Company: Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Description: Kelly worked for a small startup company that tracks the fastest spreading news through social media and news outlets.
Tasks: Blogging, market research compiling information and article for tweets and other social media forums.
Testimonial: "Throughout my life I have ALWAYS wanted to go to Ireland, so when I found out I could get an internship and live there for a summer I did everything I could to make it happen. It's a great place to be and I felt at home almost immediately after my arrival.
I worked for a super cool startup based in Dublin's docklands. We worked in Dogpatch Labs with a bunch of other startups in a laid back atmosphere (with plenty of free food, coffee, and beer, too!). I would start my day around 10am with a daily quality control check of all websites and widgets associated with NewsWhip. After a quick email to the team addressing any issues I'd move onto compiling articles and related information to tweet during the day. After this the team would usually head out to lunch together. (If you're in Dublin you MUST go to Junior's and order a chicken salad. Your life will never be the same after consuming such a godly salad). After lunch was usually a mix of meetings, blog writing, market research, or whatever else needed to be accomplished that day. I only wish I had more time in my internship, it was an absolute blast!
First, and foremost, this internship taught me that the "real world" isn't all butterflies and unicorns like everyone would like you to believe. If you have work to do, you have to do it and do it now. If you say you're going to be somewhere, you better be there. And if you're working with others you must be as reliable to them as you would want them to be to you.
Secondly, and specifically to my work with [that company] I learned TONS of industry related skills that college classes just can't teach you.
You will never regret this decision. The memories and experiences will be as great as you make them, so why not give it a chance and have the best time ever? If you're planning on going to Dublin, don't just go for the drinking culture. Yes, it's there, and yes, it's fantastic, but Dublin has SO MUCH more to offer! It's a fantastic city to get lost in, you'll always find something wonderful along the way.
Also, get ready for the Irish sense of humor. It's golden."
Where are they now: "Okay, I want to go back to Dublin ASAP! Right now I'm finishing my bachelors degree in Professional and Technical Communication at RIT. I've already started the process of looking for/applying to jobs and grad school."
Company: College of Charleston
Description: Karley interned for an international hotel group. The group owns 9 hotel brands globally with over 4,600 hotels.
Tasks: Karley worked within the Revenue Management Department and worked on projects from multiple teams and brands.
Testimonial: Karley was just hired by the same company that she worked for in London! Karley did the internship program in London over the summer of 2012. After her internship in London she did another internship with the hotel group in the states which lead to full-time employment.
“I think it [the experience in London] helped me get my initial foot in the door. The goal of the internship London, as the management explained it, was to really teach the intern about the global revenue management department. There are a lot of different teams within because the company is so large and I spent time doing a lot of projects. During my time in London I did a lot of networking and it was key. I definitely got showcase my talent and I learned a lot as well."
Advice for future interns: "Try and go the extra mile. Make sure you make tons of contact with people before and after. The thank you email (or mail) is essential. Most people go into an interview saying you have to sell yourself, but you can't sell yourself if you're not being yourself. You need to be true to yourself and not spouting a bunch lies about what you think the employer wants."
Where are they now: Karley was just offered a full time job in Atlanta through the same company that she worked for in London!
Company: Miami University of Ohio
Field: Fashion Business
Description: Joe interned with an international news and information site for iconic styles and fashion.
Tasks: "I was the Junior Director of Marketing and Social Media. I ran their blog, Twitter, and Facebook accounts in English. I did some translations from French to English. I did some reporting and news tracking as well."
Testimonial: “Everything [about the program] was great. I remember talking to Chrissie at the beginning and she was really helpful. I was really nervous doing everything over the phone because I found you guys online-but I think I was handled really well. I joined the program really early and I had a lot of attention throughout the process.
The placement process went smoothly and our Location Coordinator, Carolyn, was phenomenal. The activities that were planned were fun and it was nice to meet up with other English speakers.
I've taken French for most of my life so improving my language was the main reason I wanted to go Paris. I really wanted to speak French at home and at work. The experience helped because I learned how to express ideas in the workplace instead of just within a classroom. My host mother [in the homestay] was a French teacher, so on the first day she asked me, "French or English?" and I said "French". I think she spoke to me in English maybe twice the entire summer. We really got along and she helped me with some French grammar too.
