How Study Abroad & International Internships Lead to Soft Skills

 

 

I like to call myself the CEA poster child. I studied in London through CEA for a year, was the Mobile Journalist during that time, participated in the internship program, became an Alumni Ambassador before being hired on full-time on the marketing team. OK, that is a lot of information that you may not need to know, but I like to flaunt. I’m actually here to show you how studying and interning abroad can help your future career – whatever it may be.

Journey Ahead: Pre-departure Thoughts

 

This spring semester I will be studying abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France. I have been dreaming of warm croissants near the Eiffel tower for about 21 years and it is about to become a reality. Throughout my research and time prepping for this once-in-a-lifetime experience, here are some of the tips I have found most helpful. It is a summation of what I have learned from others who have studied abroad and some of the key things they wish they would have known. 

Confidence

 

I always knew that studying abroad would teach me amazing things, but I didn’t realize that the most important lessons I learned would be about myself. It’s been over a year since I came back from studying in Aix-en-Provence, but my experience abroad continues to affect my life, especially with the confidence I gained.

Intern Abroad: Your Career Will Thank You

 

“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” –Lao-Tzu

Why intern abroad? My cultural studies major requires that I both study abroad and find an internship, and a big factor into choosing CEA Prague was being able to do both simultaneously. Those are the practical reasons I pitch to prospective students, but the opportunity is so much more than that.