Miguel Bautista

Success: Internship with T4G

  • The Philippines
  • 2nd year MBA student

When I first arrived here, my taxi driver apologized to me by saying “I am sorry for the traffic.”

I glanced over the front seat, to see a line of seven, maybe eight cars. I laughed softly, and the driver asked me why. I told him that traffic in my country, the Philippines, stretches for several kilometers - and is much longer than seven or eight cars.

“This traffic isn’t too bad," I replied. “Wait till it gets snowy," he said.

I’m sure you’re all working on the traffic caused by the snow. I’m still working on the snow part.

The little exchange I had with the taxi driver happened some time ago , and it’s that sort of sharing in perspective that I have been fortunate enough to experience and share as both an international student and an international intern.

During the course of my MBA program, my classmates and I have been fortunate enough to have several networking opportunities.

It was during one of those opportunities that I managed to get into a conversation, which lead into a phone call, which lead into an interview, which eventually led into a summer internship.

It’s that sort of chain of events that demonstrates the value of internships. One gets an opportunity to network, gain real world experience, and get to experience the challenge of “selling your personal brand.”

Over at my summer job, I was a project delivery intern. It was a role that took my pre-MBA-studies-work experience and things I’ve learned while at SMU, mixing them together in a field that both interested and challenged me. I did a lot of research, and was even fortunate enough to flex some of my unused operations management muscles towards a supervised, in-house project.

None of that would have been possible - if not for 1) the support I received to pursue an internship, and 2) the importance that the Sobey School placed on finding a valuable, meaningful internship.

Nova Scotia has a unique opportunity to utilize internships in both a local and global way; companies that choose to take on more international interns directly address one of the concerns in the now-widespread Ivany report, increasing the international population of the province. Such a twinned approach can only lead to a more well rounded and diverse workforce, for the province’s future.

In both a literal and symbolic way, the Halifax Port Authority is both an anchor and gateway for students to live local, but stay global. I am certain that working at the Port brings this global perspective to the forefront, and I am confident, and extremely fortunate that the support, guidance, and education that I have received these past years have prepared me, and many others like me for opportunities such as the one the Port authority is prepared to offer.