In my internship I did some translating from French to English for their blog. I blogged, and I managed their Twitter and Facebook accounts. I got to do some reporting and took pictures of expos and scenic areas around Paris. It was helpful in defining a career path because I learned a lot about what I don't like to do and what I want to focus on in the future for my career. It was rather exciting living in a big city by myself. I became a huge museum nerd and made it a point to really soak it all up."
Where are they now: He is continuing his education at the University of Miami Ohio for a degree in International Business and French.
Company: University of Tampa
Location: New York City
Description: Mohammad interned at a dually-registered, premier independent broker dealer and registered investment advisor. The firm provides financial planning and brokerage capabilities, practice management and marketing expertise, time-saving technology, and a complete range of financial products
Tasks: Monitoring and shadowing the stock and bond markets, some cold calling, research within the industry, and preparing presentation materials.
Testimonial: “First of all, I thought it was a very good experience for me. It was a resume booster, and will help me land a full time job. The program was really well organized, and I think the pre-screen interview process for interns to get into the program is great. All of the interns were like minded-fun and hard workers.”
I was very hesitant at first with the price. Since I'm an international student I knew I needed as much experience as possible so I decided to go. The structure [of the program] was fantastic. At the end of the day, I got a good reference from the supervisor from a large brokerage firm in Manhattan that employers will notice. Then, obviously, there were fun actives involved. We went to a Yankees game, visited the Statue of Liberty, and occasionally we went out for pizza. It was a fabulous group, not too many people, and we all had similar mentalities. It was my first time staying and living in New York City. Living in mid-town was fabulous because there are so many good places to go. It has a little bit of everything for everyone.
“I worked for a broker company in mid-Manhattan. It was directly related to my classes and I could pick up on responsibilities easily. I learned a lot and it went just fine. My daily tasks included monitoring and shadowing the stock and bond markets. Our firm was the next party after the New York Stock Exchange floor. Our company did a good job of gathering the meaningful information that the consumers needed. I can use my academic and work knowledge for future jobs now . Since it was a brokerage firm, I thought I would only be doing cold-calls, but I did a lot more than just sales. I did some selling, but it taught me a lot, like how to talk to big players in the market.
Of course, I have to talk about Alex [the Location Coordinator]. He was fantastic and he was very friendly. He tried to connect with us, and I think we became good friends. I learned a lot from him like how to communicate with a team, and how to be a leader. It was great that he was there at check-in and gave us all advice on safety and what to do on weekends. At the same time, he told us to work hard and put in as much as possible into the internship.
Where are they now: Mohammad is finishing up his senior year at the University of Tampa. After graduation he hopes to work for a non-profit or work within the finance industry.
Company: University of Richmond
Description: Hannah interned at a non-profit organization that uses e-readers and a mobile application to achieve its mission of making books more accessible in developing countries.
Tasks: "During my time there I published digital books, researched market opportunities and potential partners, established partnerships with literary reviewers, wrote descriptions for the organization's mobile books, and reviewed books."
Testimonial: I decided to do an internship abroad because I love traveling and experiencing different cultures. I chose Barcelona specifically because I am an International Studies and Spanish major, and I wanted to improve my Spanish speaking skills. There are many Spanish-speaking countries and cities in the world, but Barcelona has so much to offer with its rich culture, friendly locals, beautiful architect, and sunny beaches.
I worked with the mobile and digital publishing team as a digital publishing assistant. During my time there I published digital books, researched market opportunities and potential partners, established partnerships with literary reviewers, wrote descriptions for the organization's mobile books, and reviewed books co-published by the organization. The team is such an impressive and inspiring group of people, and I'm so thankful that I had the opportunity to work with them.
I learned how non-profit organizations operate. I also learned a lot about different world cultures; not only did I get to read, review, and promote books from all over Africa, I also got to work with people from all over the world. Those are just two of many things I learned from my internship in Barcelona!
