Over the past 2 and a half months interning at Batik Boutique, I can confidently say that I have become a more mindful global citizen.
My name is Lucas Lovejoy, and I am a student at New York University, who came to intern for Batik Boutique during my summer break.
I study finance and economics, and was originally drawn to Batik Boutique because of its unique business structure. I had not before seen an organization so intertwined with its local community: local artisans, creating modern pieces of art, using traditional techniques, all while emphasizing the beauty of batik.
I was able to learn many hands-on lessons about the process of running a business here. I gained some new hard skills while optimizing our Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software, and learned new soft skills during my time eating with colleagues.
I know some new words in Bahasa, too (my hair, according my friend Puteh, is reminiscent of kepala ayam, or a chicken’s head). I also learned how to use Photoshop and Illustrator, and also got the chance to learn to sew apparel.
When I travel back home, I plan to take what I have learned about CRM software, the Adobe creative suite, and sewing, and input that into my work and studies. I hope to continue learning about the process of running a successful business that operates in harmony with its community.
P.S. I will also be stealing this Milo Ais recipe and sharing it with my family, because who doesn't love chocolate milk?