Student Experience: Jessica T.’s Art Internship in Florence

Andrew Parr | August.16.2019

 

In Italy, there’s a quaint little town that evolved into a jewel of a city through the centuries. This jewel would transfigure itself into the heart of a movement, a movement of art and ideas known as the Italian Renaissance.

Jessica T., an intern from the University of British Columbia in Canada, would find herself drawn to the spark of artistic creation and work among cathedrals, sculptures, and paintings that Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Brunelleschi crafted. Welcome to Firenze, or more commonly known as “Florence" among English speakers. Continue reading to hear about Jessica’s experience interning abroad as a Florentine.

6 Don't-Miss Holidays in London and Dublin

Dan Elias Bliss | August.08.2019

 

History and modern day meet in London and Dublin, but what remains the same, their incredible holidays. Both of these terrific cities are full of late nights and long celebrations. Check out our guide to don't-miss holidays you’ll want to celebrate during your international internship in London or Dublin.

GE Team Shares Favorite Memories From Around The World

Global Experiences | August.02.2019

 

Global Experiences is made up of world travelers. We have spanned the globe and touched nearly every corner of the world.

From study abroad, work visas, long holidays, or our own international internships, our team has made memories abroad that will last a lifetime. Read on for our team's favorite stories around the world!

Ireland’s Most Recognizable Sites in Pop Culture and Films

Emily TahaBurt | July.17.2019

 

While interning abroad in Dublin, naturally you want to take advantage of your free time and explore the city. It’s tempting to want to see as many of its most popular sites as possible, from Trinity College to Grafton Street to Kilmainham Gaol.

That said, the beauty of the Irish landscape and countryside is common knowledge as well, but less known is that it contains some of the most recognizable sites in pop culture and films that you may not even realize.

Among the highest-grossing movie franchises, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars, and most-viewed television show of all time, Game of Thrones, feature Ireland’s stunning landscape. These franchises and their fantasy theme, embrace the scenic staggering cliffs, rolling green fields, and rocky beaches that seem wild and magical - a place where adventure happens.

This puts Ireland on your next go-to list, not only learn about the history of a fascinating country, but to also enjoy some of the sites of your favorite nerdy movies. Read below to find out how you could be walking in the shoes of some of your favorite and most iconic characters across Ireland.

How to Live like a Local in Florence

Cheyanne Johansson | July.03.2019

The sound of a busy city, the robust smell of espresso, and an accordion echoing in the distance. This is what you wake up to every morning in the beautiful city of Florence.

Florence is the pinnacle of art, food, fashion, and music, and is sure to ignite your sense of adventure. Being the free spirited lover of landscapes and all things artistic that I am, I knew this would be the perfect place for me to intern abroad.

Exceeding all expectations, Florence not only captivated my thirst for new experiences, but it left all six of my senses buzzing with euphoria. Here are some tips, tricks, and guidelines to help you live your best life in Florence, Italy.

Finding Your LGBTQ+ Community Abroad & Celebrating Pride

Andrew Parr | June.27.2019

It’s that time of year; more and more rainbows are rolling out at your local Targets and even pasted on plastic mouthwash containers.

Pride is everywhere in the United States, which is completely different from over a decade ago. Gay marriage existed in only select states, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy featured gay men that happened to fit most stereotypes, and many subcultures of the LGBTQ+ were generally unknown to the public at large.

It wasn’t unusual for people from this community to escape to international locations where gender and fashion seemed more fluid - Spain, Italy, and France - just to name a few.

As the U.S. has generally become more progressive in LGBTQ+ rights and certainly enjoys the commercialism, what is the rest of the world doing?

Why do people from these communities all over the world flock to large cities to participate in lavish parades, attend wild parties, and often spend sleepless nights reciting favorite movie/tv lines and dancing to the divas of the past and present?

It’s quite simple. They feel at home.

How to Write a Professional Email in 7 Simple Steps

Dan Elias Bliss | June.20.2019

 

Whenever you send a professional email, it's a reflection on who you are both professionally and personally. It doesn’t matter if it’s an email to a potential employer, fellow colleagues, or an outside work connection, you need every email to be perfectly crafted.

A professional email has many different aspects that should be accounted for before sending. Follow our 7 simple steps and you’ll be able to write the perfect professional email every time.

Barack Obama on Why Travel Matters

Dan Elias Bliss | June.14.2019

 

In April, US President Barack Obama attended the World Travel and Tourism Council in Seville, Spain. Obama sat down with Hilton CEO Chris Nassetta to have a candid discussion about the importance of travel. The president eloquently shared how travel breaks down borders and allows us to celebrate other cultures. While the president is an admitted world traveler, he sees younger generations as the driving force in the future of travel.

Living Like a Local in Paris while Interning Abroad

Katherine Adams | June.05.2019

 

As the great Audrey Hepburn once said, “Paris is always a good idea”. Audrey was absolutely right. If you are lucky enough to take a trip to Paris, you will instantly understand. There is no comparison to the Parisian charm-- the grandiose attractions and monuments, quaint cafes and bistros, glorious markets, beautiful Haussuman boulevards, and timeless elegance.

Being in the City of Lights is unlike anything you will ever experience but visiting as a tourist versus living like a local are two completely different feats! Below I have outlined a few tricks and tips to experience Paris like a local.

Caring for your Mental Health while Interning Abroad

Dan Elias Bliss | May.29.2019

 

This May marks the 70th anniversary of mental health awareness month. This year’s theme expands on #4mind4body. Humor, work-life balance, and how they relate to mental health are a few of the topics explored this year.

Since the early 90s, there has been a steady increase in young people reporting problems with mental health. Generation Z has been more open and willing to talk about their struggles with mental health. However, over 60 percent of young people report having an overwhelming sense of anxiety.

While traveling is exhilarating and life-changing, it can also exacerbate mental health issues. We want to provide all our interns with the proper knowledge and information they need to ensure mental well-being before, after, and during their program.

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