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07/18/2016

SUMMER INTERNSHIP 2016 // NEWSLETTER II

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Our Summer Internship  program came to its end and students left today! These are some examples of their working experiences:

Getting intercultural skills through the internship

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Sara from University of Boulder-Colorado did her internship in a NGO, Mujeres Felices, which advocates for women’s rights especially in Africa.  Sara helped the organization internationalize by managing their public relations and helping them translate a multitude of texts to English.

This is what she commented: “My experience is going well, what I enjoy most is that I am able to see the business side of working in another country.  So far I have been fascinated by the number of similarities and differences between the United States and Spain's business culture.

From this experience, I have learned to not jump to conclusions so quickly and to see if there is a cultural reason behind people´s actions.  Looking toward the future, I am confident that I can offer potential employers back home a certain intercultural skill set highlighting my ability to function with a high level of ambiguity and having a high level of tolerance and flexibility to adapt to unfamiliar situations with ease.”

Consulting mentoring projects

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Kayla from Texas Christian University did her internship at Alfa Espai, a consulting co-working company, working at consulting mentoring projects. She assured about her experience:

“Since coming to Barcelona, I have gained a new understanding of a completely different culture, especially through my internship experience. I had initially thought I would be able to communicate with my co-workers mostly in English while trying to improve my basic Spanish, but I was pushed out of my comfort zone on the very first day. I was asked to attend BizBarcelona, a business conference completely in Spanish.  From this experience, I have developed better communication skills and have become more flexible despite language and cultural differences. I have a new found appreciation for diversity and culture. In the future, I will be able to utilize this experience to handle difficult situations and adapt to new unfamiliar environments. “

Taking initiatives to excel in a work environment

AndersonThomasThomas from University of Wisconsin - Madison School of Business worked on a finance/real state project at Team On, a finance consulting company.

“When I first got to Spain I was an outgoing individual, however I did not take initiative in my classes or at work. As soon as I started working for TeamOn, all of that changed. I started working and was immediately tasked with several things that were crucial to TeamOn´s business dealings and pitches to various clients. The projects that I have helped complete for them have required my personal input. Suddenly I was taking the initiative at almost every turn. I made several suggestions that helped improve the presentations that TeamOn was pitching to their clients. Together with my coworker, we decided what data would be most suitable to present to potential investors. There was no one looking over our shoulder or telling us how to do our job. Instead, it was entirely based on our own instincts and targeted research. Throughout this whole process I have learned how to excel in work environment. I have learned that you have to take the initiative and utilize your own instincts in order to excel in any profession, especially Finance.”

06/30/2016

SUMMER INTERNSHIP 2016 // NEWSLETTER 1

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We are already passed mid-semester! Summer Internship students have been very busy with their working placement, classes, cultural activities and day or weekend trips. Find here some details.

“One big world. Made smaller by one summer experience”

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Nels from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities at his aero business internship placement, Caravelo

Nels from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is doing his internship an ancillary aero business startup called Caravelo. He commented about his experience“My time spent in Barcelona both inside and out of the internship environment were fast paced, calling the need to be flexible and adaptable to my surroundings from the start. With 8 weeks to learn a city and company's culture, I was able to leverage my time management not only to get work done, but to focus my energy on personal growth.

Having never traveled internationally before, the world seemed dauntingly large, and full of people with wildly different temperaments and convictions. But living in a such a lively European hub has broadened my perspective that no matter where someone calls home, we are all still human, and connection with these networks of people is both accessible and attainable.

This sparked a passion inside me for connecting with people.  In a professional sense, working on a team at Caravelo that was already very global (coworkers from Spain, Scotland, Sweden, China, etc.), made me excited to continue working with people from all regions and walks of life as I begin my career back in the United States.  And making lifelong connections that span the entire globe enlightened a new perspective on business and life itself that will last a lifetime.

