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Dream Careers

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Are you a college student looking to set yourself apart with a competitive internship? Do you want to spend a summer gaining experience in a top company? Entertainment industry in LA? Or in finance on Wall Street?

Dream Careers is an all-inclusive internship program for college students. Our programs eliminate the logistical challenges of relocating to a major city such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC, San Francisco, Miami, Boston, London, Barcelona or Hong Kong for summer as your tuition covers housing, a meal plan, weekend trips, career development activities and a custom internship at a top firm in your field.

Founded
2000
Headquarters

181 2nd Ave
San Mateo, CA 94401
United States

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Madison
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I was part of Dream Careers first summer in Paris and it couldn't have gone better!! Everything from start to finish was perfectly organized and thought out. I loved my internship in fashion and public relations, I bonded with my coworkers had meaningful work to do and was able to attend Paris fashion week. It was a great group of 15 of us all living in very nice, safe and clean studio apartments in Paris. The dinners and activities were a lot of fun, I particularly liked our day trip to Champagne where we got to visit vineyards. Dream Careers staff were always there for me when I needed them and were very helpful and kind. I couldn't have asked for a better summer that not only helped my career but was extremely memorable and allowed me to live the life of a Parisian.

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Margaret
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Getting the opportunity to live and work in a city like Paris is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Exposure to rich culture, learning to navigate a foreign city, finding new sources of inspiration, gaining work experience, and living outside your comfort zone - the benefits of this program go on. For me, being able to live independently in a new city was an incredible personal growth opportunity that I can honestly say made a huge impact on my life (as corny as that sounds!).

I had an internship in the Fashion industry and through this I gained first hand experience with the behind the scenes perspective of events and publicity. Interacting with people from all over the world was often one of the biggest challenges, but also one of the greatest rewards. I also believe my confidence grew significantly through my internship, as I made real-world decisions, collaborated on projects, gained feedback and felt a sense of accomplishment after a long day – things the classroom doesn't prepare you for.

I feel lucky I got to live and work in Paris and absolutely recommend this program to anyone looking to grow personally and professionally!

What would you improve about this program?
A lot of what you get out of this program is dependent on what you put into it and what you're intersted in. Gaining exposure to more professional speaker events would have been something I would have been interested in.
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Alexandra
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Interning abroad really helps to boost your CV for grad school, even more so if you plan to go into the arts, as internships in those areas can often be hard to find. Dream Careers makes it easy to find them though and they take all of the stress away from the process. I worked in a great film office and the letters of recommendation my bosses wrote for me have helped to get me into some of the best graduate film schools in the world. I looked at other programs beside Dream Careers, but none of them covered as much as Dream Careers does, like housing and support. This program is a very smart investment for your future.

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Sarah
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

If you want to explore a new city with new friends and have a fun summer all while building your resume, this is the program for you! I met like minded people who are ambitious and driven like myself, and feel that I grew as a person too. I know people who now work in their field of interest, at the companies they interned for, and even a few who graduated and got jobs with Dream Careers. I still keep in touch with friends I've made through the program.

One of my favorite aspects of the program is the weekly speakers.

If you are not a US citizen this program will help set you up with visa's and everything you need to work/live abroad.
If you are a US citizen, I would not suggest going into any sort of debt for this program. It's cheaper to find resume and interview advice online, apply yourself, and find your own housing for the summer.

If your goal is a career changing internship, that's not guaranteed. My advice, don't accept an internship if it is not the dream internship you are willing to pay for. I felt suckered into an internship I was unhappy with in Chicago, and had an unhelpful response when informing the Chicago coordinators. Once they receive your money, I personally feel they make less of an effort, so be confident before you commit to anything.

CHICAGO PROGRAM:
Loyola dorm we stayed in was in an amazing location right in the city with easy access to L/Metro/Subway. Most activities I did with friends I made through the program, there is SO MUCH TO DO IN THE SUMMER THERE... Millenium Park, The Bean, Boat Tours, Movies in Parks, the Beach (there's seriously a beach in the city... you turn around you are surrounded by skyscrapers), Museums, Go to top of Tallest Building - SkyDeck/Sears Tower, Festivals including Taste of Chicago, Pride Parade, and Lollapalooza. I believe the program took us to on a day boat tour, to a horse race, to a baseball game, and gave us a beautiful lake cruise as a final event.

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Gabby
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I interned at a fashion showroom in Manhattan called Estarise. What a fashion showroom basically is, is the liaison between the designer and buyers of department stores. It was an incredible experience because I was able to work one-on-one with the designers of the 14 ready to wear collections within the showroom. For example the shoe designer Charlene De Luca came in the most and I was able to merchandise her shoe collection for her and present my findings from my market research to her. My main project was to present market research for all 14 ready to wear collections the showroom had. What that meant is that I would research each individual designer researching price point, competition and locations of it sold. Then the best part is that I would go out in the 'field' or locations of it sold, usually barneys, saks, or bergdorfs, and first hand see where the product is, how popular the brand is, more competitors, interview sales associates ect.. Then I consolidated all my findings into one powerpoint per brand and presented it to the owner of the showroom and occasionally a designer.

