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Trinity Smith

About My Study Abroad Program

Major/Minor: Business Administration and French Minor
Program: IES Abroad Paris Summer Internship Program
Location: Paris, France
Term: Summer 2023


Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you select your program?
I chose to study abroad because I wanted to learn intercultural communication in an international workplace. Studying abroad broadened my horizons to how a business runs differently in other parts of the world. I selected my program by narrowing down the location that I wanted and then choosing an internship over just classes because I wanted to gain working experience abroad as well as cultural adaptations.


What did you learn about yourself?
I learned that I am no longer afraid to face my fears. Moving and interning abroad taught me that I am much more capable of traversing new problems and ways of life than I thought I was. I have a newfound confidence.


What is one of your favorite memories from your program?
One of my favorite memories is when all of the interns in my program took a river cruise down the Seine on our first night in Paris.


What advice do you have for future study abroad students?
Don’t be afraid to take a chance. The best way to grow is to get out of your comfort zone. Once you get out of it, you will never want to go back!


How do you identify?
First Generation College Student, $5,000 Summer Study Abroad Fellowship Recipient


Is there any advice you would give to other students who share your identity?
As a first generation college student, you’ve already taken a big leap by coming to college. Continue those big steps and journey across the world! There is so much more to see!