By: Peyton Zammarelli '22
KT Norton ’22, communications studies major with minors in Chinese and leadership studies, participated in a University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) virtual international internship this past summer. Her internship experience was with Latudio, which is a start-up non-profit founded in the United States that is currently operating in the Czech Republic.
This spring, Latudio plans to launch a new app/web-based platform aimed to assist professionals with operational management, financial management, content development, marketing, and education. Latudio currently has support from over 120 virtual contributors in Czech Republic, US, Mexico, South America, Italy, Germany, France, and the UK.
In this internship experience, Norton was able to develop and present brand campaigns, create social media content, collaborate with other interns, and company contributors, conduct research about language acquisition, attend weekly management meetings, and evaluate company success on each campaign.
“During this past summer, I wanted to be engaged in something that I could learn and expand my own thoughts and understanding of the world we live in,” Norton shared. “In my freshman year at Mount, I went a summer abroad for my Chinese minor through USAC. This led me to this past summer's internship opportunity.”
While Norton would have loved to travel abroad this summer, she was still able to sharpen her professional skillset while also building relationships with people all over the world.
“One neat thing about this group is how much they genuinely care for one another,” she said. “In my first time meeting them, I was asked about my interests/hobbies and what I would like to work on for this internship. I really like researching and so, that is what I got to do. I got to research different focus groups and how Latudio could best service them through their app. Overall, 10 out of 10 would probably do it all over again if I got the chance to.”
After graduation this spring, Norton plans are still undecided, but she feels that Mount Union has truly given her the tools to soar to new heights through her majors and minors.