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

Reviews

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Lindsey
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Deciding to do an internship in New York City was probably one of the best decisions I could have ever made for myself. My internship placement was amazing and it was so great to be able to apply what I have learned in college to the real working world. I highly recommend this for graduating students and recent graduates.
I've built solid, quality friendships that have impacted me in the best ways possible and are connections I will take with me for the rest of my life! Aside from gaining incredible experience through my internship and building strong friendships, what a lot of people don't talk about is the personal growth. These 3 months, I pushed myself out of my comfort zone, allowing myself to grow more as a person. I'm definitely coming home feeling like more of a solid person than when I had left, thanks to this experience!

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Alessandra
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I am so glad I chose GE to do this experience with. I wouldn’t have been able to work abroad without their help! Carmen, our on site counselor, came up with such fun events and it was a pleasure meeting the entire group of GE students. As with most large cities, housing isn’t always great. But GE found a great student accommodation for us that was private, clean, and safe. GE matched me with the perfect internship for my career goals and I am so thankful for the experience to work in finance in London. St. Paul’s was definitely a fantastic area to work in with many restaurants and pubs around. If you are considering London with GE - it will definitely be worth it. Be sure to ask any questions you may have to your GE advisor as they are always willing to help.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
As with any large city, it’s easy to feel like you are all alone. If I could give one piece of advice it would be to really immerse yourself in your work environment and with your work colleagues in order to get the most out of the experience. Also, make buddies with your fellow GE colleagues as they will always be there!
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Allison
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

As a rising senior in college, I am extremely grateful to have gained this worldly opportunity through Global Experiences. Throughout my time in London living and interning, I always felt supported by my professionally-motivated peers/new friends as well as my AMAZING and KIND on-site GE coordinator Carmen. There were times where I definitely missed my family back home while I was abroad, and Carmen was always there to make me feel better and offer a needed support system for the 12 weeks in London. She set up such fun activities and trips, such as those to Cambridge, Brighton, and around London itself. My personal favorite was Cambridge and going on the traditional punting tour around the beautiful and historical grounds. I am so happy with the outcome of my internship experience in London because of the amazing GE intern friends I made, the cultural experience I lived, and of course the mentor I know have - Carmen! Thank you so much Global Experiences!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice to future travelers within this program is to truly be open-minded to your host city and embrace the cultural changes. This is a unique opportunity to experience the world through a different lens. Follow your passions and learn as much as you can from your surroundings and new people you meet!
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Savannah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I loved every moment of my placement organized by Global Expirences. I felt supported from the first day I made contact with them about the possibility of taking an internship in London and I never looked back. The on-site staff was amazing and always made me feel safe. On one occasion where I found myself needing support, my on-site advisor in London, Carmen, was there as fast as she could be and held my hand every step of the way. You will never feel alone or lost if you decide to partake in a GE program. The staff that is a part of GE takes you in as their own and makes sure that you have a 10/10 experience throughout the entirety of the program. They organize social events so that you can get to know the other interns in the program, and I know this played a large role in providing professional relationships as well as friendships that will last a lifetime. From traveling together on weekends to just having someone to eat dinner with after work, I always felt like I had someone nearby. I will always remember this experience as one of the best times in my life filled with growth, learning and adventure.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Remember to immerse yourself in your new cultural environment. Make friends in your host country and don’t focus on what is so different compared to what you are used to. Use the opportunity to grow and discover new ways of doing things.
Junivia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This internship abroad was one of the best experiences I've had. GE made the process simple and all the staff members that helped throughout the process were really supportive. Our location coordinator (Carmen) made our time in London worthwhile. Not only was she helpful and gave great advice on the internship but she made sure we were enjoying the trip and consistently checked in on us. She would also send us lists of things to do while we were in London. We were able to visit places like Cambridge and Brighton. The events that they had for us was a great way for us to spend time with the other interns and talk about our placements. We were only here for about 4 months but the memories we have and the experience we've gained will stay with us for our future endeavors. Not only did I appreciate the internship but the people I've met and all the things I've got to do along the way!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Don't go into this with any expectations apart from enjoying your time. Once you have an open mind you'll be able to appreciate everyone you meet and all the places you'll see!

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Alumni Interviews

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

Anna Morris

Anna has California roots but grew up in the Midwest. When not at her desk, you'll find Anna on a weekend road trip or eating where Yelp tells her to. Anna lived and studied in a castle in England, completed a maymester in South Africa, and worked at St. Cloud State University.

two girls talking on a rooftop Plaça Reial barcelona

Tell us a little about your experience working with Global Experiences.

I am currently an Account Manager at Go Overseas. Recently, I was able to shadow the Global Experiences program in Barcelona. This interview is a reflection of my experiences during the site visit.

I’ve worked with Global Experiences for the past three years and have met a lot of their stellar employees at various conferences, over Skype calls, etc. The majority of the time, I liaise with the marketing team as my role at Go Overseas encompasses partner success.

Being able to visit Global Experiences in Barcelona provided an excellent opportunity to learn more about their day-to-day programming (an area I’ve been very intrigued to know more about!). I learned a lot from their Barcelona staff -- as their areas of expertise are completely different from my own. There is so much to know within the areas of student development and program operations.

What stood out to you about this program specifically?

