I am a French student in love of England and English people. It was not my the first time coming to London as I studied here for a year in 2008 but I knew that working at UIC was going to be a great challenge as a school and the workplace are completely different.
I already knew UIC because I used to hang around in Oxford Circus so when I knew that I could do our internship abroad I didn’t even hesitate once to contact the college. UIC is located in the famous Oxford Circus and even though I don’t like London transports because it is awful, it was still a pleasure to come here everyday to this nice area, with lot of tourists and lots of shops.
So when my application has been selected, I was happy as I knew that it would be the best experience in my life so far…and I was right!
When I first arrived, the weather was very cold but I got warmer quickly inside as the staffs were very welcoming and enjoyable and they made me feel comfortable. I worked with all of the departments and it really made me understand everyone tasks and had very interesting assignments to carry out. Again and again English people are different from French as they are incredibly thankful on everyday task I did even the simplest and easiest ones… I would have love extending my internship if I could so I wouldn’t have missed the Christmas party every body is waiting for!
As like London, UIC is a multilingual environment so hearing some French time to time was not unpleasant at all, and having not good English was not an inconvenient for me as they were very patient and tried to understand what I was meaning to say.
UIC was not my first internship but probably the last and definitely…the best one.
Written by our French intern, Jankey. Everyone at UIC would like to say thank you to Jankey for all the work you did while you were here and we wish you all the best in your future:)