IES Internships, a unit of IES Abroad, offers hands-on, professional internships in some of the world's most exciting cities. Whether you chose an eight-week, full-time summer...
Intern in this stunning metropolis, a center for global business, arts, and culture. Take the MTA to your internship (the world's oldest, largest, and most-used public transit...
As a global and historic city with internship placements in Finance, Start-ups, the Arts, and more, Rome is an ideal place for a semester-long internship abroad. With IES...
Intern in London, the perfect place for a semester-long internship abroad, with IES Internships. As a major driver of the global economy with internship placements in Finance,...
As the economic and cultural hub of the Iberian Peninsula with internship placements in commerce, media, fashion and more, Barcelona is the perfect place for a semester-long...
Best summer of my life
Submitted by Ivy Bridges - Indiana University | October 08, 2016
Choosing to study abroad with IES Internships was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The IES internships job placement process went well, with the staff in the Chicago office working diligently to find students the perfect placement. As a journalism major, I ended up interning at a luxury lifestyle magazine. The office was small, but this meant I was incredibly involved, publishing content daily and attending a plethora of events - gaining the experience I will need later when I join the workforce. I really enjoyed the class component of the program, which met twice weekly for the 6 credit course. The class helped fine-tune the skills I was learning at my internship placement, and it also deepened my cultural understanding. My professor for my class was excellent, as well as the on-site staff in London. There is no greater city in the world, and working in London was truly the best part. I was immersed fully in the culture by working there, more so than if I had just taken classes. I cannot recommend this program enough if you're looking to study abroad but also want to gain real working experience!
Best summer ever
Submitted by Stephanie Large - American University | October 03, 2016
Getting the opportunity to intern and study in London, England was the greatest experience of my life. I was able to gain experience in my field of interest across the globe as well as make great personal as well as professional connections. The knowledge and skills I gained through my internship experience are so relevant and will stick with me throughout my professional career, and help me stand out in the job world.
IES is one of the best programs that I have ever been a part of. They only have one thing on their mind and it is their students, and making sure they have the best experience ever. The staff is so kind and willing to help students in whatever way that they can. They know the city so well and really go out of there way to pair everyone with a perfect internship for them, and help them to maximize their experience will in London.
The program not only gave me an amazing professional experience, but a personal one as well. I was able to live in London for 2 months, which allowed me to really immerse myself in the city and its culture. I was able to see so many amazing things from Buckingham Palace and the Royal Family to taking a trip to Barcelona Spain. The memories I have from this trip will last a lifetime and the cultural experience I gained will be so useful. I can't thank or praise IES enough for giving me such an amazing experience and going out of their way to make sure all their students have the best time.
Working abroad in a country that I love
Submitted by Madison Buckley - Immaculata University | October 03, 2016
I loved working and using my skills outside the US. I am not more of a well rounded person. Being a history major I was able to learn more about Ireland's history compared to the US. I know this is going to sound cliche, but, it is an once in a lifetime trip. I would strongly suggest to do it over the summer because your will have more time to travel and you will not miss a whole lot from home.
The best summer of my life
Submitted by Abby Urbanek - Indiana University | October 03, 2016
My internship through IES was by far the best personal and professional experience of my life. London had been my dream since I was a little girl. It was amazing to work and study in a place filled with rich culture and deep history. London has some of the greatest educational opportunities, such as museums, landmarks, architecture, literature, and historical sites. My internship helped me fine-tune the skills I already had and develop new ones. The different cultural setting and meeting new people is one of the best ways to help with connections down the road in a career. My work experience in another country has provided me with transferable skills that I will use throughout my whole life. My internship, combined with the IES seminar, provided me with the knowledge, experience, and confidence in my career field that can set me apart form others. London is truly a magical place. By working and studying in London, I have made new friends from all over the world, tasted culture from across the globe, and had the most memorable moments of my life. I cannot wait until my next opportunity to go back to London.
Painting the town green
Submitted by Allison Fallon - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | October 03, 2016
I have always thirsted for adventure but I was always too scared to chase after it. I had changed so much in the year proceeding Summer 2016, but that was one obstacle, one fear, I had yet to hurdle over. That was the main reason I chose to study abroad. Everyone told me that it would be a life-changing experience. I naively thought that I was prepared for it. I went to Ireland thinking that I would be fine. I wouldn’t change a bit, and I didn’t really need to learn anything. I was oblivious because I thought I already knew everything I needed to know. I thought that I knew what it was to be cultured. Travel has been an experience that I’ve had before. I don’t know why I thought that a week in Brussels here and a week in Spain there would prepare me for two months of living on my own in Dublin, because it didn’t – and I’m so happy about that.
I had the pleasure of interning for the Irish Daily Mail. Through that, I learned what it meant to have a “real job” I guess you could say. I worked from 9-5, four days a week, but it wasn’t fetching coffee or organizing papers like I thought it would be. That’s what I had always believed that an internship would be. Instead, I found myself actually writing articles. I had the opportunity to interview people and do investigations to craft my own story. I got published multiple times, and one even made the front page. The front page of an international newspaper as an intern - how amazing is that? I learned so many valuable skills from The Irish Daily Mail, such as working under a deadline, working with people, and staying true to the theme of a story while still being able to let your voice shine through. My internship experience turned out to be more than I ever anticipated going over to Ireland and I’m so, so thankful for it.
I couldn’t imagine I would have had a better experience if I would have went with any organization besides IES. They were an absolute joy and made the journey so much better. They were there every step of the way for any and everything that I needed, whether it be recommendations for restaurants, tips for the bus system, or finding a doctor if I got sick. They didn’t “hold my hand” but they didn’t let me slip through the cracks either. I wasn’t just a student in the program, but a person that they considered, reached out to often, and didn’t forget about while I was there. The Dublin staff were some of the best people I’ve ever encountered in my life, period.
Living in Dublin made me realize that loving a place is as easy as loving a person. The loveliness in this, however, is that a city couldn't reveal things to me like a person can. The hidden treasures, the pubs that have the best live music, the greatest Mexican food places - I had to discover all of these on my own. It’s scary at first, but before I knew it I had streets memorized and was able to find what I wanted without Google Maps pulled up on my phone. This really helped me realize that I am capable of much more than I thought I was.
I thought I knew what change was. I thought I knew what happiness was. I developed a deeper understanding of the definitions of those, one that I won’t be quick to forget. My IES study abroad experience was so freeing. It allowed me to express parts of myself that I had kept hidden and be transformed into someone I didn’t know that I had the potential to be. I would recommend this program to anyone, and I would do it again in a heartbeat.