Staff Spotlight: Joe Dwyer

Assistant Director, Internship Program

What is your favorite travel memory?

There are many, but one that comes to mind is taking a sleeper train overnight from Tangier to Marrakech, Morocco, and watching the sun come up from the top bunk.

Although it wasn't that long ago relatively (2001), the train was very old and a little rickety, and being in a bunk and looking out the window at the sunrise over an ancient landscape felt a little timeless, like something out of an early 20th century novel.

I've been lucky enough to travel pretty widely in my time living in the UK, so there are other similar memories elsewhere, but that one jumped out at me so why not!?

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

There are so many wonderful stories that we hear from both returning students as well as ones on our programs here for the first time.

A great thing about London is that there are so many good travel options. It is obviously well located for travel on the European continent, but of course we find many students taking the time on weekends and breaks to explore the British Isles as well, not to mention the inexhaustible interests of this ancient city, which even after 24 years I never cease in finding new and fascinating things to explore. It's really a wonderful place to spend an extended period of time in.

If you could go on any program that your institution offers, which one would you choose and why?

Arcadia offers a breadth of programming across such a wide range of destinations all over the world, that it is very difficult to choose.

I've never been down under before so would perhaps think about New Zealand or Australia, which of course sound amazing, and to have an extended period to immerse oneself there sounds like an incredible experience.

What makes your institution unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

I'm particularly proud of how immersive the Arcadia London Internship Program is for students.

Our semester program is 14 weeks, which includes being out in the internship placement 3 days per week for 10 weeks. This obviously gets students into the London work environment for some of their time, but in addition to this the internship students have the option of undertaking up to 2 classes simultaneously with one of our London hybrid partner universities, which gets them in to the classroom alongside UK and international students.

It provides a great opportunity for an international experience, while also providing an excellent sense of home and community alongside the support staff in our London Center and student body.