Choosing to intern in London and actually getting the opportunity to do it was one of the best things that has happened to me thus far. I was able to grow professionally and personally. I was able to expand my cultural knowledge and learn how to adapt to a culture different from my own for the first time in my life.
IES provided me an internship placement that allowed me to explore a side of psychology and health care that I had never pictured myself in before. My placement was with a mental health and wellness facility and on most days I was essentially a support worker. Through my internship I was able to establish professional relationships with each of my co-workers, as well as all of the clients that used the centre. These relationships allowed me to experience British culture firsthand through people who have lived there their whole lives. It also provided a lot of interesting conversations about the differences and similarities between British and American cultures that almost always ended in me learning something new.
Being in London for two months I still found new things to do and see every single day. London itself is so rich in diverse cultural and history that even being there for two months I didn't get to see nearly everything that the city has to offer. It was great that the program also offered us a few opportunities to travel outside of the city to see other parts of England, as well as local excursions to get us settled into the culture. It was great of the program to set these things up for us to encourage us to go out and see as much as we possibly could in our time there.