Where are they now: Right now I'm enjoying my senior year at the University of Richmond. I plan on returning to Barcelona after I graduate! I'm currently researching Master's programs and English-teaching positions."
Company: International Academy of Design and Technology
Field: Fashion Design
Description: Sam worked under a designer that created ready-to-wear suits in the heart of Florence.
Tasks: Sewing, cutting, and draping
Testimonial: "I loved my time in Florence and the Global Experiences program. I really liked how each person's experience is tailored to the individual and their strengths. The other interns on the program were a really fun and diverse group to spend time with. Florence was a great city to work in-just being surrounded by that culture and history.
My internship was very hands on. Starting from the day I walked in, my tutor showed me some stuff and I got right on it. The internship was really helpful in landing my new job and I know that it has benefited my career. I just got hired to work for a custom men's wear company, but eventually, I'd like to open up my own studio.
My advice to future interns: know exactly what you want to come for. Work your butt off to become irresistible to employers, and completely immerse yourself in the experience. "
Where are they now: Samantha graduated from university this year and is now working for a custom suit designer in Las Veags
Company: University of North Carolina-Wilmington
Description: Stephanie worked for a start-up company that creates contextual marketing strategies for publishers. Their innovate firm is expanding in Europe and Africa.
Tasks: "I helped create content and implement the company newsletter, update Twitter, and did research on the individual companies we were assigned."
Testimonial: "Ireland always seemed like an ideal location for me to visit and my mom's family is from there. It was really important to me that my internship be in English too. I did a lot in my internship. On a typical day, I spent the morning responding to emails regarding newsletters and great marketing materials. In the afternoons, the company would gather for a staff meeting to discuss creating the newsletter for the end of the month and go over priorities. I contributed to the creation of the newsletter, updated Twitter, and did research on the companies I was assigned. I also did a lot of prep work for presentations for clients and investors. It was great because I got to use the skills I learned in class and apply them to my internship. My confidence really grew because I was sure that I could complete the tasks that I was given.
I didn't encounter a lot of the challenges that I thought I would because I'm use to being away from home. Culturally and socially, no I didn't have any issues. The main challenge was the weather! I did have to learn how to adapt to an international work environment and working with a multinational staff. It was a fun challenge, and a big part of the learning experience, to learn how to communicate effectively and successfully.
Advice for future interns: Biggest thing is to keep an open mind. Don't be afraid to put yourself in uncomfortable situations because they will open doors for you in the future. Opening your mind to the way that other people live their lives is a huge part of this kind of experience."
Where are they now: Stephanie is finishing up her senior year at UNC-W and is hoping to find work within the marking/branding industry after graduation.
Company: University of Central Florida
Location: Washington, DC
Description: This internship is within a documentary editing project located on the Campus of The George Washington University. The Project collects, accessions, transcribes, and annotates material written by and to Eleanor Roosevelt relating to her post White House political life.
Tasks: Blake completed a wide range of archival and editing experiences including organization of documents, web development, and general office work.
Testimonial: The experience I had in Washington D.C. courtesy of GE, was one that I will not forget. The experience that we were presented is one that eclipsed my hopes going into the program. The group activities that were planned, the availability of GE contacts if we needed something, and of course, our internships, were what made this past summer so unforgettable.
The city offers so much in terms of history, outside activities and tourist destinations that two months was not nearly enough time. I would have not had such a great chance to experience the city if not for GE, so I thank you guys so much. I made excellent professional contacts with my organization and am planning on contacting them in the future.
Where are they now: Blake is continuing his senior year at University of Central Florida is thinking of returning to DC for graduate school
Company: Hofstra University: School of Law
Description: Andrew interned at an association of law firms that focus on Italian and International law. The association creates a professional partnership structure spread across a number of different offices and practices.
Tasks: Translated documents and conversations from Italian to English. Assisted with preparation for presentations, spoke with clients over the phone, and sat in on client meetings.
