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).

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.

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.

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.