Friday, August 15, 2014

My Summer Internship- More than a Professional Experience

There are numerous advantages to participating in an internship opportunity. The experience allows most people to have an understanding of their studies in a practical sense, develops communication skills, and stimulates professional behavior and conduct. My internship at ESC Rennes, Les Admissibles, did all of this and so much more.

For two months, I was fully integrated with my French peers as well as international students from countries like Japan, Greece, Colombia, India, Mexico, and Spain. We were all responsible for accommodating and aiding incoming candidates of ESC Rennes. During this period, I got to use and improve my language skills, work with a diverse team of students, and develop long-term friendships.

I not only was able to be a part of the Desk Team of Admissibles whom welcomed and assisted Les Admissibles, I was also able to perform in the nightly production  of “Rennes En Live” written, performed, and directed  by a team of 30 Admisseurs (those of us facilitating Les Admissibles). This not only allowed my language skills to grow, but also helped me become comfortable speaking in front of literally hundreds of French students who only knew my nationality after they heard my accent.

The neatest part about Les Admissibles was that we, the students of ESC, ran the entire operation with minimal help from administration. There are countless people whom I would like to thank for giving me the opportunity to take part in a foreign internship but even more whom I am grateful for getting to know me, encouraging me, and touching my life forever.
Angie and I working hard at the Desk!

Learning how to make sushi! Thanks, Naoki!

My last night in Rennes with great people!

The advantages of interning are countless, and in today’s highly competitive business community, they are what differentiate the many students and graduates of this field. I am so thankful to be able to say that I acquired knowledge about business, soft skills, and team dynamics during this period. The best part of the experience, though, was creating friendships and relationships that span farther than oceans and continents.