Testimonial: "I did a lot of things in my internship. I acted as unofficial translator and would help translate documents and conversations from Italian to English. I even got to settle a case over the phone with an English speaking client. I got to sit in on client meetings and my supervisors took me to check out scenes of controversies. At first, the internship was kind of challenging because in Italy they start you out really slowly before they give you any major responsibilities. I had to speak up to the supervisors about what I wanted and needed, and then everything drastically improved. I was given a ton of responsibilities and projects. I really loved the experience of this firm and the bonds I made with my colleagues. I like that I was able to do some networking so I can look into Italy for work in the future. I learned a lot and it really improved my Italian."
Florence was amazing. I really want to go and improve my language skills, and I really was able to. I feel much more confidence in my fluency after completing this program. Everything outside the internship was fantastic ranging from the culture to the food. The entire group that I went with really made the experience great too. It wouldn't have been as much fun without them."
Where are they now: Continuing his education at Hofstra Law School
Company: St.Mary's University
Location: Washington, DC
Description: This D.C.-based government affairs firm was founded with the primary goal of providing a select group of clients creative strategies to effectively represent them and their interests before the United States Government
Tasks: "I did a lot research about certain leaders of different countries and their relations with the US. I'd compile that for the senior officials so they would know as much as possible before going into a meeting with Congress."
Testimonial: "I loved my time in DC and in my internship. There were two other interns and we all worked together as a team. The leadership was very cohesive between interns and senior employees.
I was pretty nervous about moving away from family and preparing for my next year living in Wales for a year. This experience taught me how to deal with internal struggles and the best way for me to overcome those challenges. It prepared me for what it is like living in a new city and being away from home.
I encourage future interns to be as be opened-minded as possible. Enjoy the people around you and all of the different personalities, even if those difficult personalities, because they are a part of life. Plan as much as you can in advance, but be open-minded about the rest."
Where are they now: Briana will be traveling to Wales to study at Aberystwyth University for her Master's degree in International Relations
Company: George Washington University
Description: An economic and strategy consulting firm that provides economic and regulatory policy advice, social investment impact analysis, litigation support and business management expertise to corporations, governments and the third sector around the world.
Tasks: "Basically, I was an economic consultant and had my own clients. I would meet and debrief with other consultants as well as had varying projects from writing articles and researching. I even created a charity rating methodology system for a client."
Testimonial: "I LOVED London! I originally wanted to go to Florence, but looking at the economy I decided that London was a better fit for what I wanted to do. I knew that London was a city that I could gain some experience personally and professionally-and it was great. I did some traveling to Prague, Florence and Greece too.
My internship was great, but it was a lot of work. The experience taught me how to work with different types of personalities and management styles. Along with all of the skills I learned, like I've never created a charity method rating system prior to this point, the experience taught me a lot about myself and how I handle challenges. I learned how to balance daily life and work life too.
My advice to future interns: Plan travel as soon as you can and book flights in advance. Don't be afraid to go anywhere alone and don't be nervous to speak up about what you want to get out of the experience."
Where are they now: She is continuing her education at George Washington University and one day hopes to go to grad school in London. She even got to set up some meetings with universities while she was there over the summer!
Company: Bloomsburg University
Description: Rosie worked as Marketing Intern for a young and ambitious recruitment agency that offers international language recruitment.
Tasks: She helped a lot with the influence and management of social media. She wrote blogs and assisted with formatting and content development for the website. She also called up previous candidates that at the jobs they placed for them.
Testimonial: The internship with Global Experience helped me prepare for the future. It was great experience learning different fields and being in a new environment. Because the internship was an international firm, I worked with colleagues from all over the world and communication could be a challenge. I really had to think about how I wanted to phrase things. I was nervous for the internship as well because I'm not a big writer and I really wanted to make sure I was doing well. The position opened up new opportunities and working for that firm taught me job preparation skills.
Dublin was amazing! They really understand how to use public transportation and people are not afraid to walk anywhere. The food is great because they don't have any preservatives so everything is really fresh. The people there are all really friendly too.
Where are they now: She is currently finishing up her degree at Bloomsburg and will be job searching.
Company: University of Edinburgh
Description: Lauren worked for a small full service PR agency that offers a wide variety of client services including strategic publicity, media training, product placement, media and third party promotions and crisis/reputation management.
