Author: Absolute Internship

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We were delighted to meet with Tobias Band, an Absolute Internship alumnus, in the glaring heat of the Barcelona sun. It was a joy to relive Toby's experiences, to laugh about memories of Shanghai, and generally catch up. So please enjoy this window into life before, during and after an Absolute Internship. A huge thanks to Toby for giving his time to us!

Coming here was a dream come true. I remember counting down the days until this opportunity was my waking reality. In the end, my expectations for myself and finally being here were different than I anticipated. I thought there would be more of a language barrier between the other interns and myself, but to my surprise, most people were from different parts of the U.S. Therefore, interacting and connecting was much more comfortable than I thought it would be. Furthermore, although there is a language barrier between the Spaniards and myself, I found that most of the people I encountered knew more English than I knew Spanish. Talk about a wake up call!

Cultural activity with Absolute Internship

After just two days of being in Hong Kong, I started to feel a strange ache in my neck. At first I thought I was jet-lagged, but after a while I realised the root of this pain was from constantly looking up at all the tall buildings in “The Most Vertical City on Earth”. There is always something new to be spotted when changing your perspective in Hong Kong. When I got the bus on my second day to work, I went on to the top deck for the first time and was instantly disorientated as the city looked so different from the lower level.

On the first day of my internship I was extremely open, yet extremely nervous. I wanted to make a good first impression. My commute from the residence took around 45 minutes. I took the metro, which I found much easier to understand than taking the bus. When I arrived at the building I would be working in, I noticed that there were many other small businesses within the same facility. I made my way to the office where my internship would take place and when I walked in it was smaller than I imagined it would be. Everyone worked in the same open-plan room. There were many other interns too. My supervisor was not yet in the office, so a woman greeted me in Spanish. I am not the greatest at understanding Spanish unless the individual speaks slowly, so I was perplexed. Luckily, I happened to be at the internship with another participant of the Absolute Internship, and she spoke great Spanish. Lauren helped me so much with finding my way around the office and making me feel comfortable. She had been there a week or two already so she was very helpful.

I landed in the airport of Madrid, and I was absolutely confused and jet lagged. Still, I was so excited to have finally arrived for my Madrid internship. I met up with the transportation that was waiting for me outside of baggage claim, and met two other students I was carpooling with to the residence. Just like me, they were also coming from America and had never been to Spain before. I was so happy that we hit it off right away. As we finally made our way out of the exit (la salida), I was completely mesmerized by the beauty, (la belleza).

We couldn't help but notice the torrent of activity flowing through Facebook, LinkedIn, and even the Spanish national television signals relating to Nathan Payonk, one of our Barcelona program participants. Nathan's host company also offered him the chance to extend his work with them. We caught up with Nathan to pick his brains about his experience.

From O’ahu Hawaii all the way to Shanghai, China, I could say that the idea of flying half way around the world (alone) truly frightened me. I had studied abroad in London prior to this internship, but there is no similar comparison that I could think of between China and the UK, other than how they're capitals are both huge cities. Although I had lived across the world before, an intimidating new city awaited my arrival.

I had a company I was working for, a roommate I was to stay with and a ticket to Barcelona with Absolute Internship - a company I had found on a whim while scrolling through my emails a month before the deadline to sign up. It sounded like a wonderful, flawless set up in my head, but as the day approached for me to hop on a 7 hour flight across the Atlantic, I felt lost.

For the short amount of time I’ve been living in Madrid, life has thrown a lot of different lessons my way. During the last two months, I have been interning with a small sports management consultancy office called ” in Pozuelo de Alarcon". I wanted to share some of these small yet invaluable lessons as to truly attempt to describe my life in Spain.

2018 has been the best year of my life, probably because it is Twenty Gayteen, the year of my people. I traveled to Florence, Italy for my Spring semester, and while I was there I was lucky enough to travel to various other places, like Japan, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Germany, and Austria. It was an incredible semester and just when I thought it was coming to an end and I was going to have to return to the political punchline of a country that I call home, Absolute Internship saved the day and offered me a spot in their INTERNational program! I am now in Madrid, Spain for the summer and living it up Spanish-style. It is the pride month of Twenty Gayteen, so I am at peak power to create an awesome internship experience!

The skyline gleamed of amber, striking each of the many steeples. We stood in a trance gazing across the horizon, the rich glow fulfilling the sky and land. It had been several days since we arrived in the city and we had all grown accustomed to the incredible antiquity of Stockholm, its beauteous greenery and waterways seemingly lining every sidewalk and roadway. Yet, this scene placed us in a state of awe unlike any before. The Sun’s crystallizing light glided across the rooftops with not just beauty, but the grace of sentimentality.

Here at Absolute Internship we remain committed to providing life-changing opportunities for young, aspiring individuals. Our award-winning international internship programs give hundreds of go-getters the chance to chase their dreams every year. To ensure that the most talented and driven individuals are provided with an opportunity to thrive, we have created a series of scholarships. These are the Absolute Scholarship, the Absolute Creative & Marketing Scholarship and the Absolute Award.

The world is a more local place than ever, with different cultures crossing paths more readily than in the past. As a result, workplace norms are starting to bridge the gaps too. Despite speaking the same language (though some would even argue this point!), Great Britain and the United States of America do not always see eye-to-eye on how things ought to be done when it comes to business culture. With that in mind, here are our top 5 corporate cultural differences between the UK and USA.

Sweden doesn't have an official religion, but one thing's for sure, everyone in the entire nation worships the summer! When the majority of the year is as dark as it is in Scandinavia, the moment the sun arrives is a pretty big deal. People get a little crazy. To prepare you for Swedish summertime, we've collected together some of the key things you should expect. That way, you'll be ready for your internship, as well as all the magic and madness of Stockholm this summer!

Homesickness is something that can affect any of us at some stage in our lives. You may have felt it as a child during a camping trip, or whilst staying with a friend or relative for the weekend. Perhaps you experienced the blues when you moved away from home to begin your university adventure. Maybe you've never felt it at all, in which case, lend your ears to those less fortunate, homesickness can be a brutal travel partner.

Here at Absolute Internship we remain committed to providing life-changing opportunities for young, aspiring individuals. Our award-winning international internship programs give hundreds of go-getters the chance to chase their dreams every year. We understand that the costs associated with such an undertaking can prove to be a challenge for some applicants. As a result, we have created a series of scholarships with the aim of supporting the most promising participants. These are the Absolute Scholarship, Creative Scholarship and Marketing Scholarship.