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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

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Jasmin
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Despite the circumstances of COVID-19, Global Experiences has provided me with a invaluable opportunity that has allowed me to be productive and stay focused on upskilling and gaining professional experience with an international company. It has been such a unique learning experience and I really enjoyed the how engaging and enriching the whole process was. I thoroughly enjoy my internship and it has definitely increased my industry knowledge for which I’m grateful for. The support system at GE is amazing and they have provided me with great guidance throughout my journey!

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Taylor
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I was very excited to go abroad and study in Ireland, but with the effects of Covid-19, my plant changed. It still ended up being such an incredible experience that I would not take back for anything. I loved the start-up company that I worked for in Barcelona called, Ecolocal Market, and am so glad I had this opportunity. The founders of Ecolocal who I worked with were incredible and very helpful in helping integrate into the company for the summer. I would not have wanted to be paired with anyone else. I even decided to stay on past the internship date to help them more! If you are on the fence about doing an abroad experience with Global Experiences (GE) do not hesitate and go for it! I had an amazing time with a completely virtual experience, so I know that an in-person experience would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The most nerve-wracking thing was feeling confused and a little behind due to the time difference and the complete online experience. There was several times, where I would stay up very late just to make sure that things were done at the proper time for Spain. I know this wasn't required, but it felt important to me. I really struggled at times with feeling like I wasn't doing enough or wasn't completely in the loop, but I realized that my team understood that and was willing to be flexible and accomdating. This was very encouraging and I couldn't have gotten a better placement. This opportunity, while it was a challenge, was something that really helped pushed me out of my comfort zones and made me more confident in myself. I am so glad I had this opportunity, thank you Global Experiences!
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Iracely
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I really enjoyed my experience in Global Experiences and everything I was able to learn while being supported by the amazing staff. Something I always looked forward to and loved was meetings and activities scheduled for us to tune into where we got the opportunity to connect virtually and feel motivated as others are on the same boat on interning from home. Learning about work cultures from across the world, adjusting to working from home, and professional/personal development sessions kept me inspired along the journey. As my internship was abroad and being able to connect in virtual platforms it gave me the ability to learn and apply skills that will forever be valuable in everything I do.

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Julia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The most notable aspect of this program was the Global Experiences staff. Beginning with the application process and continuing throughout the length of my internship, the staff were extraordinarily helpful and caring. They were there to answer any and every question, and they offered advice and activities designed to advance my professional skills and build long-lasting connections. The program gave me an incredibly valuable experience during an otherwise uncertain summer and built skills which will be useful for the rest of my professional life.

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Adam
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My experience this summer as a virtual intern was rewarding and allowed me to gain valuable experience I would otherwise not have had, both within the internship itself and in adapting to the virtual setting. The Global Experiences team did a great job of quickly adjusting the program once it became clear that in-person internships would no longer be possible, and they provided remote-work training that will surely prove useful in future positions. Despite the challenges, they were still able to place me with a state senator from New York which gave me the government/political experience I wanted. They also continued to provide the international experience portion of the internship that they are known for by holding virtual events such as cooking classes, virtual city tours, and conversations with international business owners. It's safe to say that Global Experiences will provide you a great experience regardless of the circumstances!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice for future participants would be to stay open minded and flexible because things out of your control may change suddenly! The GE team is really good at being able to adapt, as this summer proved, but you need to be as well. Don't necessarily get set on a single plan for how everything will go because chances are there will be some changes along the way.

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Alumni Interviews

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

Why did you choose this program?

I joined this program for a billion reasons but for the sake of the people reading this I’ll try to shorten it down. After traveling to Spain on a family trip over the summer, I developed the travel bug. No one in my family had ever studied abroad but I couldn’t find a reason not too. Besides traveling, making new friends, and living my life to the fullest...I’ll be attending grad school in a year and they rank international work very high. Just a little added bonus :)

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

Salisbury University does a fantastic job taking most of the organization out of my hands. My only tasks consisted of getting a few forms signed, a few phone calls with the global experiences team (resume prep, skill building, etc.), and then completing an interview for my internship. The school was very supportive and made sure I was on top of my tasks. They were always there to answer my questions and put me at ease.

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

I have 2 big pieces of advice
1. SAY YES TO EVERYTHING! Even if something isn’t up your alley, try something new. That being said, try to cross one big thing of your To Do list every week. Also, download the “Pin Drop” app. It marks everything you want to do on a map. SUPER CONVENIENT!
2. Don’t except an internship if it’s not exactly what you’re looking for. I personally loved my internship but one of my roommates didn’t step up and say that she didn’t like the internship they lined up for her. This program is extremely accommodating and will find an internship you’ll love. They’re really big on having a 10 out of 10 experience.

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

My internship was very different in hours compared to everyone else. Most internships are 9-5 from Monday-Friday. Most days after work, I’d try to get together with the other people in the program and grab dinner or do a small activity. On the weekends I always tried to do something BIG. By doing this, I crossed off everything on my list!

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 actually commuting to my job. I found out a month before going to Australia that my internship was 2 hours away by transit (most are local). I didn’t find out until the week before I got to Australia (when my boss emailed me) that she picks me up and drops me off from work 3 days of the week. Global experiences knew this too but I didn’t ask. I simply uberpooled (HIGHLY RECOMMEND) the other days. Most of the time I saved 50% off my Uber fee and they didn't pick anyone else up. I realized that commuting to work wasn’t even worth fearing. If you’re uneasy about something, talk to the global experiences staff or email your employer.

What were your favorite things you did in Australia?

-Camping in the Blue Mountains
-Figure 8 Pools
-Sydney Bridge Climb
-Great Barrier Reef (a little piece of advice, you’ll want 3-4 days here at least!)
-Melbourne Cup in Melbourne!
-Glow worm caves
-Holding a Koala and Feeding Kangaroos at the Gold Coast
-Grounds of Alexandria
-Wine tasting in Hunter Valley
-Chinese Garden of Friendship

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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