Tasks: Updating media lists,tracking client coverage, preparing coverage reports for clients, note taking at client meetings,answering the phones, and being the staff representative to welcome visitors and clients to the office.
Testimonial: "Thanks for being so helpful and organising everything. I'll definitely recommend global experiences to any of my friends who are interested in interning abroad!
The whole experience was so relaxing and wonderful due to the organising of you guys."
Where are they now: Lauren is continuing her education in her home country of Scotland at the University of Edinburgh.
Company: University of North Dakota
Location: Washington, DC
Description: The organization Allie worked for is dedicated to preventing children and youth from becoming involved in the courts and upholding the highest standards of care when youth are charged with wrongdoing and enter the justice system.
Tasks: Intern tasks include: researching federal and state regulations, fact-checking, analyzing information and preparing summaries,PowerPoint presentations,assist with the execution of projects to develop resources, and attend meetings and briefings.
Testimonial: So, I found out I would be spending my summer in Washington DC as a Global Experiences intern way back in September of 2012. Needless to say I was beyond thrilled and it was difficult waiting about ten months to finally leave! I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my summer, working for a cause I am passionate about, learning new skills, and taking hold of every opportunity I’m presented with. Initially I had no idea what to expect. I’m from small town, Minnesota and attend college at the University of North Dakota…not exactly “big city” life. But this has most definitely been a memorable experience!
Adjusting to life in the city didn’t challenge me as much as I originally anticipated. After a few days the streets become easy to navigate and riding the Metro is a breeze (just know where you are going)! I must say, I do feel like a local at this point! Especially when people ask me for directions! So far one of my favorite things about DC is the city at night. I’ve always loved city lights at night and DC has met all expectations regarding that matter!
As for my internship, it has been one of the most rewarding jobs I have had. It is a non-profit organization that advocates for youth involved in the juvenile justice system and those who are at risk of delinquency. We promote evidence-based practices that rehabilitate youth in the system and also prevent delinquent and risky behavior. I have a strong interest in psychology and criminal justice, and more recently I have been focusing on juvenile justice. I am thankful that I am able to apply my knowledge here. I have been lucky enough to attend countless briefings and work closely with other similar organizations.
Where are they now: Continuing her education at the University of North Dakota
Company: University of California Davis
Field: Environmental Science
Description: Gracie worked at a world heritage institute focused on issues of national park environmental management. This organization is attached to Australia's largest university and hosts a range of research projects specifically identifying, initiating, and coordinating a wide range of environmental research, specifically on climate change and environmental policy.
Tasks: Research and developing projects.
Testimonial: “My internship was easily the most meaningful in my life. The research I completed goes further than a single line on my resume; the experience has made so many unobtainable professional opportunities available. I can definitively say that I would not be in my current professional status if it were not for the work that I created under the guidance of [my supervisor].
I didn't make copies or coffee; my days were spent almost 100% on research. This internship gave me a project that was mine to put my name on; job interviews as a result are an absolute breeze.
[My supervisors at my internship] are the best people I have ever worked with. Clear with expectations and goals, it was easy to deliver what they needed. When it came down to doing more research and push expectations, I was trusted to take the reins and develop my own project. I was treated like a colleague with much more respect than I was due; I worked side-by-side with colleagues that had a decade of experience on me. It was humbling and valuable to be in this working environment.
I know I will never get another placement like this one. My supervisors treated me as family and repeatedly took me on excursions into the Blue Mountains.. I came very close to staying in Sydney because of how much I enjoyed this placement; I genuinely recommend it to any serious intern that is self driven.”
Where are they now: Grace is currently working as a Location Coordinator in London for Global Experiences!
Check out Gracie's GE blog post here!
Company: University of London
Field: Video Production
Description: Ghazaleh was placed in a film production company in Paris.
Tasks: Worked both behind the camera and appered in a video as a presenter. Was involved with all sides of TV and Film production
Testimonial: Back in October 2010 when I embarked upon my 5 month Film/TV Internship in the heart of Paris, little did I know what lay in store for me; the people I’d meet, the experiences I’d have, the cultural and linguistic integration I’d encounter.
