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04/06/2017

INTERNSHIP STORIES FROM PRAGUE

NewsletterBannerPrague686x101My Dream Internship in Prague by Ellen Lechman

When I started the application process for interning in Prague, I was nervous. I had never really had an internship before, and I had no idea what it would be like to work in a foreign country. Now, a few weeks into my internship, I am so glad I chose to do this program. I get to intern with an organization I love, get credit for school, and have an incredible new item for my resume!

After the interview process, I was matched with the National Technical Library (NTK) here in Prague. NTK is the largest science and technology library in all of the Czech Republic, and it’s a popular study spot for students of all subjects living in Prague. I’m working towards a career in library and information science, so getting to intern with NTK is a perfect fit for me.

Ellen

In the United States, the stereotype of interns is that all we do is make coffee and answer phones. I’m happy to say I am doing much more interesting work with NTK! I make videos promoting library services, copy edit materials for the website, and learn about the library field from an entirely new and international perspective. Not only do I get to expand my knowledge and experience related to libraries, I’m learning new skills in filmmaking and editing.

In general, interning has added so much to the study abroad experience. I love getting to interact with Czech people in a professional setting and learn about how the Czech work environment id similar and different to an American work environment. This internship has also showed me new parts of Prague I might never have discovered on my own. Lastly, interning while studying abroad helps me feel like I’m really making the most of my experience by getting outside of “the American bubble” and doing more than just typical classes. I can’t wait to see what else my internship has in store for me!

Co-working in Prague – Bringing together an International Community by Shannon Keirsey

Just about two months ago I came to Prague to begin my study abroad and, of course, internship experience. I am interning at Locus Workspace and could not be happier with how it has added to my time studying here in Prague. Locus is an English speaking international co-working space. This means  that people who are independently employed, but still want to have a space to call their office and people to call their co-workers can get a membership and be a part of the Locus workspace community. That is where my job comes in.

Locus

I am a community event intern, so I help to organize, promote, and facilitate different community events within the workspace to improve the overall quality of co-working. I have worked on events like “Embodied Leadership,” “Negotiate Like a Pro,” and “IT/IP Business Operation – Legal Aspects.” At each of these events a professional speaker on the topic came in to hold a professional development type seminar to refine skills within their topic. Other types of events include “Weekly Coffee Break,” “Hump Day Pump Night” and “Locus Mafia Night.” It is at these get togethers that members have an opportunity to get to know one another on a more personal and fun level. I’m grateful for the opportunity to work behind the scenes as well as to participate on all of these events.

Working with other professionals is both interesting and beneficial to me as a business major. Having the chance to meet and talk with the members, each of which has a distinct international personal story and entrepreneurial spirit, is a huge perk of the job. I think that much of the cultural perspective and true immersion I am getting here in Prague comes from working and talking with the different Locus members. I’ve learned a lot in this position already and look forward to continuing to implement best practices around community event planning and expanding relationships with the uniquely interesting businessmen at Locus.

Gaining an Old Appreciation by Cece Thomas

At first, the abandoned looking warehouse on the other side of the tracks took me aback. I couldn’t figure out the vibe MeetFactory had when I first walked through the door. It was unlike anywhere I’d ever worked before and I genuinely started to second-guess my internship experience before it even began. What I didn’t know though, was that it would help me to realize just how much I missed working in a creative field.

I’ve always considered myself a creative person, and throughout my life my creativity has changed with me. When I was five I was painting with my grandfather, at ten I was playing piano, and at fifteen I was dancing during football game halftime shows. By the time I got to college though, my creativity was focused solely in my schoolwork. I got further and further away from the things that I loved as a kid because I didn’t have the time. It never occurred to me that my future career could have an artistic outlet until I started my internship at Urban Space Epics here in Prague.

The first couple of weeks weren’t really anything to write home about. I went through an orientation, learned how the studio functioned, and helped run the communication aspects of the studio, which included editing web content. It was relevant to what I was studying, but I wasn’t excited about what I was doing. My mentality totally changed once I got to document the Open Studios event. This event is where MeetFactory opens their doors to the public to experience what the artists in the studios are working on, present new installations, and view experimental concerts. It was by far the liveliest, funkiest, and most eye opening experience I’d had so far in Prague. The feelings of appreciation I’d had for art when I was younger, the wonder and need to create something of my own, bubbled back up. I realized that art can take on many different forms and that I could easily incorporate it into my career. I’d have never considered working in an art gallery before, but my internship has helped me see that it really isn’t so different from what I want to do. I could have a career where I’m exposed to art every day, and still work within the world of communication and business.

Shannon

Getting out of my comfort zone, and working at a place that I would never have considered before helped me to realize that there are many paths that lead to the same place. I don’t have to choose a career where I paint, play an instrument, or perform to feel like I am participating in an artistic way. Even though the exterior is a little rough, Urban Space Epics has already helped me gain back the appreciation I had for art as a kid and I can’t wait to see what the next few months have in store.

