have had to go through that kind of experience.”
He also enjoyed talking to panels of entrepreneurs, visiting startup co-working spaces, and visiting other European countries on weekends.
Stevens and other Poole students left Leeds with valuable insight and skills to launch their careers.
“The students had a great experience understanding the startups in the region. They were exposed to different cultures, languages and events that broadened their horizons. and got some really great experience that will help us do something similar in the US,” says Littel.
Richard Tunstall, Ph.D., Academic Director of Enterprise, Organizer of the University of Leeds Business School, said: It was inspiring to see them working on real business problems in another country they had never visited before. Their results were impressive and had a tangible impact on the business of LUBS Enterprise Ambassadors.
Burkhart hasn’t decided what kind of job he wants to do after graduation. But whatever it was, after talking to aspiring and innovative entrepreneurs in Leeds, she gained more confidence that she could make an impact and succeed.
“I realized that if there’s something you want to do, you shouldn’t dwell in fear that it might not work out,” she says. “If you have a passion, follow your dreams.”