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Florida State University: Why I Decided to Intern in London in Spring 2017

By Caroline Sauer

Hello there! Before I go into my semester abroad, I thought I would share a bit about myself and how I ended up being placed in London.

My name is Caroline and I am finishing my junior year at Florida State University. I am currently going for a double major in English and Communications, specifically reading and writing for digital media platforms and how to communicate through video and film production. My personal and educational interests have always included studying and writing film based material, so many of my classes have related to how we, as a global society, connect and communicate through TV and film. When it comes to personal, extracurricular activities I have gravitated towards writing and producing small scale video projects, one day hoping to work on large scale cinema pictures.

I decided to intern in the spring of 2017 for a few reasons. Not only did I need to complete an internship for my English major, but I really wanted to do something that would relate back to my film interests and satisfy the global traveler within me. I applied for a few opportunities around the United States, but when I found out that my school worked with BUNAC to send students to work abroad, I decided that going to London would be the best cultural and financial option for me. I had studied abroad in Florence, Italy in the summer of 2016 as well and really wanted to go back to Europe, so more and more reasons accumulated and eventually pointed me to London and the BUNAC visa. 

I think I was extremely lucky in terms of the placement I received – I had to opportunity to work for a small-scale production company that specializes in a wide range of film and video production. A unique aspect of the company is that it is an all-in-one production house, so they have teams that cover every step of the production process. This made my internship extremely fulfilling and packed with different activities and responsibilities. During my months with the company, I specifically worked with the creative team, producers and account management, but I also had chances to sit in and talk to editors and directors. Just a few of my tasks included coming up with and writing creative proposals, researching prices for props and assisting producers on-set as a runner.

Living and working in London has been an incredible opportunity and I would urge everyone considering the application to do it and embrace the experience. The United States and UK have two very different cultures and I think it is really important to take the time and embrace something different than what you are used to, and interning in another country is the perfect way to do that. Not only will you make lasting connections and friendships with people from all over the world, but you will leave the UK with a better cultural understanding of the world and a unique addition to your resume that will make you stand out to future employers.

One of the biggest takeaways from my time in London is the personal growth I have gone through while abroad. My internship solidified my interests and goals to work in the entertainment industry and has given me a huge amount of confidence that I am excited to take back to my university and future job opportunities. My professional and personal time has also given me a chance to self-reflect on who I want to be and where I want to go after I graduate, and most if this growth had to do with the friendships I made at work. The company I worked for has an extremely open and creative environment with happy and forward-thinking people. This not only made my internship that much more memorable, but it showed me the importance of not giving up on what you love to do.

Now that I am wrapping up my time in London, I look forward to going back and filling my last year of university with TV and film related work and school activities. I plan on applying for a few more internships that are related to the writing and production work I did in London so when I graduate, I can get a job as a runner or production assistant somewhere in the United States or, if extremely lucky, back in the UK. I also look forward to bringing UK fashion back home because I have definitely upgraded my sense of style while being here. Even though I am extremely sad to leave what feels like my home-away-from-home, I know I will come back to visit London soon and create all new memories.


Caroline Sauer

Florida State Universty – Class of 2018

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