Vernissage

This week, we had the vernissage at the gallery. The theme was life on mars, and it was literally the most incredible thing. I was given the responsibility to stand at the back door and to welcome the guests. A simple task in English, but adding that level of “i am not from here” make…

Pretty Paris

What parts of your host country’s culture do you find most difficult to assimilate? Why has this been difficult for you to adapt? Ok, so Paris today is still as wonderful as Paris yesterday, but for the last week i’ve been sick. I will say I’d rather have cold in the middle of France than…

OMG

OMG, what do they want from me? This is the question I ask everyday when I walk into the art gallery. In my last internship at the Stores Consulting Group, I would walk into work and have a complete lists of the tasks I was expected to complete that day. But here, I walk in to work,…

Art Gallery Internship

Update: Week 2 Life is good in Paris. It turns out the Parisians drink Rose like water. I am not much of a drinker; however, the wine does taste better here. I think I am now 50% pasta, and 50% bread and butter and i’ve never been more okay with that. I’ve been babysitting my…

Settling in…

Hi again! I’d like to preface this blog by venting. This experience is literally the craziest thing I have ever done, and I consider myself an rather adventurous individual. How do I feel? I think I am currently resting at the intersection of euphoria and panic. Assimilating is no joke. On prior trips to France,…

Off to Paris

Hello, my name is Jordan “Simone” Marshall. I am a third year industrial engineering student at the University of Pittsburgh, with a minor in French Studies (thanks to the IIP program). In about a month, I will be heading to Paris for an internship! I have a love for all things that rest at the…

Meet the IIP Student Bloggers for Summer 2019!

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 friends,…

All Great Things Must Come to an End

Now that my program is over, there are many things I am left thinking about. Since arriving in Paris two months ago, I have learned a lot and my perspective of the world have changed. The first week where I felt uncomfortable and out of place, but as I spent more time here, I was…

Today is for Marseille

My last week working in Paris was, as I’d predicted, incredibly bitter-sweet. I’ve met so many people and made so many great friends this summer that I’m so sad to leave them! However, I was also extremely excited to travel to Marseille before heading home and seeing all my friends and family in the US….