Our Intern of the Month: Natalie Storts

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Meet our lovely Intern in Britain intern of the month, Natalie! She's had an awesome experience interning at a charitable organization in London. Let's have a quick catch up with superstar Storts...

1) Tell us about your internship. Where have you been interning and what does your internship involve?

I work at the Winchester Project in North Camden (The Winch for short). It is a charity organization that works in youth development. I work with a variety of people everyday who each have their own unique projects catering to every age of children and young people. From after-school programing for primary school children to teaching young people how to take an idea and turn it into a business, there is never a shortage of exciting things happening in the office.

2) Has the Intern in Britain experience been what you expected? If not, how has it been different?

I expected my British internship to be similar to an American one. Being at the bottom of the totem pole, running errands, and grabbing coffee for my superiors. Luckily, my internship has been nothing like that! I get to work with youth and develop my leadership skills every day. Before I started on each project I am now a part of, the first question my leaders would ask is “What do YOU want to get out of this”. Quite different from what I pictured an internship being where half the office never even learns your name!

3) What have you learnt whilst interning in the UK?

The first thing I learned quickly was that American English is nothing like British English. It took at least the first two weeks of living here to fully understand half of the things people said to me. Through that obstacle, I learned that it is okay to ask questions, and a lot of them. I would rather ask questions and get an assignment done correctly the first try rather than guess what I was asked to do and repeat the task again and again.

4) What have you learnt about the industry you’ve been working in?

What is so important about youth development is relationships. This is great news for me as I love to build friendships with people.

5) How has interning abroad enriched your future lifestyle and career?

I knew that having an overseas working experience would really enhance my resume and make me more employable in the job market. I have always wanted to go abroad and have this adventure, and interning in Britain is one of the best decisions I have made. I get to have the adventure I have always wanted, while also building myself up for my future career in one of the best and most interesting ways possible.

6) Have you done some traveling in the UK during your internship? Where has been your favorite city or place that you’ve been to and why?

Traveling was the top thing on my radar once I knew I was coming to Great Britain. When else will I have the opportunity to take a three hour train ride to Paris for a weekend trip, or celebrate my birthday in Prague? I have been here about a month now and I have traveled all around England. I’m just now starting to venture out further into Europe. Last weekend I went to Paris and I fell in absolute love. Paris is simply beautiful. Watching the Eiffel Tower sparkle in the night will go down as one of the best moments in my entire life.

7) If you could take a bit of British culture back to the USA (e.g. food or drink, mannerisms, phrases) what would it be and why?

I absolutely love the vocabulary. Terms that we would never say in the USA, like calling a complete stranger “love” and saying goodbye by using “cheers”. I have a coworker who calls everyone “darling” and I fell in love with that word so much I now use it when I talk to my best friends back home. I just find the speech here to be so much more eloquent, even when that’s not the intention of the speaker. I secretly hope I pick up on all the lovely phrases and bring them back home with me for a while.

8) What words of encouragement would you say to people who are unsure about doing the Intern in Britain program?

If you are hesitant because you are afraid of culture difference - don’t be! London is so similar to the states my roommate from New York says it is like she never left. England is a wonderful place with very friendly people who made me feel very welcomed very quickly. Not once have I felt regret about coming over. In fact, my only regret is not doing it sooner!

9) Finally - what are you going to do next?!

Well, since you asked, I am actually finalizing my plans now. I have always wanted to work for Disney. I have interned twice at Disney World and both times were truly magical. When I get back to the states, I plan to move to California and work for Disney in their own youth education series. How amazing would it be if I got to combine my two favorite things: working with children, and Disney. Keep your fingers crossed for me since I plan to apply for those jobs this month!

If you fancy leaping into a city lifestyle as an Intern in Britain like Natalie, we promise it to be one of the best decisions you can make. You will gain invaluable skills for your future career, lifelong friendships, essential networks and, if that's not all, memories to take home with you. It's also a pretty amazing way to stand out from the crowd of candidates applying to jobs come graduation. Apply today!