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Internship Field: Education, Linguistics, Publishing

Major: History
Minor: Art/ Art History

Host: Cornelsen Verlag GmbH & Co KG

Location: Berlin

Duration: 3 months in summer 2006


Description: "My primary function was a resource as a native English speaker.  Although a great deal of day to day conversation and meetings were conducted in German, the actual work that I did pertained largely to English language-learning programs.  I acted as an editor and tester of several of the Cornelsen projects and researched future markets for products as well."

Comments: "I gained familiarity with Filemaker and Paintshop Pro, as well as several platforms that I found to be interesting and helpful.  My listening skills in German improved dramatically and I was able to see the way in which a publishing company produces a product.  I was able to sit in on many meetings and was privileged to get a feel for the way that a product is produced from the ground up.

Every single day was interesting and personally rewarding.  Being in a foreign country and working in a foreign company was better than I could have possibly imagined.  The people here were fantastic, the job was consistently interesting and challenging, and I gained valuable experience in a field that I would not have likely considered prior to this internship.

German language skills: "Vast. Although my speaking skills still leave much to be desired, my listening comprehension increased dramatically and I feel confident that I will be able to understand most of what goes on around me, which was something I did not feel at the beginning of the summer."

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