Global Experiences International Internships

Global Experiences

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Global Experiences believes that everyone deserves a career they love, and their mission is to help young people find their paths sooner in life. Global Experiences internship programs open doors for young people to enrich their lives personally and enhance their futures professionally. Along with exciting placements in many different locations, Global Experiences internships abroad provide the support to assure students of great, safe and educational experiences, and an award winning career development program to connect the dots between school and the professional world.

Since 2001, Global Experiences has established a network of over 7,000 alumni and has given students and recent grads the chance to gain concrete skills in their desired industry, meet industry contacts, and experience the 'real world' in a new location. Global Experiences' staff are all world travelers and live to pay it forward.

Founded
2001
Headquarters

14 Annapolis St
Annapolis, MD 21401
United States

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Tayler
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The summer I spent in London was easily the best summer of my life. The program advisor Carmen was so hopeful and always there when we needed anything, big or small. I met the most amazing people and got to work in a field I'm really passionate about. The city itself is filled with things to do, I didn't even have time to do it all and I was there for two months. There is so much opportunity in London since it is such a huge city. Their public transit (the tube and the bus) are super easy to navigate and fairly always clean. I traveled while I was there a few of the weekends since its so easy to fly or train to other major cities in Western Europe. I wish I could go back because nothing will compare to the friends and memories I made along the way.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Make friends with the people you are working with
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Haden
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Global Experiences in San Jose provided us an opportunity to explore an environment that was very different from what most of us were used to and in a way that gave us time to go explore on our own during many of the weekends (in addition to a few planned trips to places that were really unique and interesting). San Jose (and sometimes Costa Rica as a whole) was very different from what some of us expected and they were many weekends where we had really amazing and crazy adventures. We were able to explore so much, have so much fun and make lifelong memories along the way.

Besides our weekend and planned trips, we spent most of our actual time in San Jose at our internships. All of our internships were pretty different and unique (mine was an NGO working to organize girls' clubs in disadvantaged communities to prevent teen pregnancy), although some of us had shared experiences with similar work environments or focus areas. Our local coordinator, Mariel, was really helpful and really tried to set us up with the best suited internships but did so almost entirely with people or groups that she knew first-hand or second-hand or trusted would be great opportunities for us.

Mariel was very friendly and even organized a group-work day where we all went to a work-share area with a pool and shared about our work experiences and learned about each other, which was a great addition to our already-planned events. She also really tried to set me up with an additional internship in another field I'm really passionate about (i.e., indigenous issues) and although the opportunity did not pan out about because of lack of availability, she really tried to find me another opportunity on top of the one she had already set me up with, which was really generous and thoughtful, and I know future interns will be in great hands.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I wish we had started explored the rest of CR sooner, so that we could've had more opportunities and time spent traveling and exploring the (bio)diversity of Costa Rica.
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Mavis
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Global Experiences couldn't have done a better job with their internship program in New York City, in my opinion. Not only did they place me with an amazing company where I learned invaluable skills that will be useful in both my professional and personal life, but also allowed me to explore Manhattan in a way I'd always dreamed of. GE provided and set up many extracurricular activities throughout the summer, such as a trip to Philadelphia and a day at Coney Island, but also encouraged us to explore the city on our own terms. The location of our apartment building was amazingly convenient in terms of transportation and recreation in the Upper West Side; Central Park was only a few blocks away and all of the fun Downtown has to offer takes just a short subway ride to get to. I can't express my gratitude for Global Experiences enough; without them, I would not have had the most amazing and impactful summer of my life.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Probably being late for my first day of work (trust me, it was not intentional). My first day just so happened to be a rainy one, and the subway often runs late on rainy days. I ended up having to take an Uber from the Upper West Side to Chelsea, which, if you don't know already, is not only far away but a hefty charge. I learned to check the Weather app on my phone every night before work the next day so I would know if I'd need to leave earlier than usual. Also, downloading the Moovit app was tremendously helpful on weekends when I needed to use different subway lines to get around the city.
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Bella
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I am super thankful that I was able to join the Global Experiences London internship program this summer and I would highly recommend it to anyone! The GE staff are amazing, especially our on-site coordinator Carmen who always went the extra mile to make us feel at home. She organized fantastic social activities and provided us with all the support and information that we needed to make our experience in London memorable! I was really nervous because I had signed up for the program very close to the deadline but the GE team did a great job at finding an internship that I would enjoy and that was related to my field. The living situation wasn't the best but the location was amazing and thanks to the roommate questionnaire that we had to take, prior to the start of the program, I ended up having the best roommates ever! Overall, I had an amazing summer and I am so glad for all the friends I made along the way!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
I would tell them to pack light because there are going to be so many opportunities to shop abroad. Before they arrive they should email their company and ask about the dress code because the business culture in London is more relaxed than you would expect. Otherwise, I would just say be open to new experiences and take every opportunity that is presented!
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David
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Global Experiences staff provided outstanding support throughout the program. My internship was a perfect match for my interests and skill level and will be a fantastic platform on which to build my future career. Working with people from different international backgrounds gave me an insight into the great diversity of opportunities in the USA. There are so many amazing places to explore in D.C. and 8 weeks was only just enough time to fit everything in. Thankfully the cultural events organised during the program provided plenty of opportunities to experience this incredible city and discover new things while having fun and getting to know other interns. It can be an expensive place to live but the advice and recommendations provided before and during the program enabled me to make the most of my time in the USA and sample the huge variety of food, music, museums and networking opportunities on offer.

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Alumni Interviews

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

Tovah Bloomfield

Tovah is from Toronto, Canada. She is a Senior at Carleton University. majoring in Political Science with a minor in Communications Studies. Tovah was a Government/Policy Intern in Washington, DC. She is hoping to move on to Graduate School, pursing a Masters in Public Policy.

