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Horizon Bridge Fellowship

"The Island Government Fellowship" Would you like to work on the inside of a foreign government? and study abroad on an exotic island? Horizon Bridge Fellows spend the...

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Horizon Bridge Fellowship Reviews

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Community

    10

Experience outside of the box

Many students are told to think outside of the box. Growing up in USA has many benefits, but if one never leaves USA he is prevented from viewing the world in a way which many people from other countries view the world. Studying abroad with Horizon Bridge allowed me to experience life from another person's lens. I was able to study international business, learn about a different government set up, and explore a new country all in one week. The people that I met on the trip also had the ambition to have a great time and learn a lot. This allowed for a fantastic environment to improve the atmosphere. Horizon Bridge is unique in that this program allows one to be fully engulfed in the culture that they are studying in.

Program: Horizon Bridge Fellowship

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Work Environment

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Work and learn in Paradise

My overall experience with Horizon Bridge was excellent, and I would highly recommend this program to anybody interested in government, international business, economics, or Spanish. What this program offered that most other programs lack is Spanish language immersion in a professional setting. Instead of simply conversing with locals or taking language classes, we worked entirely in Spanish with city, island, and national government officials. We learned the economic challenges the island faces, and the development strategies it employs in order to attract foreign investment. Much of the island’s economy is run by the local government, so we were given a unique glimpse into the workings of an economic model that is largely unfamiliar to the average American. I had the fantastically surreal opportunity to discuss high-level, important economic issues and strategies--entirely in a foreign language. We also spoke more colloquial, conversational Spanish with the locals, who are generally friendly and have a very easy to understand accent.
In addition to being a fruitful academic and professional experience, the program is held in an absolutely beautiful location. The island, with its verdant yet rugged terrain, offers an abundance of wonderful hikes and beautiful mountains to climb. As somebody from New York, it was blissful for me to swim in the ocean on a 70℉ day--in January! I will never forget the profoundly sublime feeling that overtook me on the last day, as I sat in the sun on a black sand beach and looked out at the menacing, seemingly endless wall of water in front of me. It was in that moment that I fully appreciated that this place is as close as it comes to a paradise on earth.

Program: Horizon Bridge Fellowship

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    7

Island government on the beautiful island of Tenerife

I was an island government fellow on the island of Tenerife, and I was treated as such. On the island, it did not feel as if I was an intern. We worked with the government officials on the island and were able to work inside the offices they work in every day. I gave input and sat in meetings discussing their ambitious plans for the future. It was a unique internship opportunity. I learned about island government and the interworking of ports, taxes and tourism. I was able to do all of this surrounded by mountains, a volcanoes and the ocean.

Each day after the fellowship, we did the various excursions the island had to offer. Loro Parque was beautiful, the beaches were incredible and hiking the mountains without a path was incredible. We could see the ocean, the mountains and the small towns that make up the island. I have to hesitations in recommending this program.

Program: Horizon Bridge Fellowship

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Awesome internship and cultural immersion

Interning abroad in Tenerife with Horizon Bridge was a totally immersive experience. Because I had real responsibilities at my internship, I felt like I was more of a local instead of just a tourist. My days were filled with meeting government officials whose goal was to teach me as much as possible about the intricacies of the island’s government. Before studying abroad in Tenerife, I did not know much about island politics, but now I feel like I have a solid understanding of how government island relations are structured.

My favorite part of each day was exploring the island with other Government Fellows. My colleagues and I would take advantage of each day after our fellowship and explore popular tourist destinations as well as “off the beaten path” hiking trails.” We even tied our extracurricular adventures into our fellowship. I was able to experience tourist destinations like the beaches, parks, and zoos firsthand. Then, during my fellowship, I spoke with government officials about the importance of those tourist destinations to the island’s economy.

Program: Horizon Bridge Fellowship