Briana Monsalve is a senior at Southern Methodist University double majoring in Political Science and Communication Studies with a minor in Law and Legal Reasoning. She hopes to work in communications for organizations that value inclusivity and diversity as well as in public affairs and advocacy. Briana has lived in Dallas, Texas her whole life and is passionate about communications and advocacy, specifically for marginalized communities.
In her free time, Briana enjoys going to the movies, walking and spending time with her dog, listening to music, and spending time with her family. Her experience includes internships with non-profit and political/public organizations that focus on advocacy and issue-based communication strategies.
Briana offers advice and insight into her internship experience, her time with Copart, and the value she finds in working with the company:
When you were looking for an internship in marketing/communications, what made you choose Copart?
I wanted to intern with a company that cared about the growth of their employees and that would challenge me in multiple ways. I definitely saw that in Copart from the first day that I came in for my interview by seeing Copart championing their Mission, Vision and Values. I wanted to work with people who were passionate about their jobs and what they contributed to the company. I saw this the most at Copart.
What is the most valuable part of your internship with Copart?
Working in an encouraging and inspiring environment is what I value the most. I enjoy coming to work every day and not only is everything I do meaningful and an important part of what the company does, but the work environment is the best I’ve ever experienced.
What is one way in which you have grown/ learned something new during your internship with Copart?
I have learned how to communicate effectively to a wide range of audiences so that the company’s Mission is practiced in all areas of the company. I have learned the importance of targeted messaging and making sure to always celebrate the people you work with.
What advice would you give to college students who are looking for an internship in your field?
- Never be afraid to ask questions while you are searching for an internship. Ask questions that are specific to that company, but also ask questions about your field in general.
- Every time you interview with a company, you have the opportunity to get helpful advice from a more experienced person in your field–they can really help you in figuring out what you are really looking for as you progress in your career.
- Keep an open mind while you interview and decide what you want to do. Some of the best experiences you can have come from the most unsuspecting places.
How do you feel Copart has equipped you to enter the “real world” after you graduate from college?
I have been able to apply my skills and really feel like a part of the team. I have been given meaningful and important assignments to help the department and company overall. I feel like a valued team member, and I think it’s important to learn how to contribute to a team and work with them. I have developed tangible skills that I can readily talk about that employers look for in hiring.