Jami Steen from the University of Southern Mississippi tells us about her experience as a Marketing intern in Madrid, Spain as one of Absolute's Summer 2017 Intern Heroes. 

My day of travel was nothing less than horrendous—delays, rebooks, lost luggage, the works.  I was so tired when I got to Madrid I didn’t even try to be social and watch the soccer game with everyone downstairs. Honestly I felt defeated. I was in a strange environment, knew no one, knew no Spanish, and didn’t even know what country my luggage was in. I sat in my all-white room and cried—because of the time difference my mom didn’t even answer the phone. The moment I decided to feel better was the moment it happened. I opened the window for some fresh air, and sound filled my room. The city was electric. Real Madrid was winning the Champion's League final, and the streets were flooded with screams and chants.  The other Absolute girls must have noticed at the exact same time because about twenty minutes from the moment I decided to open my window, we were on the streets chanting and singing too. I was surrounded by so much happiness that night—little boys cried tears of joy and ran wild singing in the streets. Wild-eyed strangers hugged and laughed and congratulated each other. On this night, locals, refugees, tourists—the entire city, and the four new American girls, were united by victory and laughter. We chanted, sang  and danced in the Plaza Cibeles under a banner that read REFUGEES WELCOME—and I haven’t felt alone since.  

Shyam Thakker from the University of Michigan shares his current experience as an Engineering intern in Singapore as one of Absolute's Summer 2017 Intern Heroes. 

I’ve been in Singapore for about a week and a half now, and without a doubt it’s been the most exposure I’ve ever had to another culture. I have spent a solid number of hours simply walking around areas of the city, observing everything from the way people walk to the signs in the MRT stations that I see everyday. After my short time here, I’ve learned that Singaporean culture, in comparison to American culture, emphasizes kindness and courtesy towards others.  At the same time the culture is richly diverse in terms religion, language, and most of all, food.

Meagan Magee, winner of the NSCS Scholarship, shares her current experience working for a Public Relations firm in Madrid as one of Absolute's Summer 2017 Intern Heroes. 

It is good to once again be back in the land of flamenco and Rioja. If you don’t know what I’m talking about then you must have never traveled to Spain. Even though this isn’t my first time in the country, it is my first time working abroad in Madrid, and it's still as exciting as ever.

Sam Varie from Butler University shares his current experience working for a Non-profit organization in Singapore as one of Absolute's Summer 2017 Intern Heroes

Prior to arrival in Singapore, I expected wealth, cleanliness and most of all, humidity. I figured the wealth to be similar to what I see in the wealthy areas of my city, the humidity to be no worse than Indiana summers and, well, a clean city was definitely a new concept to me.  The reality of these three  pre-conceived notions was totally different to what I experienced.

Absolute Internship turns the spotlight on program alumni, following them on their journey from summer interns to young professionals.

Aneela Aziz from the United Kingdom was an Absolute Intern in summer 2015, working in the cut-throat fashion industry of Shanghai.

1. What have you been up to since your summer as an Absolute Intern?

I started a new job internationally as an Executive Creative Marketer within the fashion industry for a manufacturer in Dhaka, Bangladesh, supplying different retail brands across the globe.

2. How did the program help you along your career path?

Having international experience in China working within fashion definitely gave me the opportunity to land a job abroad, as the skills and experience I gained during my internship showed that I am able to adapt to different cultures, environments, and people in a new country.

3. What aspect of the program was most useful to your career?

The networking events and meeting people who work in different industries such as the H&M company visit. I feel that this really benefited me as it was based in the fashion industry. It was really interesting to meet professionals who work in the fashion sector, as it helped me partly make a decision as to what I wanted to do after I finished the internship.

4. What was the biggest challenge you faced while interning in Shanghai and how did you overcome it?

It was the language barrier. As I did not know Chinese, it was harder to communicate effectively both at and outside of work. Also the overall culture, work environment and lifestyle. I just went with an open mind, did not take anything to heart, and was patient as I believe that especially when you adapt to a new country, you have to give it time and it will all come together in the end. From your first impressions to going through the experience living and working in Shanghai, you learn a lot and you learn to adapt to different situations.

5. What do you miss most about your Absolute Summer?

I miss all the interns. We became one family whilst living in Shanghai and it was nice to meet different people from around the world. We created such a tight bond; I really missed the whole experience when I left Shanghai, from going on different trips to going out for dinner, even visiting MacDonald’s! It was like heaven for me as I missed my food back in the UK. The total Absolute experience was amazing and I'll never forget what a great time I had.

6. What's next for you? 

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