Interning Abroad: On How and Why We Survive

Posted on Nov 17, 2016 2:31:39 PM

by Sabrina Sunde

That title was a bit of a doozy and I don’t mean to come across so deep. When I say survive I don’t mean eat, sleep, shelter. Survive, to me is more like laugh, learn, and get over the small things. I want to tie this in with the importance of work relationships and the bonds built between interns.

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Tags: Ireland, international, survive, Interning abroad

Airport Troubles: Wearing to Work on Monday the Same Clothes I Left Home in on Friday

Posted on Oct 18, 2016 3:38:01 PM

by Sabrina Sunde

When last I wrote, I spoke of packing carefully, leaving early, and travel prep for my internship in Cork, Ireland. Now I am going to tell you that it didn’t really work out like I had planned.

A lot of things aren’t going to always work out. For all the careful planning in the world, nothing prepares you for arriving (two-and-a-half hours from home) at the airport and being told that your flight details have been changed. 

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Tags: Ireland, airlines, Paris Airport, lost luggage

On Packing Up and Leaving to Do an Internship Abroad

Posted on Sep 8, 2016 2:34:03 PM

by Sabrina Sunde

One personal item, one carry on, and one checked bag. These are the pieces of luggage that I need to fit four months of my life into. As with many other parts of the interning abroad preparation process I needed to do research, even on packing! Here is some good advice I uncovered:

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Tags: internship, professional, abroad, packing

Senior Co-op: Why I am Interning Abroad

Posted on Aug 26, 2016 11:44:53 AM

by Sabrina Sunde

As a senior I will be entering my co-op semester five weeks from now interning with Fota Island Resort in Cork, Ireland. While co-op semester is challenging on its own, going abroad will make it unique. I am writing a few blogs in the hopes of helping those who find themselves in a similar situation, or who are considering going abroad for their co-op semester.

For me, managing regret and preventing regret is important. I used to say "no" to a lot of things and I was plagued by regrets in my final years of high school for that reason.

After graduation I told myself to make big plans, to shoot for something amazing, because I wouldn’t regret doing so. When I started making my plans to transfer schools, studying abroad was an important consideration for me.

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Tags: Senior Co-op, study abroad, Ireland, internships abroad

Planning For My Senior Co-op Abroad

Posted on Aug 26, 2016 11:35:28 AM

by Sabrina Sunde

Sabrina will be doing her Senior Co-op at Fota Island Resort in Cork, Ireland.

Have you ever believed that maybe (for once) you managed to prepare for every contingency? I knew that interning abroad was never going to be as easy as deciding to do it. I prepared for what I thought was every eventuality.

At first it seemed like finding a place where I could do an internship would be the hardest part. Let’s face it, interviewing is rough: mentally, physically, and emotionally. I got through it, I got the offer, and I accepted it.

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Tags: Senior Co-op, study abroad, Ireland

Senior Co-op: Visas and Interning Abroad Legally

Posted on Aug 24, 2016 3:01:00 PM

by Sabrina Sunde

Whenever something bad happens, my mother reminds me that big things come in threes. I don’t know if someone lost count, but this summer saw more than three things go wrong.

Life has bite, with sharp teeth and all, which can make us yield or rise to fight. When I received an email eight weeks before my departure to Ireland for my Senior Co-op saying “You need a work permit.” I was close to the former response.

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Tags: Senior Co-op, Ireland, legal documents