Warrington students are enhancing their careers by participating in internships all over the world. These international experiences are extremely impactful, and empower our students with the skills and confidence to succeed professionally.

Take a moment, and learn about the experiences of two amazing students—Samantha Eivaz and Fernando Spada—who are relishing their internships abroad.

Samantha Eivaz

Evolve Design, Dublin, Ireland

Why did you choose Dublin as your study abroad destination?
Dublin is unique. It's a small, vibrant, young place and there is so much beauty to be seen beyond just the city itself. I didn't just choose Dublin, but I chose Ireland, because you cannot find the same scenic views and landscapes Ireland has anywhere else.
What is it like living and working in Dublin?
Dublin has a completely different pace of life and the people are really what make it special. You'll hear from people who visit Ireland that the people are the friendliest you'd ever meet- and they are not lying. Living here has been so special. I can really connect to the locals and learn what Irish heritage means to them beyond just the amazing pubs and Guinness.
Tell us about your experience at Evolve Design. What are your daily duties? Are there any major projects you’re working on?
Evolve Design specializes in digital marketing, design and development for companies wishing to update their online presence. I work on a wide range of projects where I help write content for websites, manage pay-per-click ads, Search Engine Optimization and much more. My main project, however, is to help Evolve itself create a brand new site to help clients understand what they do better.
What’s your favorite memory or experience of your internship thus far?
My favorite memory was taking a random train with a group of friends to Bray, Ireland. We saw this huge mountain with a cross on top of it. I was convinced it was too high for people to climb, but 10,000 steps on my Fitbit, and we reached the top. Never in my life have I experienced such a beautiful view. It made each and every step worth it.
How is your international internship enhancing your career aspirations?
This internship hasn't only pushed me to become more of a strategic thinker and marketer, but a more culturally fluent person. Any future career will have global components to it, and being able to relate to other cultures is an invaluable skill I have developed here.
What skills and knowledge have you acquired during your internship that you can envision leveraging when you return to Warrington?
Within the area of marketing I've learned more about how content—not just on websites—but on Instagram, Facebook, etc., needs to be suited to your audience. At UF, I am involved in marketing and public relations efforts in a couple of student organizations where I hope to implement more relevant, high-quality, meaningful content production.
What’s the most interesting place in Dublin you visited and why?
When visiting Trinity College's library I got to take a glimpse of The Book of Kells, which is a copy of the four gospels written in Latin in 800 A.D. There was something about seeing a piece of history so old and beautiful in present day that was really special. The book was actually written by Irish monks and buried underground for fear of the Irish vikings. To think I got to view it while holding my grande non-fat, no foam, skinny vanilla latte from Starbucks was quite amusing.
What’s the best meal you’ve had in Dublin?
My friends and I stumbled upon a quaint little restaurant and had the most amazing fish and chips.

Fernando Spada

Lee World Group, Beijing, China

Why did you choose Beijing as your study abroad destination?
Prior to moving to Florida, I had lived in Suzhou, China for three years. It was an unforgettable experience that was cut much shorter than I would have wanted. After having a student experience in China, I wanted to have a working experience as well.
What is it like living and working in Beijing?
The one word I would use to describe it would be hectic. It’s hectic to live here because of the insane amount of people—and the traffic that comes along with it—and hectic to work here because Chinese business culture is much more liquid than in Western countries. I could be translating one hour and going to visit a factory three hours away the next with no prior notice.
Tell us about your experience at Lee World Group. What are your daily duties? Are there any major projects you’re working on?

At Lee World Group, I’ve had the opportunity to do a variety of things, including translating documents that could potentially close a business deal, researching real estate trends for a new investment, and briefing the investment director after meetings with potential projects.

The biggest project I am working on involves a real estate project in Honduras, speaking directly with potential partners and holding weekly meetings speaking about my findings.

What’s your favorite memory or experience of your internship thus far?
My favorite memory in Beijing so far was actually visiting the Great Wall. It is almost impossible to understand the magnitude of it, especially given that we had the opportunity to spend the night at the top of the Wall. Seeing the sunrise was breathtaking.
How is your international internship enhancing your career aspirations?
My internship is confusing my career aspirations. I was set on working in a major city in the United States as a corporate lawyer. However, having the opportunity to be immersed in a completely different culture has broadened my thoughts on my future. Thankfully, I still have time to continue exploring.
What skills and knowledge have you acquired during your internship that you can envision leveraging when you return to Warrington?
The biggest one is flexibility. In many student organizations, as well as in day-to-day academic activity, when things skew away from the original plan there can be a sense of hysteria within oneself. Beijing is constantly changing and moving in every direction, and the ability to move with it while also moving forward is an important skill that I’ve obtained.
What’s the most interesting place in Beijing you visited and why?
The most interesting place in Beijing for me so far is right behind our accommodations, the Art District. It is a beautiful blend of western and Chinese culture in all aspects—food, architecture, sculptures, and even shops. It is quite fascinating to see the results of two vastly different cultures intertwining in that way.
What’s the best meal you’ve had in Beijing?
Zha jiang mian—Hand-pulled noodles made by a specialist noodle chef, tossed in minced-pork sauce with a variety of fresh vegetables.