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The Intern Group Reviews
An unforgettable experience which I would repeat in a second
Submitted by Roxanne Dean - University of Edinburgh | May 26, 2017
After having read many inspiring articles online about the recent development of Medellín, I was convinced I had to go there and experience the city for myself.
I could not have asked for a better experience with The Intern Group and I cannot praise them more. From pre arrival to living in the city, the team truly go out of their way to make the experience the best they can. The social events which they arrange are a great way for you to meet fellow interns from around the world and make friends for life, which I certainly did. I shared a flat with 3 others interns from around the world which was a great social experience!
I interned at a business incubator within the city which gave me the opportunity to work alongside many innovative start ups in a true Colombian environment. At first I didn't feel like I had a huge amount of responsibility so I mentioned this to my boss and she quickly gave me projects to work on.
The amount of responsibility was very varied across different internships- some people I spoke to would be there past 6pm many nights, whereas others more or less came and left as they please. You really do get out what you put in.
Although you may be slightly reluctant to pay for work, The Intern Group really does find you quality internships which will help build your CV. As they say, you have to spend money to make money.
I fell in love with Colombia and that wouldn't have been possible without The Intern Group. Continue doing what you're doing.
Worked hard, played hard, and earned a job at the end of it.
Submitted by SM - New York | May 26, 2017
My experience with the Intern Group was overwhelmingly positive. There were ups and downs, but mostly ups. I felt the team truly wanted me to succeed, and with their help, I did.
I found the Intern Group when I was about a year out of university and stuck in a rut. I had a good degree but was struggling to get my foot in the door in any decent job in my field. But I still hesitated until the very last minute to sign up with the Intern Group, partly because my parents were convinced it was a scam (spoilers: it's not), but mostly because I come from a working class family, and internships are not really designed with people like me in mind.
I'm not going to sugarcoat it: taking an unpaid internship (particularly one abroad) when you don't come from money is hard. It's really hard. I worked 3 jobs simultaneously for about 8 months prior to my start date just to pay for it, and I still didn't quite have enough. I couldn't go out with the other interns for their various outings to bars, nightclubs, etc., and ate a lot of ramen noodles. But I truly believe the Intern Group did everything in their power to help me with my financial situation, and I cannot thank them enough for it. They were patient and understanding with me, and always helped me to find solutions that would work.
My placement itself was not exactly what I was looking for in terms of industry, but it has helped me to hone my skills in a lot of corresponding areas and, moreover, has lit a fire under my ass to pursue my ambitions. I am no longer in the rut and have already begun taking successful steps towards the career I want. Just having experience in NY is a big step. Even my parents, initially huge skeptics about my decision to pursue this internship, have recently commented that it's the best thing I've ever done.
At the end of my 3 month internship, I was offered a permanent position with the company and am still here, almost 7 months after arriving in NY as a nervous Scot with a single suitcase and big dreams. The Intern Group keeps in touch, and helped me to get in touch with the right people to extend my visa. I cannot praise Nicholas enough for his help during the initial visa process--it is an unbelievable complicated and confusing process, but he patiently talked me through it even when the website was causing problems!
One slight area for improvement that the Intern Group could make is monitoring the interns' work hours a little better. I don't think this is a problem that many interns will face (most seemed to be organizing dinners and drinks at 5.30pm night after night, while I was still at my desk past 8 many evenings after starting at 9am). I know a few fellow interns who were being forced to work far, far longer than they should have, though I know the IG staff did help with this in at least one instance. It can put interns in an uncomfortable position when their host organization is asking too much from them and don't feel they have the power to say no, so a tad more oversight could be beneficial. I also found I couldn't attend the professional development classes the IG offered because I didn't finish work until really late, so that was a shame.
So yes, you'll work hard as an intern, but the Intern Group provides plenty of opportunities to have fun. I really enjoyed trips to NY's beautiful museums and art galleries in particular. The Circle Line Cruise was also fun to see the Statue of Liberty, and the Top of the Rock trip. And I really loved the opportunity to do some volunteer work at Thanksgiving--that was a unique and exciting opportunity. Brian was always friendly and made me feel very welcome. Andy, who leads the program and conducted the welcome meet with me, was also very friendly, as was every other staff member I interacted with. (Side note: they also sent a car to pick me up at the airport which was great because I had a very long day of travelling and was really nervous!)
