I cannot believe my time as an intern at Under the Mango Tree has come to an end. It has been an incredible summer, one that would be impossible to forget.
As promised, I’ll share my travel experiences outside of Berlin. This summer, I traveled to Munich, Germany -> Prague, Czech Republic -> Paris, France -> Amsterdam, Nethlerlands -> Lugano, Switzerland -> Milan, Italy and Lake Como, Italy. Since I could only travel over the weekend, each adventure was brief and incredibly busy. While I wish I could spend more than 48 hours in each country I visited, I wouldn’t trade the opportunity to travel for anything. I saw the most amazing sights, toured internationally renowned museums, ate the best cuisine imaginable, and met some noteworthy characters along the way. I encourage everyone to take advantage of their time abroad and to travel to as many places as time and money allow.
Moving forward, my final project is a farewell event at Under the Mango Tree Design Studio and Art Gallery to commemorate my time as an intern. I’m entirely in charge of planning and marketing the event, which is exciting and scary. I’m looking forward to seeing how many people come. Hopefully there will be a large turn out!
Last but not least, I would like to offer some takeaways from my summer intern abroad. Here are some things I’ve learned during my time as an international intern.
- Take initiative. As an intern, there will be times where you won’t necessarily have an assignment. It’s important to see where you could help the company, even if it’s unprompted. Regardless of the outcome, your efforts will be appreciated.
- Pay attention to the culture of the company. For instance, in Germany, it’s a part of the professional culture to be punctual. Arriving 10 minutes early to work or a meeting is not out of the ordinary. And if everyone is arriving early, you definitely don’t want to be the one who arrives late. Be observant about your coworkers tendencies and do as they do.
- Ask for advice. Talk to your coworkers about how they got into the field and their future career path. They can offer significant and genuine career advice. Also, it may lead to job suggestions for the future. Take advantage of going out to lunch with your coworkers or spending time outside of work to get to know them better. I promise you won’t regret it when you receive priceless advice.
Thanks for reading everyone:)