My experience with Global Experiences was amazing! The program spends a lot of time getting to know you by identifying your strengths and preparing you for a desired internship in your field. The relationships they build with companies is key to your success. Global Experiences is like having a friend who knows there's a position open (that you want!) and they're friends with the hiring manager. Their relationship with credible employers that provide quality internship experiences is what you're investing in.
My internship placement was spot on! I spent the summer as a PR intern at the largest integrated communications agency in the UK. I learned everything I wanted to know about working in a press office plus so much more! By the end of it I was not ready to leave as my colleagues were incredible and I felt like an essential part of the team.
London is an incredible global city with so much history, art and culture. There's tons to explore. That was my favorite part about London, exploring, you will stumble upon treasures everywhere you go from art exhibitions in the tube station, getting lost and having to find your way back but seeing things you normally wouldn't, vibing with the city and immersing yourself into their culture. You will learn so much about yourself.
My advice- You are going to the largest most expensive city in the world, it will challenge you! Embrace those challenges that is how you grow.
For your internship- research the company on every level; web, social and LinkedIn. Are you a good fit? Do you like the companies mission? What is the news saying about them? What does their social say to you? Make sure you know who you're working for, it will make a world of difference on how you spend your time abroad.
Make friends! GE does a fab job in pairing you with your flat mates so take the room mate questionnaire considerably and introduce yourself before arriving to share what you are interested in doing with your time abroad.
People in Britain tend to be more stand offish but embrace them be polite and ask questions/recommendations it will open conversations.
The housing is in a prime location next to the train station and it's in a safe/secure building.
-For packing bring toilette paper and a towel with you so you have something when you first arrive.
-Don't overpack. London is the best city for shopping either on High Street or Markets
- Factor in your cost of transportation, once you know where you'll be working figure out what it's going to take to get there.
- I set up the free month of Amazon Prime UK it came in handy for room essentials like a fan (OMG 2018 was the hottest summer in the UK a place where AC is like finding a unicorn make sure to get a fan asap if you're there during summer)
- Food is affordable. I did not cook one meal. I did buy a case of protein shakes that were equivalent to a full meal to supplement during the day if needed.
- Health. Keep your immune system up, you're being exposed to new germs and office cooties.