02/22/2013

Trip to the Opera

By Eleanor Klibanoff, George Washington University

The State Opera House in Prague is one of the most beautiful buildings in the whole city. It is a massive marble building where the wealthiest Czech’s dress to the nines and spend an evening enjoying stunning opera performances. But few people know that if you are a student at Charles University and you show up half an hour before the show, student tickets are only 50 kc or about $2.50 US. That’s how a group of thirty young Americans found themselves watching Nabucco, a classic opera about the Jewish era of Babylonian captivity.

            Marie, one of the Czech buddies, let us in on the secret behind the student tickets and met us to show us the beautiful theater. We all dressed up in whatever fancy clothes we had brought with us and took the metro to Wenceslas Square, where the opera house is located. Despite getting a little lost along the way, we eventually were able to find the group and enjoy the music.

The opera, by Giuseppe Verdi, was first performed in 1842. While the story is about a horrible event in the Israelite history, Verdi also weaves in romance, family drama and martyrdom. Luckily, the opera house provides subtitles in both Czech and English to help those who don’t speak Italian. When the two-hour show got a little slow in places, I entertained myself by trying to identify Czech words I had learned in class that day. Afterwards, we took pictures in the ornate theater and went to dinner right down the street. I enjoyed the show, but I especially liked the price tag—who knew you could get dinner and a show for under $10!

02/16/2012

Yoyo Pros, Stolen Cabs, Confusion and Fun

By Elizabeth Weinstein, Emory University

Wednesday night I got my first taste of Prague nightlife and was going to attempt Prague’s public transportation system streets without any Czech buddies. The night began with some hanging out at the PUB with other CIEE students, good time in the apartment, and at Nebe. Below is a list of successes, fails, and exciting moments from the rest of the night.

Success1.

My roommates, other girls in my apartment building, and I decided to go out into the city for the first time without any Czech buddies. All we had was some basic knowledge of how the public transportation system works, a vague idea of where we lived (we all had our address stored in our phones), a map that that our Czech buddy (Jana) had written detailed directions on that showed us how to get from our apartment to Nebe. With that being said, we did eventually make it to Nebe (Success!)

Fail 2.

We were determined to make it to Nebe without giving in to our American ways and just taking a cab. However, after successfully making it to the first tram, when we got off, we struggled greatly to figure out what street we were on or where we needed to be. Thankfully, two cabs came by, and we all piled in and took the easy way out to reach our final destination.

Success 3.

Nebe turned out to be a lot of fun. We ordered a few drinks, listened to some fun music, and got a taste of Czech nightlife.

Fail 4.

Knowing that the tram we wanted to be on left at 2:17 a.m., we decided to leave Nebe at 2:00 to give us some extra time to figure out where to go. We roamed the streets up and down, took out our maps and finally realized we had no idea where we were, what street we were on and it was most definitely passed 2:17 (so the tram was not the best option). Lost, cold, and confused we needed a new plan to get home.

Exciting moment 5.

Luckily, we were right by a different pub and there were a few guys standing outside. They seemed like our best shot for help to get home and went to them with our maps. It didn’t take us long to realize that most of the guys did not have a Czech accent, spoke fluent English, and...were all holding yoyos. As it turns out, they were also American. Hank from Ohio, explained that they were in Prague for a yoyo tournament. We assumed that they must be pretty serious yoyoers if they came all the way to Europe for it. Hank modestly said he was just ok, which we soon discovered was a complete lie. Hank is not just an average yoyoer, but he is the world champion yoyoer!!!! We learned that he first got started yoyoing when he was young because his aunt owned a toyshop and he started playing around with the yoyos then. Though he declined our requests for his autograph, he did show us part of his yoyo routine (which I must admit was very impressive). After a quick picture with the yoyoers (posted below), we saw a cab in front and decided to get inside and go home.

Prezentace2

EPIC fail 6.

We managed to squeeze all of us into the four-person cab, and hoped the driver wouldn’t notice that there were six of us. He turned around and said “no,” to which we politely tried to beg and convince him to let us all go. Unfortunately, we had not realized that he was not saying “no” because of too many people. Suddenly, a man knocked on the cab and said that this was his cab that he had called and was wondering why we were in it. So, after spending several minutes sitting squished in a cab pleading the driver to take us home, we were actually in some other person’s cab and just looked like a bunch of American fools. We made our way out of the cab and returned to the yoyoers on the street stuck without a way to get home and humiliated.

Success!!! 7.

One of the yoyoers, who was actually from Prague, noticed we were struggling and called us a cab to take us home. The cab arrived and we made it home, satisfied with our first adventure out on the town.