Global Experiences International Internships

Global Experiences

About

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

Reviews

Jannene
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I am so glad I chose Global Experiences (GE)! They leave no stone unturned in preparing you for success. My culinary employment was absolutely perfect! I was able to learn all aspects of culinary arts in an amazing establishment complete with an upscale grocer, wine cellar, delicatessen, cafe, butcher, catering, and fine dining. The accommodations were brand new and very nice. This program far exceeded my expectations. Dublin is easy to settle into. I felt very safe in this incredible international city.

I would highly recommend GE without any hesitation. I experienced numerous once in a lifetime moments and will forever have wonderful memories of GE, Heyday Student Living, Dublin, and Ireland.

Julia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I loved my experience in Barcelona! The global experiences staff is very adherent to what you want from your internship. My internship placement was perfect for me because not only was I able to intern, I was also able to take Spanish classes. I really wanted to improve my Spanish while abroad and I was able to do that. The apartment was great too, it was in a central part of the city and everything was very easy to get to. The GE staff was also great and always made their best effort to help me with whatever I needed. I would strongly recommend this program!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Make the most of your time in Barcelona! Three months sounds like a long time but it isn't!
Alexandria
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I am so happy that I made the decision to study abroad through global experiences! Halfway through my internship, the fashion marketing company I was working for shut down their showroom. Kristi, my location coordinator, instantly found me a new internship and made the process go as smoothly as possible.

I was very lucky and got an amazing random roommate whom I became very close with. I also got to know other interns in the group through the social events that the program put together for us. Kristi made an effort to get us all together as much as possible.

Overall, I really enjoyed this program and would recommend it to everyone. Global experiences ensures a very safe housing situation as well as helps through any troubles you may have!!

Deven
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Overall, my experience in Dublin was very positive. GE gave great support throughout the entire application and interview process. Once in Dublin, the move in was seamless and we were given the opportunity to meet everyone in the program casually. I really enjoyed my internship, which was exactly what I envisioned from the beginning. I got hands on experience and the opportunity to be fully immersed in the business world here, despite only being a junior in college. Other than the internship, GE organized so many activities which were spur of the moment or planned. My favorite was most likely the Belfast trip, where we got to do the Black Cab tour. Also, the scavenger hunt was so much fun and brought us to places in the city that we didn’t even know existed. My only issue with the program was the accommodation, which had great facilities. However, the administration there was very strict (they were encouraging a safe atmosphere) and made it seem as though we needed to check in for everything we did in the city. As the semester progressed, the accommodation only got stricter. However, it was in a great location and the rooms were brand new. Dublin is the most amazing city and GE made it possible for me to experience it.

What would you improve about this program?
The only thing that I would improve is the housing.
Indiana
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I found Global Experiences while searching for an internship program to complete during my gap year. The program helped me especially in building my resume/cv as a young professional who had just graduated high school. Not only did GE help me prepare myself to be a professional through preparing my application and interview techniques, but they also connected me with a dream job. GE matched me with a company so perfectly, I would recommend to anyone seeking to gain professional experience to apply to GE. Three months is a short time for an internship and to be living in and exploring a new city so make sure you take advantage of every opportunity! Take advantage of GE's organized social events as well so that you have a base of peers and can easily explore the city you're based in.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Take advantage of being of your internship and living and working in a new city!

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

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

Nick Kundrat

Nick is a passionate young student with a drive to help others improve their health. He studies exercise science and has experience with exercise physiology, nutrition, movement, physical therapy and strength/conditioning. He finds great joy in traveling and experiencing new cultures and finds it to be VITAL to reach optimal overall wellness.

Why did you choose this program?

Growing up, I didn't have the luxury of being a world-wide traveler, and this trip (at 21 years of age) was actually my first time leaving my home country of the United States. I was wary about spending 3 months on the other side of the world away from my family and friends but knew that an opportunity like this may not come again.

My internship placement in Australia was amazing, and I was able to expand my personal and professional skill set, all while making amazing friends and traveling around a beautiful country.

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

Being a part of a program like this made the transition to a new country smooth and without issues. The program included an amazing program coordinator living in Sydney who was always around for help and to take us on amazing pre-planned weekend trips. Our housing was all set up for us upon arrival, which was great to avoid the hassles of finding an apartment on my own.

The program was also great with assisting with my internship placement itself, and it was fantastic to have someone on the ground in the host city to communicate with them directly, rather than playing phone tag or lagging email threads. Not to mention the best part, the amazing group of other students whom I stayed with. It was great to have such a tight-knit group of adventurous people to go on this adventure with, who have now become some of my closest friends.

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

It may be a change of scenery in a new country, but not to worry: Sydney is an extremely friendly city full of amazing people. Also, the flight to AUS may seem long (and it is), but if you come prepared, it's not bad at all. Make sure you consistently get up and move around the cabin, and come prepared with downloaded music, movies, books, etc. Other than that, I recommend getting out of your comfort zone as much as possible.

I grew the most on this trip by putting myself out there and doing things I never would normally do, and I couldn't be more thankful for it.

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

Everyone in my group has different internships, so everyone's schedules were a bit different. My internship placement was pretty full-on and I was working 9-5 5 days per week. However, I loved my placement, which was working as an exercise physiologist at a clinic in Sydney.

had the chance to work with people with chronic conditions and help use exercise and lifestyle changes to help treat them. It was great being immersed with the locals and the other students and I learned so much about myself and the internship was able to help guide my future career path.

My weekends were always packed full of traveling around Sydney itself, usually the beaches, or traveling elsewhere in Australia (Great Barrier Reef, Blue Mountains, etc.).

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

I've been living with Type 1 Diabetes since age 4, so for me personally my biggest worry was about my medication and making sure I was always stocked on my treatment supplies. However, as I had no issues bringing all my medications on the flights, storing it, or getting new medications while in Sydney. Everything was smooth sailing!

Did you pick up an accent or any Aussie Slang?

As a matter of fact, I did. I now find myself using new words and phrases, which often leave my American friends pretty confused.

As I mentioned earlier, I was immersed with the locals and students for 40 hours of the week for 12 weeks, so I was around people speaking with Aussie accents all the time. I now catch myself using classic Australian slang words like "I reckon" (I think) and "heaps" (lots of) all the time now. Which I actually quite like, as it's a little piece of this new country that I love that really stuck with me!

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.

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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