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….

Au revoir

Bonjour a tous! So it’s over now.  I have officially left Paris, and frankly, I’m heartbroken.  I assumed I would be sad when I left, but I had no idea how genuinely crushed I would be to leave the amazing life that I built in just eight weeks.  I have completely fallen in love with…

Merci, Paris.

Bye Paris. Thank you for the opportunity to learn. Thank you for teaching me tolerance and giving me even more room to expand my mind. Thank you for allowing me to adapt to foreign habits that are not so foreign anymore. Thank you for giving me a global mind-set and for increasing my boundaries to…

Ma mere ne parle pas le francais

Bonjour a tous!  I still love Paris, still love my job, and am heartbroken to be leaving so soon.  This week I made a lot of new friends through an expat event I visited, and I had more disappointing French Mexican food.  Also, my mother and aunt came to visit me this week!!! It was…

Another Day, Another Destiny

In my experiences in France, I have had such an amazing time! I have made several great friends and I have gone to so many fun events and places; knowing that I need to leave in less than a week is incredibly bitter-sweet for me. I will be really sad to leave my friends and…