Chelsea is interning in the UK for the first time on BUNAC's Intern in Britain programme and is loving every minute of it! We caught up with her and asked her some questions.
What would you say to someone thinking about doing this?
DO IT! Don’t second guess yourself; this is a once in a lifetime opportunity you cannot pass up! Interning abroad teaches you invaluable personal and professional skills and will help you stand out amongst your peers.
Has this helped to shape your future career?
Interning abroad has helped shape my future career more than I ever thought possible! I now feel confident that I can go anywhere and do anything and be successful at it thanks to this experience!
What do you think are the main skills you have picked up?
Cultural awareness and sensitivity, adaptability, strong communication skills, problem solving skills and most importantly, self-confidence!
What has been the BEST bit about your experience?
The relationships that I have formed are by far the best bit of the experience. I not only have great supervisors who can speak on my behalf, but I also formed lasting relationships and networks with people from around the world!
How did you find BUNAC’s help in the process?
BUNAC was absolutely wonderful! It can be scary to think of moving to a foreign country alone but they put all my worries at ease!
What did you get up to in your spare time?
I was able to explore London as well as other parts of the UK such as: York, Brighton, Bath, and Edinburgh. I also took advantage of long weekends and the cheap plane tickets you can get through STA Travel. Traveling around in Europe is so much easier (and cheaper!) than it is in the US therefore you can easily visit multiple countries during your internship.
What do you think are main benefits to doing an internship overseas?
The unique skills you learn, the new friendships you form, and the cultural knowledge you gain are some of the amazing benefits of interning abroad. The new skills and the cultural knowledge you gain will make you stand out on your resume and help you in your future career, and the wonderful friends you make are the best support system you could ask for!
What did you find most rewarding about your experience?
Learning to live on my own has by far been the most rewarding bit about my experience. You realize just how independent you are and that you can do anything you set your mind to!
And finally would you recommend BUNAC to someone thinking of interning in the UK?
YES, without a doubt!
Do you want to experience the UK by interning with a UK based company? Book onto our Intern in Britain programme, give us a call to discuss your options 866-220-7771.