From the beginning, City Internships matched me with the perfect company. I was able to learn from some of the best, leading professionals in my field, grow my contacts and gain valuable real-world knowledge. Through my internship, I was able to go to incredible events and meet other leading professionals in the field.
The program also included weekly networking and career seminar events, which were something I always looked forward to. Not only did I get to hear from professionals in a variety of fields, I also got the chance to mingle with the other interns on the Global Explorer Program at each event, which we didn't always have time to do during the week due to our busy work schedules. The weekly events also included a CV workshop, which is always a plus.
One of the highlights of the Global Explorer Program was the weekend excursion. The City Internships team took us to Brighton, a beach town in England. During the weekend trip, we were able to kayak, relax on the beach, and explore the beautiful city's sights.
One of the most reassuring parts of the Global Explorer Program was that each intern knew they could always count on the City Internships team for any necessary help or support. The team had official office hours and made sure we knew they were always available on their cell phone and email if we needed to talk.
Overall, I learned more than I imagined I ever would. I learned to use different means of transportation, when in the US I have become so accustomed to driving everywhere. I learned how to live in a different country, with roommates from around the world. I learned how to truly be independent and to live in the moment, something that I feel would be the perfect experience for current undergraduate students looking for a way to not only stand out from their peers but also have an incredible summer adventure.
What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
One major piece of advice for future travelers- just because your roommate can't go with you, nor one of the new friends you’ve made, doesn't mean you shouldn't go. I was doing an internship in a new country, in a major city, had made friends with the other interns from around the world, yet when it came time to me wanting to go see my favorite artist and no one could go with me, I decided I wouldn’t go. I was too afraid to go by myself, and at that point I had to remind myself that I had made it this far and that I was strong and independent, and guess what? I went to that concert, by myself and had a BLAST!