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Securing a Global Internship: Panel and Resource Fair

Interested in finding an internship abroad? Join us as we hear from current UVA students who have pursued international internships and learn what steps they took to obtain these experiences. Panelists will represent a variety of industries, regions of the world and majors. We will transition the room to a resource fair following the panel where you can learn more about specific opportunities.

Event Agenda
5:00-5:45pm: Panel
6:00-6:15pm: Room re-organization for fair
6:15-7:00pm: Mini Resource Fair

Jane Wilkinson

My name is Jane Wilkinson and I am fourth year double majoring in Global Security and Justice and German Studies. I spent January of 2015 in Berlin, Germany with UVA in Berlin, and spent Spring 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland. For me, studying abroad was about gaining a competitive edge in the working world. My program actually had an internship component, and I was able to work with an international NGO that did advocacy at the UN Human Rights Council. I had my very own UN badge that gave me access to the Palace of Nations and other UN buildings in the area.

Jane Wall

My name is Jane Wall and I am a fourth year double majoring in Politics and Spanish. Studying abroad in Valencia, Spain was essential for my personal growth and will definitely help me succeed in my professional aspirations post-graduation. If I had not participated in the UVA in Valencia education abroad program, I would not have realized how capable I am of entering new environments and excelling in unfamiliar work conditions. While in Valencia, I had the opportunity to participate in a service learning internship where I taught conversational English at a local school.

Jillian Tidlow

Hello, my name is Jillian Tidlow. I’m very excited to be an intern this coming year as my experiences abroad have been instrumental in shaping my plans for the future. I spent the summer of 2016 in Shanghai on the U.Va in Shanghai: Chinese program to improve my Chinese and to experience a very different culture from my native American culture. The following summer I went to Ghent with the U.Va in Belgium: Acoustic Phonetics.

Katey Summers

My name is Katey Summers, and I am a fourth year double majoring in Latin American Studies and Global Development Studies. If I had not participated in education abroad, I would have missed out on multiple and varied opportunities for personal, academic, and professional growth. One of the most important lessons I learned from abroad is how important it is to face situations that scare or frighten you. Prior to each of my three study abroad experiences, I departed with a mix of fear, excitement, and uncertainty.

Sam Spadaccini

My name is Sam Spadaccini and I am a fourth year Spanish and American Studies major. One of my greatest passions is meeting and getting to know new people. I live for these moments in which I can connect with someone no matter where they are from or the language they speak. If I had not participated in education abroad in Valencia, Spain for the semester, I would have missed out on befriending some of the most interesting and meaningful people I have ever met. From the start, I decided to integrate myself into the city of Valencia.

Sarah Rupert

My name is Sarah Rupert and I’m a fourth year majoring in Foreign Affairs and French. I spent the Spring 2017 semester abroad in Rabat, Morocco on the “UVA in Morocco” program. I lived with a host family, which was an incredibly rewarding experience in terms of both what I learned about Moroccan culture as well as the relationships I formed.

Melaina Pope

My name is Melaina Pope and I am a 3rd year majoring in Statistics. Studying at the National University of Singapore has allowed me to become even more inspired to achieve my academic and career goals. The academic environment in Singapore was one that was very focused, and the social atmosphere was one of great understanding for many cultures. Not only have I gained valuable insight into what it is like to understand others from different cultures, I have also become more independent and open-minded, which are important qualities for an increasingly global marketplace.

Sophia Padilla

My name is Sophia Padilla, and I’m a fourth year majoring in Spanish. I studied abroad in Valencia for my entire second year, and it quickly became my home. Throughout the year I mastered the art of cooking authentic paella, I learned how to communicate well in Spanish, and I adopted the mentality of “No pasa nada.” One of my favorite memories was introducing my host sisters to funfetti cake mix and making a birthday cake for my host mom. I cherish these small moments that I was able to experience as a result of actually living in Spain.

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