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I am so thrilled that API is offering internship placements in Bristol, England in conjunction with the University of Bristol. Having visited Bristol on several occasions and fallen in love with it, I wanted to share some of my favorite things about the city and reasons why I think it is a fantastic destination for our participants.
API collaborates with faculty at the University of Bristol to offer STEM-focused placements. The University of Bristol is in the top 75 universities worldwide and ranks very highly in terms of reputation with employers, which opens the doors for these great internship opportunities with Bristol professors and local employers.
Famous explorer John Cabot sailed from Bristol to the New World in 1497 and is commonly thought to be the first European exploration of the mainland of North America since the Norse Vikings in Vinland in the 11th century. You can check out a replica of the ship he sailed on, The Matthew, which was built for the 500th anniversary of his journey.
In a city like Bristol, you’re never short on entertainment and shopping, and you have the benefit of being well connected via public transportation to other parts of the UK. Furthermore, there is a large international airport with frequent flights around Europe on budget airlines such as Ryanair and Easyjet.
Apart from large shopping centers like Cabot Circus, Broadmead, and the Galleries, there is a huge array of independent, locally owned shops. I recommend Gloucester Road for looking for souvenir and gift ideas, as well as for checking out the eclectic street art throughout the area.
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta – every year at the beginning of August, Bristol is home to one of Europe’s largest hot air balloon festivals, attracting more than 100,000 spectators for launches of up to 100 balloons at a time. Even if you are not in the city during the festival, it is not uncommon to see hot air balloons flying above the city on sunny days.
Banksy - while not much is known about the identity of street artist and political activist Banksy, his work began in Bristol where you can still see a number of pieces throughout the city via this map.
Commitment to the environment - Bristol was selected as the European Green Capital for 2015 for it’s transportation improvements, good air quality, focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy, and low-carbon industry with an ambition to add 17,000 new jobs in creative, digital, and low carbon sectors by 2030.
Color Capital – while already well-known for the colorful houses in Totterdown, Easton, and Clifton neighborhoods, Bristol City Council is working to establish the city as the “Colour Capital” of the UK. The brightly painted houses provide a cheery view.