By: Ryan Kline, Peer Advisor in the Office of Global Opportunities
1. Find an organization and location that speak to your personal and academic interests.
Do your research! Traveling abroad is so much fun, but can be cumbersome if you are not doing something you’re invested in! Find a city that matches the things you want in accommodations and comfort level. Krakow was a perfect pick for me when thinking about interning last summer because the city has been a historical center of Eastern Europe from Medieval to Early Modern history. As a History major, this was something I was looking for when I began my journey into researching programs as well as finding out what I wanted to do there.
2. Learn about the work ethic and time requirements of your host country!
Countries around the world have different office hours and ways of management that can contribute to a successful internship abroad. With most internships, you should also look for an organization where you think you could continue working at after the experience. That doesn’t change when considering internships abroad! Look for a company that holds the same personal standards and leadership styles that you want in a future employer. At Galicia Jewish Museum I had the opportunity to see the structure of a museum and how the management functions in their organization.
3. Respect and recognize cultural differences.
Every person and place has an intricate backstory, so when traveling abroad remember that we all have a way of looking at current events and respect those difference. The world is an amazingly diverse place – cherish that! Look for a location that can broaden your horizons and open doors to new and exciting opportunities! When I set out for Krakow, I had minimal knowledge of Jewish history in Poland, however, after my experience I found that my vocabulary had broadened immensely. Take a chance. You won’t regret it!
(Top: The Cloth Hall in Krakow with the Old Town Bell Tower, Left: The Barbican Outside of Florian’s Gates in old Town, and Right: In the Remu Synagogue’s Cemetery there is a wall made of broken tombstones surrounding the yard)