No day in the showroom was the same, I helped A-List celebrities choose a gown for a gala, helped host a model 'go-see' in the showroom, helped dress models, sat in on buyer/vendor/designer meetings and compiled stockiest through excel.

I chose to work in a showroom because I want to become a buyer for a Big Box retailer so getting my foot in the door could not have been more perfect for me. Ultimately my dream came true, this internship provided me with unforgettable experience enough to receive my dream internship as a buyer/planner for Macys Corporate in NYC.

Aside from my internship, Dream Careers hosted so many great events in NYC. Even though I am from New Jersey I was a little nervous of being in NYC alone but the first day they give you a metro card and directions on how to get to work by using the subway. The location of the NYU dorms in Union Square is often called the heart of NYC because there is just so much culture and liveliness there. In addition Dream Careers hosts so many events to help experience all NYC has to offer. For example, we rode double decker tour buses around the city, went to the hard rock hotel to eat in times square, went to a broadway show, a yankees game and much more. They also host excursions on the weekend such as going to smorgasbord (an amazing food festival) in brooklyn, walking the brooklyn bridge, going to cony island and such. In addition, at least every week was an inspirational speaker.

What would you improve about this program?
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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

LaTasha Moore

LaTasha Moore is a 22 year-old graduate of Arkansas State University. She double majored in communication studies and Spanish. Currently, LaTasha works in Spain as an English language assistant for the Ministry of Education.
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How has this experience impacted your future?

Participating in the Dream Careers-Washington, D.C. internship program had a personal impact on my preparation for life. Because of my experiences in the program, I am now confident in my ability to successfully live anywhere in the world.

I am from a small, rural community in Arkansas and have never lived in a large city independently. So often I hear stories about people who go to “the big city” and quickly return home because they were not able to handle the change of pace or make wise decisions.

Living in the nation’s capital educated me about the necessary skills one needs to live on their own, especially if they are in a new environment.

Now I don’t fear living outside of familiar territory, which has led and will continue to lead me to new places.

Tell us about an experience you had that you could not have had at home.

I have been performing spoken-word poetry over the last few years and was able to perform an original piece at D.C.’s renowned restaurant Busboys and Poets. Spoken-word is an art form in which a poet creatively dramatizes a poem, and it often sounds conversational. Before participating in the Busboys and Poets event, I had performed spoken word throughout my home state but never in front of audiences I was not familiar with.

The D.C. crowd was diverse and mature. They were cultured. The performers were sincere and frank in their presentations. It was a new world for me. The experience helped me grow as a poet and exposed me to a variety of ways to present the art form. Additionally, listening to the pieces from other poets enabled me to gain knowledge about other perspectives of society.

What is one piece of advice you'd give future students traveling with your program?

I advise future participants in the Dream Careers-Washington, D.C. program to take FULL advantage of every opportunity the program provides. Not only did the organization secure internships for us, but they supplied access to weekly professional sessions, internship counseling, events, and trips.

Each activity and meeting enabled us to meet others and build relationships, which is invaluable when you are in a new city. Plus, participating in the events allowed us to gain knowledge and become a bit better prepared for the real world. They helped us grow professionally and socially.

You have already paid for everything the program organizes, so what not get your money’s worth?

Do you feel you got a chance to see the city from a local's perspective?

YES! YES! YES! The staff organized several local excursions and activities that enabled the program participants to discover the city on a personal level. We were more than tourists. We dined in a variety of local restaurants, such as Ben’s Chili Bowl, Good Stuff Eatery, and Burger Tap and Shake. We participated in a kickball tournament on the lawn of the Washington Monument.

Even the ways in which we traveled made us feel like genuine citizens. Each intern traveled to work on the subway, and we went a few places on the bus as a group. Plus, we typically walked to restaurants, which provided us with the opportunity to view the city’s varied neighborhoods.

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Stefan de Rougemont

Stefan de Rougemont is internship coordinator and program director with Dream Careers. Stefan manages the London and Paris Programs, and oversees program and internship placement thanks to his internship background that includes speaking multiple languages and working in both the U.S and in Europe. Stefan holds a BA in Economics and International business, and enjoys travel, film, golf, soccer and culture.

Did YOU intern abroad?! If so, where and what inspired you to go?

Stefan: I interned in New York for Morgan Stanley. It was a huge step for as a student studying in the UK. I was inspired by living in the big city, the U.S, and stepping outside my comfort zone.

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What does the future hold for Dream Careers - any exciting new programs to share?

Stefan: Experience is becoming more and more valuable due to the fast changing environment of the professional working world, so there is a growing demand from students and Universities to help facilitate this. In that sense there is a great opportunity for Dream Careers. Next year we have plans to launch a Paris program and possibly expand elsewhere in Europe.

Why is language learning and cultural immersion important to you?

Stefan: Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow, which goes a long way towards personal development and perspective. One of the greatest skills you can acquire is being able to communicate with the widest range of people with different personalities, cultures, and values. The more you are able to connect and understand people, the more this will help you in business and life.

What was your favorite traveling experience?

Stefan: I love travelling Europe and in particular the Mediterranean. It has such a varying landscape which always offers new places to explore within the coast. In particular the south coast of France as well as Greece are two of my personal favorites.

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