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Proyectos Innovadores

Summer 2008 Site Review

Student: Spanish Senior
Position: International Markets Research Intern

Proyectos Innovadores is a financial consulting agency located in the city of Córdoba, Argentina. It is a small firm that has three people running it: Guillermo (Manager), Martín (Assistant), and Anabel (Secretary). The agency’s mission is to provide Argentines access to their country’s economy in terms of opportunities for investment.

To accomplish this, they offer several tasks in the areas of financial and tax advisory, among other things. They advise their clients on financial product design and structuring, on global risk management and involvement in committees, on the management of institutional investments, and on the definition, management and evaluation of accounting hedges. In terms of tax advisory, they review internal price policy along with existing liabilities and charging. To this effect they also design transfer pricing policies in compliance with tax requirements.

I interned as an International Markets Research Intern and was given the assignment of studying and researching the grape market in the US. The position dealt with economical research applied to real business projects where my main responsibilities were: to study the world market of fresh grapes, with focus on the US market; to prepare reports on specific aspects (consumption, distribution channels, prices, law and regulations, taxes, etc.); and to participate in work meetings with the different parts involved.

An internship in another country is unlike any internship within the US, it is a whole different concept of interning that has with it an extremely valuable experience. While much of the etiquette and protocol still remains the same, a great deal of it does not. It is rather difficult sometimes to pinpoint exactly what the differences are at the end of the internship because one becomes deeply assimilated in the culture that no differences can be seen. Aside from learning the technical issues of the tasks at hand, one learns about the country and realizes that there are indeed more similarities than differences between other countries in the rest of the world, a concept of great value that will become a great asset in any workplace during our era of globalization.

Check out the Córdoba Internship Program to learn about Argentine internships.


Summer 2008 Site Review

Student: Economics and Government Senior
Position: International Markets Research Intern

This summer I was an intern for a marketing consulting firm, Proyectos Innovadores. The firm was small, comprising of the two owners, Guillermo Acosta and Martin Dellavedova, and the secretary, Anabel. The company has consulted for private companies as well as for the Argentine Bolsa, which is the equivalent of the United States Chamber of Commerce. The firm focuses on the design, evaluation, and fundraising of various projects that include everything from real-estate to agriculture.

Currently Proyectos Innovadores is studying the world market of fresh table grapes. The company is investigating the profitability of growing fresh grapes in Argentina and exporting them to the Unites States. As of now, Argentina produces more grapes than most countries in the world; however, all the grapes grown are used solely for wine production which is one of their biggest industries. My tasks as an intern included researching the international market of fresh table grapes, studying the United States trade restrictions and tariffs of importing, and to finally prepare a report comprising of all the information I learned.

For me the cultural experience of an internship in a foreign country is indescribable and incomparable to any other. Even though I could have done my internship in the U.S., I chose to come to Argentina to experience something new and different. That is just what I got. I highly recommend that everyone should study abroad at least one in their life and if possible to intern in that country as well. Argentina was an experience I will never forget. In my three months here I learned a lot about how the workplace is run, the government participates or not, and how people live here day to day. This was an experience of a lifetime.

Check out the Córdoba Internship Program to learn about Argentine internships.

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