Not worth the money.

Growth: 1
Support: 2
Fun: 8
Housing: 3
Safety: 5

I had initially applied for the program two years prior to my actual start date and had wanted to go into Fashion Business. By the time I did my interview which was a month before the start date of the program, I realized that Fashion Business was not what I wanted to do considering I had just graduated and received my degree at a Fashion Institute. I was told that it was too late to switch into a Fashion Design internship and I was upset but understood. I already have a good job in Fashion Design and wanted to learn the business aspect of the work industry. Coming to Milan I had the idea that working in a showroom for Fashion Business I would be LEARNING and WORKING. I worked forty hours a week and the first two weeks (when I was most occupied) I did not do anything related to fashion but was told to call over 2500 companies and send thousands of emails. I never once interacted with the customers that came in to shop at the showroom but sat behind a desk for nine hours a day the rest of the six weeks, and was given a task for about an hour of the nine I worked. I had told my location coordinator that I was unhappy with my internship from day one. I told myself to give it time and waited for it to get better and it never did. My location coordinator was aware that I was unhappy and told me that she would talk to my internship and have a midway interview with me and my supervisor so that they could assign me more tasks. I never had an interview with my internship and GE. I learned absolutely nothing at my internship besides finding a way to occupy myself for eight hours a day, in addition to me not learning I was TEACHING the other EMPLOYERS how to do THEIR JOB, why did I pay $8000 to learn, when I paid to teach and rot in boredom. Besides the horrible internship, my housing was not ideal either. I lived in a loft in a nice area of Milan. The location was great, but I shared a bed with my roommate. We were given a queen sized wood framed bed and a smaller than twin sized foldable hotel pull out bed that slid across the floor. Somehow these two beds were supposed to be equal. Again after being aware GE did nothing that we were sharing a bed and failed to give us another one that was worth the money I paid for housing. The only good thing that came out of this were the other people on the trip whom I created friendships with, and they also disliked their internships and had their time wasted.

Would you recommend this program?
No, I would not
Year Completed