Now 5 months on, I can safely say this entire experience has been incredibly mesmerizing and unforgettable; one that I will treasure forever. I have had the opportunity to not only work in film production, behind and in front of the camera, but also in journalism (a sub-divide of the company), translating and writing articles for presentation to France’s mainstream television channels.
Everyone has been so welcoming and always at hand when I have needed something.
I have walked away from this experience having made lovely friends and great contacts, offering to provide me with any help I may need in the future. Not to mention, I really loved meeting the other Global Experiences interns, who have been so great to me during my time in France. Thank you guys!
Thank you Global Experiences for making it all possible.
Where are they now:
Check out Ghazaleh's GE blog post!
Name: Christine W.
Company: UC Davis
Description: In 2008, I participated in Global Experiences’ International Internship program. The program provided me with the opportunity to visit a foreign country that has both a strong Business background and English as its native language. Since I was majoring in Business and did not speak any other language fluently, the opportunity was perfect. While in Sydney, I was able to work with Hotel Motel Association in the Central Business District. The program also arranged for my accommodation, which was a wonderful atmosphere to experience and within traveling distance to work.
Tasks: During my placement I created parts of a Human Resource Manual for the organizations members, researched current events to help keep staff members informed on Hospitality and Industrial Relations issues, worked on the newsletter and on operational tasks.
Testimonial: Overall, I found the program very rewarding. It gave me a unique opportunity to experience another culture from both a social and professional standpoint. Working in the city was a great opportunity for me as well as living in Sydney. I was able to see some great parts of Australia and meet many great people. The program takes you out of your comfort zone and allows you to develop skills that will benefit you in future endeavors when you return home. I would recommend going abroad to any student currently considering the option.
Where are they now: Just Completed her MBA
Description: After graduation, Global Experiences placed Ashley as a Marketing Intern in Rome, Italy, at a company that specializes in the design, production, promotion, and distribution of authorized museum reproductions, development services, including product and packaging design.
Tasks: I participated in graphic design projects, photography initiatives, product development, new product rollout, and inventory control. nstorming sessions trying to think of catchy slogans for Point of Sale displays for the products."
Testimonial: “My work [in Rome] was varied and rich. While my core responsibility was to help redefine the company's marketing strategy.The place was brimming with creativity.”
Where are they now: After her internship with Global Experiences's Ashley was hired by Italian Vogue in New York City where she worked for several years. Ashley now works for Vogue Magazine in Turkey.
Name: Danni Rosner
Company: Singer Songwriter
Description: "Based upon my English background, GE paired me with a tourist TV station that ran programs in both English and Italian. I went into my first interview with Sea Ten - initially interviewing to be helping with translation from English to Italian/Italian to English, but after a few days the boss man said "let's get you on the air!" And so...there I was, reporting in English and Italian on camera in the heart of Florence."
Tasks: Reporting, presenting, journalism
Testimonial: "It was December of 2006 - and I had 3 credits left to graduate. As you know - that's a pretty unstressful last semester, and I wanted to do something different other than let my last months of college disappear into a muddy cascade of senior bar crawls and bitter- sweet long goodbyes. So I googled internships and came across a wide array of programs and companies - but one in particular caught my eye, Global Experiences study/work abroad.
If you're the daughter of an attorney, you know that dad won't just go for anything - he needs a plan - one with direction and dedication. I knew that I wanted to go abroad, but I had to make it worth it. I grew up in Tokyo and we'd often go out of the country, take trips oversees - but all that pretty much stopped once we made the big move back to the States and I started high school...so I had a travel bug and it was time to get moving again.
I picked my country, city and called up GE's office to get more information - I even went to visit their home office to meet the people I'd be dealing with. It wasn't easy convincing my Father, but GE had the best of both worlds - a study abroad program where I'd learn the language and interviews for internships based upon my major and academic interests. He went for it, I went for it."
Where are they now: And that brings me to where I am now - the host of a national music viedo tv show, and a singer/song writer on my second album release
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