Being able to step away from my desk and see what it’s like to manage and nurture interns while they’re abroad opened my eyes a lot. As I’m in touch with hundreds of organizations (dozens of intern abroad companies alone) I had a hunch that there was an immense amount of heart (and sweat!) that went into these programs -- from the initial interview, to the placement, all the way through to job references in the future. I had no idea just how much, though.

What stood out to me about Global Experience’s program in Barcelona was the amount of care and concern that their team pours into their participants. Even well beyond their internship abroad -- these students are supported and have a lifelong network to reference.

What were your observations about the current interns in Barcelona?

To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect meeting the current interns. Would they be mature? Hardworkers? Travel-savvy students? Or the opposite? One of the many takeaways that I learned from the GE Barcelona Director was how much work goes into their intern selection process prior to even interviewing for the internships.

When an intern is selected for the program, the GE team works incredibly hard to find an internship placement in the student’s field of interest AND matches the type of work that they want to do day-to-day. On top of that, they’re vetting organizations that will provide a nurturing and positive experience for their interns.

GE doesn’t want to partner with an organization in Barcelona that gives their interns “busy work” or doesn’t foster a learning environment to further their students’ professional development skills. The Barcelona Director consistently takes advantage of local networking opportunities and events to find great organizations for her interns to be placed in.

To further this -- if the intern doesn’t have any Spanish skills, Global Experiences seeks to find a supervisor whom the student can effectively communicate with.

Once an intern is placed in a company, the GE Barcelona team checks in on the student's and supervisor’s progress and assists where they can, while fostering the intern’s independence and professional development skills.

Throughout the internship, the GE students have opportunities to participate in several cultural events around Barcelona. I had the privilege to experience Gaudí's famous Park Güell with the current cohort.

Needless to say, the GE team works very hard to meet all their participant, placement and program criteria. Thus, the type of student that this program attracts is typically driven, culturally-sensitive and mature. I personally experienced this with the cohort that I met.

Any advice for future interns based on your site visit?

Learn a little Spanish! Even better, if you’re able to hone basic conversation skills ahead of applying for the Global Experiences program -- the internship placement opportunities will be even greater. Spanish is not a requirement for this program by any means, but I wanted to mention this as advice I’d want to know so I could maximize my planning process and my time abroad.

Not to mention, getting around Barcelona and traveling throughout Spain is a lot more fun when you can talk to the locals in Spanish. It’s a great ice-breaker and being bilingual is a very advantageous skill to acquire (or hone) regardless.

Staff Interviews

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

Daniel Elias Bliss

Job Title
Content Optimization Coordinator
Growing up in the Army, travel has always been Dan Elias Bliss’s life. Even after going to eleven different schools and living around the world, his wanderlust couldn’t be cured. At Global Experiences, Dan writes about the world, careers, interns’ stories, and travel.
Daniel Elias Bliss

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favorite travel memory has to be my internship abroad through Global Experiences. I had a journalism internship in Stockholm, Sweden and it was the best professional experience I could have ever wished for. Every minute in Sweden felt like a dream come true. The people were incredible, the city was beautiful, there was always something new to experience, and I had never been happier.

Interning in Sweden helped me grow professionally and personally. I gained more confidence, improved my writing skills, and walked away a better person. Without a doubt, I can say Stockholm was the best experience of my entire life.

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

Working at Global Experiences has been an extremely interesting and rewarding experience. I came in as an intern, but over the course of a few months, I became a full-time employee. Originally, my skillset was primarily writing, but at GE I’ve been able to expand my skill set and learn so much more. My SEO and marketing skills have grown leaps and bounds. I've been able to learn so much and at the same time bring my original ideas to the table.

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

At GE, we all love hearing about our interns' experiences. In my role, I'm lucky to not only hear about every intern's journey, but also get to write about them. I've written a bunch of student experience blogs that highlight an intern's journey from beginning to end. It's hard to pick a favorite because every intern's story is unique and special.

One that really stood out to me was a summer intern in Barcelona named Ryan. He worked extremely hard to make sure he could go on the program. Interning abroad helped him follow his dream and take positive steps in his career. I got to write a student experience blog about him, and it was great to hear how much the program changed his life.

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

If I had to do the program all over again, I would choose Stockholm every time. I loved the city so much, and it really was the perfect place to intern. I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything in the world.

However, if I got to do the program a second time, I would go to San José, Costa Rica. San José has some great opportunities and sounds like an exciting place to intern. There’s a lot to explore and experience in San José that is much different than what I’m used to.

I’m a big believer that interning abroad is about stepping outside your comfort zone and experience something new. Stockholm forced me to do that, and I think San José would provide a similar experience.

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

From the tailored internships to the career coaching, and so much more, there is a lot that makes GE unique. However, I think the thing that separates us most is how much we care about each intern. We’re not here to find any random internship for an intern. We’re here to find the perfect internship for each intern. Each member of the GE team works to make sure that every student/young professional has a once in a lifetime experience. From what I’ve seen and experienced, there isn’t a company out there that cares about their interns as much as Global Experiences does.

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

I don’t think there is one factor that causes a company to be successful. However, I think a lot of it comes back to caring about each intern and treating them as an individual. In our business, you have to understand no two interns are the exact same and they’re all looking for different experiences. We have to continually remember that in order to be successful. Caring about each intern doesn’t just mean we’ll provide incredible experiences, but it also ensures we’ll have more students and young professionals come to us looking for similar experiences abroad.

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