Reflecting on My Internship Experience

August 19th, 2014
Wesley at a start-up Finance Internship in Germany

On the whole I had a very good internship experience. During my feedback meeting with the CFO of the company I expressed that the only improvement I would have liked to see was for my internship to do more with the finance and accounting section of a company. Nevertheless, the projects I was offered and kept up with were still extremely interesting and rewarding. I would tell future interns to always remain on their toes in order to accept new material as quickly and swiftly as possible.

What Went Right, What Went Wrong: My Summer in Spain

August 15th, 2014

My summer is more or less over. I’ve met some amazing people and I’ve eaten some great food. Nothing more could have made this summer more wonderful. It’s been quite the journey, but this is my final post. I’ll reflect on my time abroad how I’m adjusting to life back in the States.

Falling in Love With London

August 14th, 2014

The sun slowly peeked its head above the horizon and kissed the periwinkle sky, inspiring it to blush pink and orange. I drank in the crisp air as I listened to birds chirping to fill in the silence and greet the morning. My eyes traced a quote carved into the ground: “I have conversed with the spiritual sun. I saw him on Primrose Hill.” This seems like a romantic scene, and in a lot of ways it is. Living in London is like falling in love, which makes saying goodbye all the more heartbreaking.

Gaudi and Goodbyes

August 12th, 2014

Hola! This last weekend we hopped on a flight to Barcelona! After wandering around La Rambla—a popular market street—and getting some tapas, we went to Casa Batllo, a house built by Gaudi, a famous architect. The beautiful structure was splashed with colorful tiles, which surrounded wavy balconies. Behind the house was a gorgeous courtyard with a large tile mosaic. The inside was surreal with its arches, woodwork, and interesting touches. From the rooftop you could look out onto Barcelona while resting against carefully placed tiles.

Finishing My Internship and My Trip to Amsterdam

August 8th, 2014

There were only a couple of things that happened my last week in Germany.  I ended my contract with my company last Friday so I was fortunate enough to have this week in Berlin to simply hang out and not do too much.

Power and Water Outages and the Iguana Reserve

August 7th, 2014

One of the many things I have come to love about Belize is that you never quite know what will happen in a day. There will always be an air of mystery to your plans and the element of surprise always seems to make an appearance. Sunday ended up being a particularly interesting day even though originally I had nothing planned. The entire house was woken up at 6am due to the power going out and all of the fans shutting off; it made a big difference. With the power out we got hot and antsy. Then, to top things off, the water went out.

All Good Things Must Come to an End: My Final Week and Reflection

August 7th, 2014

I have had a crazy final week here in Belize.

Monday and Tuesday we watched movies with the youth in the centre between lessons. One was a documentary on WW2 and the other was a cartoon called the Croods. We wanted to enjoy time with the kids who have worked so hard. Wednesday I went to Caracol with a group of other interns. It is an amazing ruin and we had the place to ourselves! On our way there we stopped to see the 1600 foot falls and by the time we got to the ruin it was well after all the tours had left. It was awesome.

Saying My Final Goodbyes and Getting Ready to Head Back!

August 7th, 2014

Whew! It’s been pretty peaceful lately and I’ve really needed this downtime. Even though it’s our last week and the last chance to go out in Madrid, I’m grateful for the change of pace. I’m officially done going into the office, most of my projects are done, and I’ve said goodbye to most of my coworkers. I’m mainly keeping in contact with some of the English-speaking clients because it’s easier for me to do once a week.

Record Keeping Binders and My Project Donation

July 31st, 2014

The project donation is something you really don’t hear about until you arrive on site. A portion of what you pay to come on the trip goes towards the project you are working for and depends on how many weeks you spend with them. The cool part about the project donation is that you get a say in where it goes within the organization. Most organizations give the intern a list of where they would like the money to go and the intern chooses from the list. The idea is that the project knows best and therefore they get the final say.

Tying Up Loose Ends & Winding Down

July 31st, 2014

I have already told you about my project donation and the binders we got for the borrowers. I am finishing that up, but that is just one of the many things I would like to get done before I leave.

At my organization, I have been working on some business plans and projections for about a month now and I am finally on the verge of finishing all of those up. My boss will submit all of them in the hopes of getting more funding that will aid the organization.