Why did you choose this program?

I chose this program because it had a reasonable balance of work and play. I was able to have fun, while still developing the skills and tools I needed in the workforce. I liked that there was always something to do, outside of working, in the city. Although the overall DC culture places great emphasis on professionalism, a lot of individuals love to get out and have a good time. This program reflected that balance.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

Global Experiences assisted with career readiness (interview prep, resume building, etc.), provided details about the culture one is being immersed into, Visa assistance, and provide support and answers to any questions i had. I never felt alone or i didn't have enough support to help me succeed while working abroad. If one person did not know the answer I've always been redirected to someone who could provide me with the assistance I needed.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

My biggest advice is to be open minded. Saying yes to an opportunity whether it's going out to an event, meeting new people, traveling somewhere new is allowing yourself to step out of your comfort zone. Saying yes to a happy hour is so beneficial, you never know how that individual can help you along the way. Turning down too many opportunities is something I regretted. It may be scary at first to go out into an unfamiliar city but you’ll never regret it.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

An average week in the program is going to your placement during the week and on the weekends the interns will go on a small trip or go to an event or activity in the city, and there was always something to do! So many options.

The coordinators check in every week and it’s comforting to know that you have a support system in the city you aren’t familiar with.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear was asking for help in any way. I was so scared to admit if I messed up or got lost or didn't know how to do something and being judged for it. But I learned quickly that not everyone has all the answers and it’s okay to mess up and ask for assistance. It’s better to ask and get the help I need than struggle. It allowed me to become more resilient and a grew a lot of patience for things that were different from back home or things I didn't understand. Always ask for help.

Is there any other advice you'd like to share with prospective travelers?

A last bit of advice would be:

  1. Pay attention to your surroundings, it will help you blend in with the culture, understand social cues, and learn how people interact with one another.
  2. Don’t get too frustrated if things aren’t going the way as planned. Just take it day by day. Things will naturally iron itself out. Solutions will come to you.

Staff Interviews

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

Lydia Theologus

Lydia spent her senior year of college interning abroad in Florence, Italy for a Tuscan Wine Touring company. After graduating, she wanted to help other young professionals have the same life-changing experiences. At GE, Lydia's favorite job tasks are showcasing their interns' amazing experiences abroad on their platforms.
Lydia Theologus

What is your favorite travel memory?

When thinking of my favorite travel memories, an array of breathtaking new sights, laughter, stepping out of my comfort zone, and spending time with unforgettable people flashes through my mind. One memory that combines all four aspects was during my time interning abroad in Florence, Italy.

My roommates and I took a day trip to visit Cinque Terre, the string of centuries-old villages on the Italian Riviera coastline. After exploring Riomaggiore (picture the famous shot of colorful houses on a seaside cliff), the beach town of Monterosso al Mare was next on our list. The furthest villages away from each other, there were two options for methods of transportation: the train, or a strenuous 7.5 mile hike that could take up to 5 hours. While most of the group opted for the train, my roommate from Amsterdam was feeling adventurous and asked me to join her in the hike.

Together, we braved through climbing, descending, narrow passages, and steep, uneven stone steps. Though it was exhausting, the trek was well worth it as we discovered incredible views of the coast, lush olive groves, and exotic plants and flowers.

My favorite part was coming across a quaint stand selling limoncello during one of the descents, manned by a sweet old Italian man. While I may have regretted thinking that taking a limoncello shot in the middle of a 5-hour hike would be refreshing, I’ll never regret that I said yes to a new adventure that would turn into a cherished memory.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I started working at Global Experiences fresh out of college, eager to learn and take on responsibilities. While I've gained technical skills such as learning how to code and Photoshop, I've also learned valuable soft skills that I'll have with me for the years to come. I've gained organizational skills and become more confident in my decision making. Through being welcomed to give new ideas and input, my creativity has also been able to grow.

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

I'm lucky to be able to work with many of our alumni and interns while they're abroad and capturing their stories and experiences. I get to hear a lot of awesome perks that our interns receive from working hard at their internships, but my favorite was when our Barcelona Fashion Business intern, Olivia V., attended the 080 Barcelona Fashion Show for work. She was interviewed by Elle Magazine, and was featured on their next issue!

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

This question is perfect for me because I have gone on one of GE's internship abroad programs!

Fall of my senior year, I had a marketing internship abroad in Florence, Italy for 3 months. Studying abroad in Italy had always been a dream of mine, and Florence seemed like the perfect choice for many reasons. I wanted to experience a different culture, and knew that Florence had so much art, history and architecture to offer for me to learn and explore. For my first time living abroad, I wanted to live somewhere that was easy to get around in, yet was also an easy gateway to explore the rest of the country and Europe. The language barrier did not bother me either because I heard that Italians were friendly and just appreciated you trying to speak their language.

Upon arriving, these reasons proved to be right on all accounts. Interning in Florence, Italy was everything that I could have dreamed of and more!

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

I find Global Experiences to be unique because of how passionate every member of our team is about our mission. We've all had life-changing experiences abroad, and want to help young professionals gain a worldly perspective while enhancing their career path. We truly care about every single intern that goes through our program and are dedicated to finding the best possible match for them from pre-departure to when they're on the ground. I felt that myself as I was going through the Florence program, and was confirmed once I started working behind the scenes at GE.

I was especially proud of my team when we pledged to donate $20,000 every year in scholarships to interns. We want to make this experience accessible to as many students as possible, and to make this official was really exciting.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

I believe that the biggest factor in being a successful company is to value your customers and always put their best interests first. It's important to ask for their feedback, listen, and act on it. No one knows their customer journey better than they do. Using their data to create useful, personalized experiences for others is okay, but it's important not to abuse their data. A successful business starts and ends with valued customers.

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