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September 2014

The cultural differences of coming to a new country are challenging, no matter what country you come from or go to. It can appear daunting, especially when you first arrive. This feeling does not last forever though. Eventually, just as in any new environment, it takes time to get used to the norms and processes.

It may be challenging to balance the adjustment period to a new country, University, and job all at the same time. The main thing to do is not to panic and to keep an open mind. More often than not, when you begin to adjust to one of these three things, like being in a new country for example, the rest seem to become much easier and similar.

By accepting the fact that being in a new country forces you to be faced with different norms and customs, that thought process will transfer over to other aspects of your life in that country. In this view, things aren't so different. At a job you get work done to accomplish a goal for the organization and at a university you do work and attend classes in order to be educated.

The “how” you accomplish these things can be different, and that not only lends itself to the cultural experience but it also allows you better insight in different ways to accomplish a goal. By accepting and being open to a different way of doing things, the fear will be overwhelmed by the interest and excitement and will also grant you a more open way of thinking when dealing with problems.

New Country, New University, New Job - Seems like a lot of changes, right?

Sometimes, you have to just jump right in before you really get a feel for the water, and I did just that. Coming to a new city wasn't the scary part for me, I was more worried about navigating a school that was 8 times the size of my university at home and fitting in at my internship. These changes are ones that come with being abroad- it wouldn't be a challenging experience if you didn't hit some bumps along the way!

For the first few weeks of school, I walked into my fair share of wrong classrooms, and couldn't seem to figure out what time class started. At my internship, I couldn't quite get the feeling of walking on the left side of the stairs, and ran into a few confused looking employees.

In my defense, these are pretty average things that everyone has done at one point or another. It's been most challenging adjusting to the different grading system here in Australia - in the United States, our grades and percentages mean different things, and you have to put in different amounts of effort to receive an equivalent grade. In addition, the atmosphere at my internship is different than I would have imagined - Everyone works just as hard, but in a much more relaxed and collaborative environment. That being said, being in a new country has it challenges, but it has been an absolute pleasure testing my limits here.

The land down under, a foreign and mystic country waiting to be invaded by… interns.

With a new home has come a fresh and exciting opportunity to explore the functioning gears of a well-known institution. What better way than to do that than intern with the University of Sydney Business School.

While some students are just trying to adjust to a new culture and university life, I have been transitioning as well as soaking in all the knowledge my work has to offer. The internship experience, overwhelming to some but a godsend to others, has proven to be the latter for myself.

As a communications major, I mainly deal with social media and the various platforms of communication we interact on. This internship has opened my eyes to a world of marketing and consumer tracking in a way that I didn't think was possible.

In addition to learning new skills (such as an advanced understanding of excel), I have gotten to shine and enhance something I am already used to. Editing the business school blogs has been one of the most enjoyable and rewarding parts of my internship thus far. I have been able to challenge myself in my abilities by testing my own editing skills along with learning new ones.

While some students would never dare work while studying abroad, they will never know the satisfying feeling of working not only for the employer but for the benefit of challenging one’s self.

Take Care,

Jenn

About me

Classic literature fanatic and self-professed food critique, I am Aishwarya Jha, a twenty year old Law student from Trinity College Dublin in the Republic of Ireland (also known as the homeland of leprechauns). I joined the Sydney Law School here in Australia this July for one academic year, and it is here that I shall be completing my penultimate year of law school.

My Dream

The dream in my infant days was certainly to be a mommy; and I have to admit, I currently lack the mandatory requirements for this job-profile. The twelve-year old I, as if precociously predicting my current state of skillset-deficiency, confirmed that ‘the dream’ was to be a lawyer. Unsurprisingly, all the fancy-dress events from then on had me adorning my father’s barrister “cloak” as I’d call it with the compelling smirk that befits a lawyer. And I am glad to add, this 8 year old dream is still alive. I plan to graduate law school in 2016, to qualify as an Irish solicitor in the commercial world.

From Dublin to Sydney

The main objective for uprooting myself from Dublin and coming here to Sydney was to experience the culture, and to challenge myself with a new environment. Hence, when the opportunity to intern at a major Australian organisation presented itself, I went straight for it. Gaining work experience in this new jurisdiction was only the cherry on the cake.

While I ride through the highs and lows of "interning abroad", you should join me in my escapades- follow me here!

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Hello there,

My name is Austin Angeleri and I’m twenty-one years old. I go to school in a town called Seguin, Texas (which is outside of Austin, Texas) at a small school called Texas Lutheran University. My major is called Social Entrepreneurship, which is basically a Business major that specializes in not-for-profit organizations or for-profit organizations with a purpose driven mission.

When I was ten I wanted to have a career in music. Now, with my new major that is still very possible, but my new career aspirations loosely revolve around helping people through business strategies. When I was thinking about fulfilling my major’s criteria back home, I needed to log some internship hours like everyone else does. However, it happened to come up that there were nonprofit internships available in various places overseas. Well I’m about to graduate in a semester or two, so I figured this would be as a good a chance as any to go out and see the world while I can. Little did I know when signing up for the Study Abroad Internship I was in for an experience of a lifetime.

The people I have met within my industry not only have already taught much about the ways of their business and why and how they do what they do. They also show me how to do business with kindness while putting the goal and others at the forefronts of their minds. If you wish to be a part of my journey to see how to spread good and help others, than keep reading these posts.

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Hello everyone!

My name is Madelyn Rubenstein, I'm 21, and this semester I am doing an internship with the Heart Research Institute, located just a short walk from campus in Newtown. Back home, I attend the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY and I'm studying to receive my degree in Neuroscience.

When I was around the age of ten, I think I wanted to design houses. I was in love with Legos and creating cities and homes for the characters. Clearly I've grown a lot since then! Now, I am aspiring to go into research either here in Australia or somewhere back in the States. I love being able to discover new things and collaborate with other scientists who are very passionate about their work. Hopefully in the next year or so I will be applying to jobs and graduate schools- being an adult is both scary and exciting at the same time!

I decided to complete an internship here because I believe you can learn so much when you're outside of the classroom and participating in your field of choice. The Heart Research Institute has been a great place to get hands-on experience doing research on things I only read about in class. Throughout my time here I will be talking about the research that I am assisting with and all the fun science things that go on in a lab! If you are interested about hearing more in depth about what goes on at HRI, we are also having an open day on Friday, September 19 from 12:30-2pm for students who are interested in getting involved with research!

Letters From Abroad

8 September, 2014

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Hello Reader,

My name is Jenn Crane and I am a 20 year old student studying abroad at the University of Sydney, Australia.
I am a third-year Communication Studies major and Environmental Systems/Society minor from the University of California, Los Angeles. Otherwise known as the best school in the west and world (*note: This is debatable to some).

At the spry age of 10, I knew when I grew up and entered adulthood I would become a successful journalist. I always loved the feeling of transcribing thoughts onto paper through the art of writing and felt that I could tell stories worth telling.

Since then it has been a decade and I am living and pursuing my dream of becoming an influential multimedia journalist every day through university life.

During my time in Australia, I decided to apply to the Study Abroad Internship program to immerse myself in a completely different work environment while learning new skills along the way to assist in my career aspirations.

Since the beginning of August, I have been interning at the University of Sydney Business School as a Media, Marketing, and Communications intern. In the short amount of time I have been here, I have taken on unfamiliar projects and have acquired the most joy in learning something new and diving into the unknown.

Why should you care about my journey?

The benefit is in learning about the culture/diversity of one workforce compared to another from the perspective of a young optimistic woman with dreams beyond borders.

Take Care,
Jenn