Reflecting on a Summer in Prague

Ariel Rodriguez, Accounting ’15

It has been two weeks since I flew back into the US from Europe. My program actually ended about a month ago, but I decided to travel Europe for a couple weeks after. It’s kind of hard to believe all the things I have done and places I have traveled this summer. When I flew into America, I was honestly very relieved. Even though everything that could go wrong did go wrong (I almost missed my flight to Phoenix, and my luggage was lost in Chicago), I was so happy to see my family. 

Interning in Prague has taught me a lot and caused me to grow as a person. My internship experience was not really what I was expecting it to be. It wasn’t in my major, and it didn’t really seem to apply to my future. I had to become more open-minded and look at my internship in a positive way. I had to find a way for this internship to be valuable to me, even if it wasn’t related to business. I realized that through this internship, I learned adapt to a new working environment with a different culture and work ethic. I also overcame language barriers and communicated with actors from all over the world. I gained so much from this internship just from the fact that I was working in a different country.

Studying abroad in Prague is probably one of the most amazing experiences I have had, and it was one of the best decisions I have made. I have met so many people and made so many friends, and I have learned more about myself and what I am capable of. I find myself missing Prague, but I know I will make it back to the Golden City again. 

A group of us at one of David Cerny's famous public sculptures

A group of us with one of David Cerny’s famous public sculptures


Major: Accounting

Name: Ranruomiao Wang


Gaining The internship has finished for two weeks. Even though I am still enjoying the summer, I have to say I miss Hong Kong. During the internship period, what I leant is not only something related to accounting work, but also I discovered lot of weaknesses of myself, such as weak communication skill.

First, what I learnt about accounting work is really interesting, and it really let me have a basic understanding of connection between book and real life. The works I did include: make audit form, tax income form, and debit note form. For some of them, even though I have already learnt it in school, but I still met many difficulty of finishing the works. A lot of time was wasted because of some tiny mistakes being made, and sometimes I need to ask my supervisors about uncertainty Gaining those skills is really exciting, but it also teaches me that there are many difference between textbook and work.

Second, one of the biggest things l learnt from the internship is that: I really need to improve my communication skill in the rest of my college time. In the office of Hong Kong, I really realized that it is kind of hard for me to be adapted into the office. When I get tired from working, I should have talked with my colleague to relax myself if they also have time. In that way, I will work more effective.

In a word, this experience infers that I still need to work on my communication skill. In my junior year, I still need to attend clubs frequently, and communicate with friends more oftentimes. In that way, I will be more ready for future work and life!

My time in London

Mitchell Thomas, Marketing, 2016

My summer in London was by far the best summer I have ever had in my life! Experiencing so many different cultures in one amazing city is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I will continue to talk about for years to come. The people I met on this trip will also hold a special place in my heart. Ten weeks is a long time to me stuck with such a small group of people, however now some of them are very dear friends and I cannot wait to see them back at school for the start of the fall semester.

My internship was very valuable in terms of helping me decide what career path I would like to begin after college. While creativebrief helped marketing agencies and large global brands, I believe what I learned about public relations and its impact on business truly interested me. Learning how brands and advertising agencies worked together in order to create new and successful business campaigns opened my eyes to a whole new industry that I was not aware existed. Interning at an international market was very educational as well because not only did I get to see how the English did things, but had the opportunity to compare it to how businesses in America operate. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my time interning and studying in London and can’t wait to see what opportunities come from such a great experience!

My Summer in Pictures


Reflecting on a Summer Abroad

Matthew Leahy, Finance, ’14

Living, working, and studying in London was a great experience. In addition to spending time in London, I was able to travel to multiple other countries during my time in Europe. My twelve week adventure took me to France, England, Ireland, Scotland, Netherlands, Belgium, and Spain. Below is a slideshow of photos from my summer abroad!


London Reflection

Kelsey Rancanelli, Management

After living in London for the past ten weeks it is hard to believe that we are already home and heading back to school. My summer in London was by far one of the greatest experiences in my life so far and I am so thankful I had theIMG_3506 opportunity to not only study abroad but intern abroad as well. This experience has taught me so much about potential career choices for the future as well as has helped me learn a lot about what I want for my future. I could write pages about how great this summer was but instead I made a powerpoint of all the amazing places I had the opportunity to see this summer! Until next time Europe!

Kelsey Rancanelli Powerpoint

Becoming a Global Citizen–London Reflection

Gannon Thute, Business Management, Class of 2016

It’s been less than a week since I’ve been back home in the US, and the whole of the experience I’ve had this summer is just now starting to sink in. The fact that I was able to study abroad and have an internship halfway across the world in an international business hub such as London is truly amazing to me. Couple that with the fact that I was able to travel to 7 different countries this summer, and I have an experience that surely will impact the rest of my life.

Coming in to college, I distinctly remember being adamantly opposed to studying abroad, wondering why anyone would choose to do such a thing. However, now I recognize the innumerable benefits to doing so, as it allows you to grow, both as a professional and as a person. It isn’t easy deciding to leave the comfort zone of the US for a destination so far from home. However, the opportunities presented to you on a trip such as this aren’t available here in the United States.

I distinctly remember how awestruck I was entering Paddington station from my arrival in Heathrow, and how the realness of being halfway across the world in my new London home was setting in. At the same time, however, all that seems so distant, considering how much our Eller group was able to do in Europe. From seeing the Queen during her Jubilee parade to traveling (practically) every weekend, it truly was an event-filled summer with memories sure to last a lifetime.

Even in this candid video, I capture the general mood of our study abroad experience in London. Excitement and Ambition. Wanting to take full advantage of our experience, knowing that we may never again get the chance to be back. As I say in the video, to anyone considering study abroad, particularly in London, “You should do it!” From my fantastic internship experience at Marriott, to being a part of all sorts of European culture, this program offers you an unparalleled chance for growth and opportunity to know what it means to be a global citizen. 


a reflection of my summer HK international internship

Baoye Zhao, MIS, 16


A Summer to Remember

April Neafus, Marketing, ’17

A Reflection on My Summer in Hong Kong!


Nan Shentu, Finance

I created two short videos.

Hong Kong Reflection Video 2014

Over the course of the summer, I managed to get a couple good clips of video to show some highlights. Here’s the video as a reflection of the summer. Enjoy!


Hong Kong Reflection

Chaoying Yan, MIS, 2016


I love Hong Kong and I really appreciate that I had a chance to work there! I made a reflection video about my Hong Kong Internship. Enjoy :)

The video Link is:

Hong Kong Reflection Video

Siyu Chen, Accounting, 2015

This Hong Kong internship may be the best experience in the year! I made a video to reflect over it. I hope you will like it!