First Year Engineering to Scientific Software Development

Foto CassandraCassandra from University of Michigan-Ann Arbor at her internship placement in at Intelligent Pharma

Cassandra is a raising sophomore Biomedical Engineering student from University of Michigan-Ann Arbor who is interning at Intelligent Pharma, a computational chemistry and bioinformatics company, in their sales department. This is what she assured about her experience:

“The company that I am working with this summer specializes in computational chemistry and develops computer softwares, and the only background that I had related to this field was one semester of an introductory coding class. So, not only was it overwhelming to be able to follow and understand everyone discuss topics I knew almost nothing about, but I had to also try to understand it being explained in Spanish. Everyone in the company is very welcoming, and told me that if I have any ideas to feel free to share them, but I was very quiet initially, afraid of making it seem like I didn't know what I was doing. The next day I took the inititative to read as much as I could about the technology they use and the chemistry that they apply to their projects.  Between the literature and listening and observing meetings and the rest of the company at work, I was able to grasp a firmer understanding of their work and what they do. I could then more actively participate in discussions and make suggestions, such as revisions for their website. While I was gaining all of this biotech knowledge, I was also able to improve my Spanish immensely by using is daily in the office. This experience gave me much more self-motivation and pushed me outside of my comfort zone, which will help me learn new concepts fast and take risks in future employment opportunities both nationally and internationally.”

Intensive Spanish Class

Summer Internship program students took an intensive Spanish class during their first month in Barcelona. They really enjoyed the class which they found very useful for their working experience in Barcelona.

Nels from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and Kayla from Texas Christian University were at Beginning Spanish class. They had to do a final project of a video with a skit about a restaurant situation. Here you can watch their project:

 

04/20/2016

ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN, SPRING 2016, NEWSLETTER III

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Being a graphic design intern

In our last Spring 16 newsletter, we want to highlight Caroline’s amazing experience as a graphic design intern. For the past three months, Caroline (University of Tulsa) has worked 8 hours a week at Herder, a well-known publishing house in Barcelona … and two of her own designs for book covers have been printed! Watch this video and hear her talk about her experience:

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Caroline, with one of her published designs

Looking in retrospect

While the Spring semester has come to its end, our students’ impressions of what it means to study abroad in Barcelona with CIEE will always stay with us. Please watch Beth (University of Kansas) and Emily (Princeton University) talk about it.

07/25/2014

Newsletter: Summer Business Internship Program, Summer 2014

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The inaugural Barcelona Summer Business Internship program just ended last week, and it did so very successfully. The program's eight weeks flew by for the program participants, who took a Spanish class, an Internship Seminar and, most important, had real work experience in a Spanish-speaking context.

Click the links to read the full testimonials the summer Internship students left about their experiences:

Katrina & Briana: http://study-abroad-blog-barcelona.ciee.org/2014/07/summer-business-internship-program-2014-part-ii.html

Samantha & Coralee: http://study-abroad-blog-barcelona.ciee.org/2014/07/summer-business-internship-program-2014.html

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Internship students with their Guardian Angel (local student guide)

Summer Business Internship Program, 2014 :: Part II

Katrina, Student on our Summer Business Internship Program. Summer 2014

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Mi experiencia con mi practica ha sido una que no puedo duplicar. Mi practica aquí era con niños españoles en una escuela local.  No puedo tener una experiencia como esta en los estados unidos donde yo vivo porque no hay muchas españoles. Estoy estudiando español y es muy difícil para me in Nueva Hampshire para hacer una practica en español. 

Los niños eran un grupo de edades variedades.  Yo hablaba en Ingles a los mayores para practicar “speaking” para sus exámenes finales cuando ellos estaban en sus clases de la semestre.  Hablábamos sobre la moda, la tele, las universidades, el red, y los móviles.  Ellos estaban muy interesados con mi iPhone porque en España los iPhones no son común.

 El segundo parte de mi practica estaba sobre que ayude con un campo del verano, se llama “casal”. Ellos tienen edades desde tres a siete anos.  Ellos aprenden tres idiomas: Español, Catalán, y Ingles. Es increíble para oír tres idiomas en la mezcla de nuestro día para todo el día.  Hablábamos sobre todo y he aprendido como arreglar problemas en Español, una cosa que los profesores en su escuela no te enseña.  Este experiencia fue muy increíble y provechoso y yo no lo cambiaria.

Briana, Student on our Summer Business Internship Program, University of Evansville. Summer 2014 

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Durante los dos últimos meses he trabajado en Audiconsultores, una empresa de auditorías. Aquí trabajé con el departamento de la contabilidad. Durante mi tiempo allí, he aprendido muchas partes distintas que se juntan para crear el departamento de la contabilidad. También he conocido personas muy ambles que trabajan conmigo. Siempre cuando tengo preguntas sobre cualquier caso están listos para explicar y ayudar si es posible. Me ha gustado hablar inglés a veces con ellos. Les gusta practicar para entender un poco mejor cuáles son las frases más usadas. Es en estos momentos, me siento en realidad parte del equipo. Mis colegas ya me han preguntado si iré a visitarles en Audi la próxima vez que estoy en Barcelona.

