It is hard to say goodbye at the end of each program. We hope that our students keep fond memories of their time with us and feel confident that they are taking away something very important from their many experiences in addition to their increased knowledge and new business experience. Students were extremely satisfied with their internship experiences that began with the Internship Forum. We are confident that it helped them to gain very valuable practical work experience and cultural insight.
With regards to the academics, Spanish for Students of Business was a hands-on course that empowered students with an increased business vocabulary and the ability to understand and analyze documents common to the business world. Many of the students rated this course as very challenging and rewarding. A new seminar has been included this summer: The Spanish Business Sector and Morocco and its economy: relationship with Spain led by a professor in the CIEE´s BS program.
To make the program more attractive and interesting for student an activity with the participation of a group of Portuguese students were organized this semester "Negotiation across cultures".
To give the students an inside look to a Spanish business and to help them to learn some of the differences between the work environment of the US and Spain we organized two company visits. Summer Internship Program students visited Xtraice and Sevilla FC.
A special feature of the Summer Internship Program is our trip to Morocco. During this trip, students visited local businesses and organizations which helped them to compare, and contrast Spanish and Moroccan work settings. During the trip, students visited the “Tetouan State Vocational School” where students learned how to work with the typical wood, leather, silver and gold crafts from the area. Students enjoyed their free time to go shopping with in the local markets in Tangier.
But Morocco has not been the only trip that we take. Discovering Andalusia is an important part of the Summer Internship Program as well. During their first weekend in Seville, participants had the chance to join us on a trip to Cordoba, a city that was once one of the largest and most important in all of Western Europe. Under Muslim rule, during the 10th century, Cordoba was a cultural, economic and architectural marvel. During our visit, students toured its 14-century synagogue, as well as Cordoba’s Mezquita, a beautiful and fascinating 8th-century mosque, which now has a somewhat peculiar baroque cathedral built inside of it.
In June, students visited Cadiz, the oldest city in Europe that offers a highly interesting mixture of history, culture, architecture and landscape. Another important trip was the overnight to Granada. Students had the possibility to experience the Islamic historical legacy that makes Granada a hot spot among cultural and tourist cities in Spain. Students were given a tour of the Alhambra, the Royal Chapel, Generalife and enjoyed free time to explore the city.
We believe the students have enjoyed every single aspect of their experience in the program and in the city and we hope to be reminded a longtime.
In closing, we’d like to thank everybody for supporting the CIEE Summer Internship Program.