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Internships in Germany : Reviews (Eutin)

The following program review responses have been selected for publication by Study Abroad & Global Engagement
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Andrea Grace Brown, Summer 2012 Participant
My favorite part of the Eutin internship exchange program is getting to know Eutin so well. This is the second year I have participated in the program and the city feels like a second home to me. I have a host family where I always feel welcome, I know the town like the back of my hand, and sometimes I even think I can convince people that I'm German because living there improved my language skills so much.

 

Jenny Susanna Faber, Summer 2012 Participant
I loved seeing northern Germany and getting a feel for what other parts of the country are like.

 

Josh Thomas Lodoly, Summer 2012 Participant
Staying with a host family was my favorite aspect of this program. My German improved vastly and I was able to see the tourist sights, while learning about the history of the cities I visited.

 

Summer 2012 Participant
The opportunity to have a meaningful internship in Germany was incredible.

 

Joshua Shope, Summer 2013 Participant
My favorite part was being able to experience German culture and improve my language skills in a technical workplace.

 

Erin Ray Ann Christiansen, Summer 2014 Participant
My favorite part of this program was getting to know my host family. I spent a lot of time with them and they really helped me to improve my German speaking skills and experience what life is like in northern Germany. They were incredibly welcoming and a real joy to live with.

 

Mitchell Craig Pruett, Summer 2014 Participant
I thoroughly enjoyed getting the experience to work in an international, professional environment. This experience helped with my acquisition of German language while providing me with valuable job skills that can translate to both domestic and international opportunities.

 

Kirsten Taylor Whitaker, Fall 2015 Participant
This program allows for complete immersion in the German culture. There is no better way to learn about the German lifestyle and work culture, and that information I will be able to apply later in life.

 

Kathleen L Meeds, Summer 2017 Participant
I really enjoyed getting to travel around. I got to go to Lübeck, Kiel and Berlin with the Language Institute group, and I additionally got to visit my aunts in London. This made me realize how much more there is to see and do in the future. Addtionally, I wrote about Lübeck, Kiel and Berlin for work, which I really enjoyed.

 

Andrea Grace Brown, Summer 2012 Participant
The internship itself was a very interesting insight into the German business world. Germans have a different perspective on many aspects of work, and it has been eye-opening to discuss the German vs. American worldview with my coworkers as well as to learn by making a lot of observations over time and letting the little facts sink in to create a larger picture.

 

Josh Thomas Lodoly, Summer 2012 Participant
Being surrounded by a foreign language and culture was the most rewarding aspect. My language abilities improved so much that I began to dream in German almost every night.

 

Summer 2012 Participant
The length of time spent in Eutin allowed me to get to the know the city really well and form relationships with students in the program and the Germans we interacted with from Eutin as part of the program.

 

Kirsten Taylor Whitaker, Fall 2015 Participant
For the first time, I was able to form my own opinions about social, political, and economic issues, without the influence of family, friends, the culture I grew up around and most importantly, the media. Traveling allowed me to learn about current events by talking to people and witnesses the effectiveness of organizations for myself.

 

Kathleen L Meeds, Summer 2017 Participant
Seeing my articles and photos get published was incredibly rewarding. I had a lot of help from my coworkers with editing, but seeing something I wrote in another language in a newspaper was a huge confidence-booster for me. It helped me understand what I needed to work on, but also let me see what I was doing well.

 

Kirsten Taylor Whitaker, Fall 2015 Participant
Meet as many people as possible and take the time to have conversations with lots of questions. The more you ask about the culture, the more you can learn. People are very responsive to you wanting to learn about their way of life.

 

Kathleen L Meeds, Summer 2017 Participant
Future students should know that they should not be afraid to ask questions. From day one, I felt like I was asking both strangers and the people I got to know questions, whether it was something about my internship, something about the German language, or something random, like when the next train left.