Es diferente trabajar aquí, porque las expectativas son muy diferentes. En los Estados Unidos, los becarios usualmente no tienen mucha responsabilidad y es más común que reciben muchas instrucciones y están “micro-managed”. Pero para mi experiencia, creo que he recibido mucha responsabilidad. He hecho proyectos en los que chequé los números de diferentes tipos de contabilidad. También he preparado unos documentos que estaban usando para los archivos de la empresa y para el uso de mis colegas. Durante este proceso me explicaron qué necesitaba hacer y me dejaron hacerlo sin muchas interrupciones. A veces me preguntaban si todo iba bien, pero nada más.

En general mi práctica era una buena oportunidad para aprender más de la contabilidad y para aplicar lo que he aprendido en la universidad, pero también cómo funciona la empresa y consultoría en España. Ha sido una gran experiencia y no la cambiaría para nada.

 

07/22/2014

Summer Business Internship Program, 2014

Samantha, Student on our Summer Business Internship Program, University of Wisconsin - Madison. Summer 2014 

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La nueva práctica

Todavía recuerdo cuando nerviosamente me fui del ascensor y llegaba a un escritorio de recepción con las letras grandes y elegantes de ‘Audi Consultores’ por la primera vez.  Fue el primer día de mi primera práctica y estaba en un país y una empresa desconocida y en un lugar donde mi idioma nativo no era hablado. En casi todos los aspectos, fue un mundo nuevo. 

Sin embargo, ahora es dos meses más tarde y no cambiaría ningunas de estas diferencias.  Mi experiencia aquí estudiando y trabajando en Barcelona ha sido invaluable.  En particular, mi práctica en la empresa AudiConsultores me ha enseñado muchísimo sobre los negocios y como adaptarme a una cultura completamente nueva para trabajar.  Desde el primer día, ellos me dieron mucha responsabilidad al cumplir proyectos en las áreas del marketing y de las finanzas.  Aprecié esto muchísimo.  No solo fui vista como un becarillo para hacer tareas muy rutinarias, sino como un empleado quien podía hacer contribuciones significativas a la empresa. 

Por ejemplo, cumplí un proyecto para un cliente en que necesitaba investigar el mercado nuevo de resiliencia urbana para ayudarles creando un reporte para inversores potenciales.  Mucho del resto del tiempo fue analizando los documentos financieros de muchos de sus clientes y condesando la información en resúmenes y gráficos.  En todo, fue una experiencia genial que me ayudó con mis aspiraciones de mi carrera mientras pensaba un verano en una de las ciudades mejores del mundo.  

Coralee, Student on our Summer Business Internship Program, Texas Christian University. Summer 2014  

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Estos últimos dos meses han sido una gran experiencia de aprendizaje para mi, desde vivir con una familia a actividades culturales en mi vida diaria en Barcelona. También he tenido la oportunidad de hacer una práctica y trabajar en una escuela aquí. Mi experiencia allí me ha permitido ver muchas cosas y conocer a mucha gente que si no hubiera hecho no habría conocido.

Trabajo en una escuela que se llama Montseny 16 horas cada semana. Ellos tienen niños de 3 hasta 17 anos. He trabajado con casi todas las edades haciendo una variedad de cosas. He trabajado con el departamento de inglés, inglés en extra escolar y niños pequeños durante casal. Para el departamento de ingles ayudé niños con su inglés hablado. En extra escolar ayude a niños que iban a tomar el examen de ingles de Cambridge University Certificate y preparé actividades y lecturas para un grupo que iba a ir a Inglaterra. Finalmente, en el casal cuidé a los niños y tuve la oportunidad de practicar mi castellano con ellos.

Mi parte favorita de mi práctica también probablemente era la parte mas difícil: era de ver las interacciones entre los idiomas. El idioma oficial de Montseny es Catalán, un idioma que no entiendo. Es difícil de estar en el medio de personas que hablan un idioma que no entiendes. Pero después de un tiempo yo pude entender un poquito de Catalán escuchando muy atentamente a palabras que parecen como Castellano. Yo conocí personas que tienen dos idiomas maternos y fue muy interesante verles cambiando entre idiomas fácilmente. También pude ver la enseñanza de idiomas en un lugar donde valoran el conocimiento de muchos idiomas. Aunque fue difícil al principio, aprendí mucho de esta situación y al final fue mi parte favorita.  10547567_10203533222903527_6389544356626158988_n