À Tout À L’heure, Paris!

When I think back on these past two months, I feel immense gratitude. To gain professional work experience in a foreign country as early as my Sophomore year of college is something notable. I was able to gain an appreciation for a new culture, knowledge new industry, and a tremendous increase in self confidence. Looking…

The splinter in my foot that became a metaphor for studying abroad

It took me about two weeks to finally feel settled in after overcoming the jetlag, the public transportation, and the smell of camembert cheese (not easy). Two weeks passed and I was thriving, I tell you.  I was ready to ride out the honeymoon phase of studying abroad for as long as possible. And then…

On Questions

When I was in high school, my first job at 14 years old was an (under the table) hybrid of waitressing/dish-washing/take-out wrangling for a local pizza restaurant amongst a slew of high-strung Italian men. I quickly learned that there wasn’t much time for questions about the process, my job, or anything for that matter. This…

Environmental challenges and opportunities for e-commerce

As a business that requires a strong online presence to maintain activity that would lead to sales and engagement, Balibart may see most of it’s challenges presented by technological factors. One of my tasks has been to use Balibart’s services like I was a regular customer or aspiring artist who wanted to create an online…

Organizational culture in a creative start-up

Upon arrival in Paris, I had some preconceptions about how the French operate, especially in a business setting. In all the discussions I’ve had in my French courses and with international program advisors, I was under the impression that the French operate in a hierarchical, less collaborative manner than Americans are used to. The work…

Balibart and E-Commerce

After a few weeks into this program, I am realizing that I never wrote the thing I actually spend the most of my time here doing which is my internship. I was placed at a small start-up called Balibart, whose brand encompasses three branch businesses called Balibart, Balibart My Shop, and Balibart Institute. The mission…

Musings on Parisians

I was at a bar the other night and it became pretty obvious after one conversation with some locals that Americans are an incredibly easy target for Frenchies to make a joke out of. I can take the heat but I feel that it’s only my duty to return the favor. I will definitely say…

To eat or to avoid culture shock?

That is the question. My first flight alone arrived at 9:30 AM on Wednesday morning, I swiftly maneuvered the Parisian public transportation system from an airport shuttle to a city bus to get to my host family’s apartment. My apartment building was locked and a neighbor directed me to my host family’s antique shop where…

Meet the IIP Student Bloggers for Summer 2017!

Welcome to the International Internship Study Abroad Program! IIP Blog Overview The International Internship Program (IIP) is a unique study abroad opportunity that allows driven students to partake in a full-time, summer-long internship in one of six countries across the globe. Each IIP student participates in a program long blogging initiative to share their experiences with their…