International Internship Program
Scott Gibbons '16
Placement: Bridges to Prosperity; Kigali, Rwanda
My work consisted of helping design a suspended cable bridge, assisting in supervising onsite construction of a bridge, including quality and safety control as well as directing workers for excavations, concrete-mixing, masonry, cable-setting, decking, etc. We also helped survey new sites for future construction teams to work on. This internship taught me a great deal about project management. This was also the most significant experience I’ve had in the professional world. It exposed me to how things function at a real organization, which is very nice to learn after having spent so much time reading books and crunching numbers in school.
All in all, I can honestly say that it was the best experience of my life. I saw a part of the world that otherwise would have never known, and I experienced a culture that was so different from what I had been used to. I continue to look back and reflect on my experience every day, and it blows my mind that I actually lived in Rwanda for two months building bridges to help the local community. It is something I will never forget.
Terry O’Shea ‘16
Placement: Princeton in France
My internship was at a translation and publishing company called Corporate Editions. Most of my work consisted of translating business documents and advertising copy from French to English, as well as editing, proofreading, transcription, and administrative tasks.
Reflecting on the experience now, it’s clear to me that my time working in Paris has cemented my passion for the French language and culture. It feels like the culmination of my studying French for so long in high school and here at Princeton – I had never been to a French-speaking country before – and, at the same time, just the first stirrings of a love affair with France that will last for the rest of my life. I am now pursuing a certificate in French and I feel much more confident in my writing and speaking. More generally, I have a better grasp of the French way of life. And I know now that as an adult I will live in Paris, my favorite city.
Nicholas Sexton ‘17
Placement: UN World Food Programme; Quito, Ecuador
This past summer, I worked as a Communications Intern for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Ecuador. I translated documents and academic studies from English to Spanish and I interviewed clients and employees of WFP. I helped organize photos and videos, and managed other miscellaneous communications tasks. It was incredibly rewarding to interview some of WFP’s partners in Spanish and then write articles about them, and a few of my articles were published on the Huffington Post.
I learned a lot about the UN’s structure and inner workings, and I also learned more about Latin American history, culture, and politics. Working in an office environment was a new experience that I have found to be valuable. This internship affirmed my interest in journalism and international relations, and helped me realize that I would enjoy working for a UN agency in the future.
Zixuan (Sharon) Deng ‘17
Baboró International Arts Festival; Galway, Ireland
I interned at the Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, Ireland’s flagship international arts festival. The internship in arts administration enabled me to work among artists while providing them with opportunities to showcase their work. The internship also provided me insight into daily tasks of running a festival. I made two videos that specifically promoted the program. Those videos were posted on the website to help ticket sales.
I think more than anything, the experience has taught me things that I could not have learned with my notebooks and pens in Princeton. The experience made me acutely aware of the cultural diversity in this world and the arts as a powerful instrument to convey this diversity. Lastly, I think working full-time made me see life, or the Irish way of living, in a much more realistic way than I would have being with a class in school.