From An Intern: Insight on Working Life Abroad
Claire is a Junior at Texas A&M University - College Station. She is a Telecommunications major working in Film/ Video Production in Paris. Keeping checking in for updates on Claire's journey, as well as helpful information about life, and work, abroad! Visit her personal blog here.
Everything is well here in Paris! The city is wonderful and the internship is really great. The set where we film for cooking isn't at the Paris location, but I got to go to Soissons on Wednesday and tried all sorts of food! And it was all superb!
My biggest concern was wondering if Global Experiences was legit. It all seemed too good to be true, and sometimes I still think it's too good to be true! Sometimes, I still can't believe I'm here working for a Parisian company. Paris is everything I wanted and more. Though the strikes are hard to get used to, everything else (the food, the art, the architecture, the people...) is absolutely wonderful! Getting into a completely new routine was a bit of a challenge, and I feel like I'm still perfecting my day-to-day routine. Maybe I'll have it down in time for the last week!
My Workday/The Office:
I work from 9:30-5:30 with an hour for lunch, so 35 hours per week. Depending on the day, I'm either researching ideas from YouTube, editing my own videos for our Facebook and/or YouTube sites, or filming for these videos. Sometimes it's a recipe/food video and other times it's for certain holidays/special days (like Father's Day), DIY, beauty, and everything in between! (think the French version of BuzzFeed)
Lunch is normally 1-2pm and everyone gathers around a big table in the center of the office and eats together! It's been interesting for me, because I work with people from around the world. We have teams set apart by their native language including: French, English, Spanish, Italian, and German. So everyone has a very different accent when speaking French (the 'official' office language) and that took a long time to get used to. There's 4-6 per language team, and I'm a part of a 5 person media team. We're a mix of languages and nationalities and the girls I work with are so wonderful! They've taught me a lot and become great friends.
They're still a growing company so things are a little frazzled at times, but I think they are headed in a good direction! I'm excited to see where they go. My two bosses are very sweet and patient with my language abilities. Even though I'm getting better, the technical jargon is difficult to translate so that has been a challenge.
Outside the Office:
Tip: Travel as much as possible, but also know there's SO MUCH to see in Paris. I went to Prague for a weekend and it was so breathtakingly beautiful! This weekend I'm going to a French beach (Le Havre) to celebrate the 4th of July! When my internship is over I'm planning on checking out Greece and Italy, and I'm returning to Paris to get a Paris museum pass and spend my last few days exploring Paris and eating great food!
My host mom has been really wonderful and has taught me how to make a few French dishes and given me her recipes too! That's been one of my favorite parts of living here (other than being constantly surrounded with good food and art).
This has been a great experience so far! It's made me look more seriously at what I want to do after college and I think it will help me get wherever I need/want to go. Plus, I've made some really great friends that I know I can visit my next time here in Paris! (and of course they're welcome in the States!)