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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Alexis
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I just recently got back from a 3 month long internship in Milan. My internship was in fashion business. I had an amazing time and was very satisfied with my experience with GE. I worked in a showroom and got to work with buying, social media, and learn more about the fashion industry. I was there during fashion week and I was even lucky enough to get to experience shows and events during fashion week.
I got a lot of work experience at my internship and useful thing to take forward with me. The placement fit well for me and I enjoyed where I worked. I lived relatively near my work and the commute was easy. GE location coordinators always checked up on us and was very helpful throughout the time there. I really enjoyed my internship and time in Milan.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Put in effort to learn about the culture, people, & language because it will make your experience so much better!

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Taylor
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This was truly a once in a lifetime experience. I went all over Australia including Sydney, Melbourne, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Gold Coast. Everywhere I went just continued to blow me away. I truly loved diving in to the Aussie culture and I’m sure all my friends and family back home will look at me funny when I start saying “mate”, “cheers”, and “brekkie” all the time. My internship was for a nonprofit yoga foundation that offers free yoga to people effected by mental illness, domestic abuse, homelessness, etc.. I had two of the nicest bosses in the world and learned so much. It even inspired me to want to teach yoga to people struggling with mental health during my gap year. From the city to the people here, there’s nothing not to love. I came here knowing no one and I’ve left with friends that will last a lifetime.

What would you improve about this program?
There are no medical internships in the Sydney program. I would definitely look into it becoming an option because my internship wasn’t suited for my future profession.
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Jennykate
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

jennykate Pritzker <[email protected]>
Nov 13, 2019, 2:03 PM (6 days ago)
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I had an amazing time living and working in Sydney. It's a vibrant city with so many options for how you want to spend your time. The people are kind and the weather is great. Working with global experiences was super easy and I loved all the people who I worked with. The location coordinator, Andrea, is my favorite person ever and she makes the adjustment easy and the rest of the trip fun. I got meet and live with some amazing people. This experience was incomparable to anything else because it gave me the ability to grow and become apart of my professional field, while also giving me the opportunity to grow as a person and learn more about myself as I experienced independence. This is truly a one-of-a-kind experience and i'm so grateful for it.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Do everything you can. Spend all your free time exploring as there is so much cool stuff to do here. You just have to go out and find it
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Margaret
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I didn't know what to expect when I packed my bags for a year in Sydney. I am so grateful for the incredible people I met as soon as I arrived. The entire program was fantastic, all thanks to the support from our program director, Andrea.

I spent my weekends exploring both within and outside of the city. Whether it was lying on the beach, hiking, trying new dishes, or learning about Australian history, I was able to have weekends full of great people and memories.

My internship placement was perfect and I got to gain a lot of experience in a field in which I had none. Though it was fast paced, I was able to balance travel and work.

Finally, I would just like to encourage anyone who is thinking of applying to the Global Experiences program to go for it. You won't regret it!

What would you improve about this program?
The only improvement I can think of would be to modify one or two of the program events. I would suggest moving the Bondi to Coogee walk to the beginning of the trip to give students a taste of coastal walks. The night noodle markets were also not necessary as a planned event. Otherwise a great program!
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Tayla
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

From beginning to end I had the best experience and do not regret anything about my time in Barcelona! Throughout the last three months I have learned alot about myself and also about interacting with different personalities. I had 5 roommates and although it was alot of people living under one roof, I would not have changed that because all of us became really good friends and had a lot of fun together. Myself and my three female roommates took a weekend trip to Milan, Italy the first month we were here and it was amazing and this past weekend my roommate and I went to Dublin, Ireland for the weekend. When it comes to my internship, I have learned new skills that will help me in my future career and am excited to use them when I get home. This experience was a 10/10 and I am sad that it is coming to an end but am excited for what's to come.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The most nerve-racking moment for me was when I had to figure out how to use the metro by myself at night and I got on the wrong train. After freaking out a little I calmed down and used the app Citymapper and was able to figure my way home.

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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.

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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