Ironically, I decided to pursue an internship in Brazil while I was studying abroad in London, UK during my junior year at Susquehanna University. You can say that I got the international travel bug and it did not end with a few months in Europe. My internship opportunity originated with the Eric Stein Fellowship program offered by the Sigmund Weis School of Business to support students for international internships. The fellowship assisted with the airfare, housing costs, and basic living costs.
I first learned about International Internships from my program advisor and conducted research on the potential internships that the company could connect me to. I chose Brazil due to its diverse culture and growing economy. My internship criteria included a focus on finance and international business experience. After I was notified of my placement, I decided to take the risk of interning in another country for several weeks, and I am still benefiting from the decision today.
International Internships helped me organize my internship contact information, plan my travel arrangements, ensure proper visa paperwork, and find suitable housing. I learned that due diligence for the proper visa paperwork is critical because Brazil has strict visa requirements. It was great to have an advocate assist in the process because I did not have to worry about finalizing all of the internship logistics. My internship supervisor was given my contact information a few months prior to my planned arrival, which gave me confidence in my placement and experience.