Bailey Bowe (Junior, LSC) studied abroad in London on the FIE London Internship program.
How did I prepare to go abroad or how did I chose my program? I chose the FIE London Summer Internship, because I had been to London before and absolutely fell in love with the city. I had experienced visiting London as a tourist, but I wanted to experience how it felt to be a local working in London. I had also heard about the amazing job FIE does with pairing students up with an internship that suits their major and interests with working in the professional world.
What was the academic experience like? The academic experience consisted of two classes, along with a part time internship for a company I was paired up with based on my area of study and skillset. At FIE I took a course on British life and culture, along with a course that helped me to improve professionally with my internship. For these courses, my professors would take us on field trips to get to know the city more. I really felt like I experienced parts of the real London that most tourists do not see. In my internship course, I was able to update my resume and do other things to make me more professional for the workforce. We also spent a lot of time in that class discussing how we were adapting to British work culture, which was nice, because my class gave us many tools on how to adapt as international interns.
As for the internship, I would take the tube every Wednesday through Friday to work as a marketing Intern for a local fabric company in London. Here I gained valuable experience in the workforce, especially working as an international intern.
Most memorable moment: The most memorable moment was when I went to Hyde Park with the friends I met in my program and picnicked on the grass to watch the sunset. It was the last day of my program and we all talked about our favorite memories from our brief time in London. It made me reflect on the new relationships I had gained in my life, as well as how much I grew as a person in just two months.
Advice for future students: Fully immerse yourself in the culture and don’t hold back! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and you need to take advantage of it as much as you possibly can.