International Commerce Management

Francisco Batiz
Emphasis Area
Business Administration

Francisco Batiz gained experience in logistics, problem-solving, and intercultural communication as an intern with a borderlands trading company. 

How did you get your internship and why did you choose it? 

The path to my internship at Batiz Trading Co. was paved with family connections and a shared passion for international trade. A casual conversation with my father, Frank, sparked my interest in the complexities of cross-border commerce. As I expressed my curiosity, it opened the door to an enriching opportunity to intern at his family-owned company. Choosing Batiz Trading Co. wasn't just a familial decision; it was a deliberate choice fueled by a desire to dive into the practicalities of international business. The prospect of contributing to a small yet impactful family venture and gaining insights into the intricacies of American-Mexican trade resonated deeply with my academic and career aspirations. 

What kind of work did you do throughout your internship experience? 

My responsibilities at Batiz Trading Co. consisted of a combination of logistics and distribution. On Mondays and Wednesdays, I managed the receipt of packages from American suppliers, ensuring each product's timely arrival. On Saturdays, I traveled to Mexico, where I directly oversaw shipments to our clients, navigated customs delays, and demonstrated my problem-solving skills.

The internship was a transformative journey that expanded my skill set and knowledge base. Beyond the technicalities of logistics, I honed my adaptability, language skills, and intercultural skills to navigate unforeseen challenges with resilience. Communicating with clients from both sides of the border not only sharpened my people skills but also deepened my appreciation for effective global communication. This hands-on experience sculpted me into a professional equipped with a diverse set of transferable skills.

How was the internship related to your Applied Humanities degree? 

My Applied Humanities coursework and my emphasis in Business Administration gave me a foundation that allowed me to navigate the broader cultural and ethical dimensions inherent in the dynamic world of cross-border trade. The synergy between my academic pursuits and real-world experiences at Batiz Trading Co. heightened my understanding and enriched my perspective. 

What advice do you have for other students as they search for their internship? 

To fellow students embarking on their internship journeys, I urge you to seek opportunities that resonate with your passions and academic pursuits. Embrace challenges not as roadblocks but as stepping stones to growth. Build genuine connections with mentors, and approach each experience with a mindset of continuous learning and adaptability. The richness of an internship lies not just in the tasks performed but in the stories crafted and the transformative growth experienced. Every challenge faced and lesson learned becomes a vital chapter in your professional narrative.