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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.