As I mentioned previously, the interns hung out together a lot in other capacities (dinner, drinks, concerts, etc) so the social aspect is probably really great for a lot of people, but since I couldn't afford to go with them, I didn't really get to know any of the other interns. Instead, I made my own band of friends outside of work and interns, and we've become very close. They were one of the reasons I chose to stay in NY at the end of my internship, and I thank the Intern Group for giving me the opportunity to come out here and meet so many great people.
The last thing to mention is the accommodation. It's fine. That's really all there is to it. I've seen some people whining about it, but I really don't know what palace they expected to find in NY! I liked that I had a little private room (even though the view from the window was a brick wall!), and while the communal bathroom took a little getting used to, it was not a problem. The one area I generally avoided was the kitchen because it was often dirty and full of roaches, but that was the fault of the dirty people who didn't do dishes, and not the Intern Group or even really the staff in the building. Some of the 92Y staff were a little rude (like the woman who rudely woke me up at 7am on the day I was moving out to find out why I was still there, despite move out time being noon...) but overall they were fine. The only real problem I had was not being sent the welcome email until my third month in the building (it contained info I could have used at the start!) and then being badgered by the building's staff about not attending an induction thing that I had never once been told about (hence why I needed the intro email). But again, this was not the fault of the Intern Group.
Overall, the pros far outweighed the cons for me. The Intern Group was helpful and considerate, and the opportunity they gave me has allowed me to continue working in NY and experience a lot of new and exciting opportunities. It is not free, but the best things in life rarely are. While it was very difficult for me to do, I would do it again.
The Happiest, Most Developmental Moments of My Life
Submitted by Muhammad Mubashir Subhani - Texas Tech University | May 23, 2017
Truly, I struggle to think of how I could have enjoyed myself or learned any more than I did within my 3 months of interning in Bancolombia's High Impact Entrepreneurship and Strategy Consulting division due to The Intern Group. You will see the same sentiment echoed repeatedly throughout these reviews - Medellín was heaven on earth and the greatest work/cultural immersion experience of my life. My work was intellectually challenging and meaningful (rare in the banking sector in the United States), where I was truly making a positive impact for the poor class of Colombia, and I formed strategic work relationships and personal friendships that will serve me well in my future, undeniably. At the age of 21, nowhere else would I have had the opportunity to work within venture capital projects, agro-finance (with the World Economic Forum), strategy consulting, and entrepreneurship all within the course of 3 months. Not only was I personally introduced to the highest echelons of the bank (like the Director of Innvation), but I was treated as a true worker and integral part of the workplace.
Separately, the tours and suggestions for cultural events such as salsa dancing were planned by The Intern Group extremely well. These permitted the interns to spend more time with one another, and I still keep in regular contact with more than five of my fellow interns. The workshops were fantastic and we were given unprecedented access to a global marketing superstar with clients like Apple and Google named "Brian" who gave pertinent tailored advice on personal branding, which is more important now than ever. I fell in love with the friendliest people on the planet, paisas, the weather, and everything about Colombia. I literally intend on living there in the future. The most impressive part of the experience, however, was the personalized attention and herculean effort made by the Intern Group women making the experience as streamlined as possible to allow you to grow as an adult and professional. From arranging all of the travel paperwork, to world class accommodations, to giving you helpful tips about phone packages in Colombia, the professionalism of the Intern Group cannot be overstated. Erika Londoño went above and beyond the job in every capacity, and the same applies for Adriana Ferrer, who elevated the proverbial bar for the paisa people by literally being in the top five genuinely nicest/kindest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. If I can be half the professional that these two ladies are in my career one day, I have no doubt I will be successful. As an economist and financier by trade, interning in Colombia through The Intern Group is the greatest return on my investment I have ever made, and that you will likely make if accepted for the program. Don't think twice. Apply for The Intern Group internship and forever change your life for the better. I can guarantee you will not regret it.
Do not waste your time or money.
Submitted by Sam | May 23, 2017
The intern group was the biggest waste of money. They make you pay thousands of dollars then place you in irrelevant internships that have nothing to do with your career. The accommodation was also horrible. I found the staff rude and incompetent, and when they do things wrong they blame you.
If you can, go through another group or source an internship yourself.
Learn and have fun
Submitted by Greer - University of Miami | May 18, 2017
The team at intern Madrid is amazing. They are organized, prompt, and help make Madrid feel like home. I left feeling 100% satisfied with my experience and would love to do it all over again. I recommend this program to anyone. If you put in the effort, you are going to meet many people and learn so much about business and culture.
Program: International Internships in Madrid