Guest blog post by Vincenzo G., Career Training USA intern from Italy. Vincenzo is doing his internship in fashion merchandising in Miami, Florida.
I am delighted to write some thought about my experience in the U.S. as an intern.
I arrived in the U.S. almost a year ago when I started an internship with a clothing company based in Miami, FL. Before my arrival I was already well impressed as InterExchange works the things out. I tried to contact few sponsor organizations and they all seemed very incompetent not answering my questions and having doubts about a lot of things.
Since the day I had the interview with Signe [InterExchange Career Training USA participant services coordinator], I started to be sure that I was going to have no problems at all. Indeed, I was right!
Also, I have many friends from around the world using other sponsor organizations and almost all of them have some problem, think that a French friend got stuck at the airport for a law the sponsor did not know about, crazy!!
InterExchange follows you as it should be. They send you a monthly email to check if everything is going well and so they do with the host employer.
My experience with the clothing company, just amazing! Wonderful young people who welcomed me very well from the beginning and I actually feel the owner of the company I work for more as a friend than a boss.
I did my best working hard but they all helped me introducing myself to the U.S. job reality which is pretty different than the European one, where I come from. Also, they gave me the opportunity to attend to many events (fashion in my case), to meet new people and VIP I actually saw just on tv.
What I would suggest to those of you who want to come to the U.S. for an internship is to be just yourselves. Here people love different ways of thinking, different cultures and different ways of solving problems, things that you from outside of this country can bring to their companies.
They will involve you in meetings, events and all those kind of things that in our own countries are very hard to get. Here they are not interested in "using" you and they say "bye, thank you", they go far beyond that, they want to find new talents that can give them something missing in their culture and that can help them in growing the business. That's the best thing of the U.S., a mix of cultures that gives the best results.
Regarding the city I am living at, Miami in Florida, what can I say? It's one of the best cities in the world in my way of thinking. The reasons are several so I think I am going to list the first 3:
- A mix of cultures: here you will find people from everywhere. A lot of Latin people that bring happiness and "color" to the city; people from Europe who give a touch of old style; different religions that make the city more interesting; etc.
- Easy to meet new people: Miami it's the easier place to meet new people I have been. I just go to buy food or for a coffee to a simple bar and there we go, I meet new people I will stay in touch with. It's just unbelievable… to try!
- The great variety of things to do: in Miami there is just everything you can imagine. Very good restaurants, good night clubs, amazing weather 9 months per year, all kind of lifestyle (chic, urban, hippie, etc.), touristic attractions, etc.
I firmly recommend this city for an internship as it is not only a place with a lot of opportunities but also one where you can have a lot of fun.
I am sorry this experience is going to end soon but I am very happy at the same time as I am going back to my own country with a lot of good memories and above all with a lot of experience I had the opportunity to earn here in this amazing country.
Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Ani is a fan of exploring new places through photography and the local cuisine. After earning her BFA in photography from NYU and gaining communications experience at International Planned Parenthood Federation, she joined InterExchange in 2012, and worked as the Marketing Producer until 2016.