Fall 2015, Issue I
CIEE Prague: Giving opportunity to young professionals
At the beginning of September CIEE Prague decided to offer three internship positions to Daša, Kristýna, and Juraj who had previously worked with CIEE. They are all Charles University students and pursue experience in an international environment. We asked them why they wanted to become a part of the CIEE Prague team.
I became a CIEE intern in September although I joined CIEE in January 2015. It is actually my third position in CIEE Prague. During last semester I took the CIEE course “International Reporting” as a Bridging Perspectives student. I consider it as a great learning experience, not only in regard to the enthusiastic teacher but also because of that unique feeling to sit and study in a class with other American students. I am also part of the Buddy program in CIEE. I am originally from Slovakia, however I love an international environment and when I had the opportunity to become a Czech buddy for American students, I didn´t think twice.
It is probably not very surprising that after two fascinating CIEE experiences, I wanted to continue and I was interested in working at CIEE as an intern.
I am still just 19 years old and earning my Bachelor´s degree in International Area Studies at Charles University. I feel that the internship in a study abroad organization like CIEE is an ideal opportunity to develop myself and become more aware of what I want to do, who I want to become, and where I want to move to in my life.
My first experience with CIEE was as an orientation guide. When I saw the job offer on the CIEE website,
I knew this was the right part-time job for me. I have a bachelor‘s degree in Management of Travel Tourism from the University of Hradec Králové and currently I study at Charles University in Prague to get my master´s degree in history of European Culture. The decision to study in another city than my hometown was one of the best decisions I ever made. I started to be more independent and responsible and I learned to fend for myself. Also, during my bachelor studies I went to Orléans in France as an Erasmus student.
When I responded to CIEE’s offer the first time I had no idea how great a decision it was. Not only did I get a new part-time job and met new friends but also gained a lot of new experience. I helped with the students’ orientation three times already! In September I applied for internship in CIEE and they took me (and two other people) for this position.
The main reason why to intern with CIEE is definitely meeting new (and mainly abroad) people and making new friends, using English every day, dealing with wide range of various situations and many others, which perfectly prepares me for my future life since I would love to work in tourism industry.
My other part-time job is Prague City Tourism, a company where I am at the front desk in the guide office. We prepare tours, transfers, trips, etc. for tourists from all over the world. I am using foreign languages more than my mother tongue and I just love it.
Briefly, the most important thing for me is working with people and doing interesting work that changes from time to time. My vision to the future is to work on development of tourism in the Czech Republic – preparing new strategies, products and to save our nature and country for future generations.
In my free time I am doing a lot of things. One of my hobbies is a choir. I have been singing since my childhood. Our choir is quite famous in the Czech Republic and I have a chance to go abroad with them. The biggest success for me was to sing at the Opera in National Theatre.
I am a very social person who loves people around me, I have a lot of friends and the best thing is going out with them, doing some sports or going for some trips. I like to spend my time actively I can hardly just relax and do nothing, so the CIEE internship is the best option for me because there is always a lot to do.
Why did I decide to apply for the CIEE internship in Prague?
First of all, I've started to be curious about the organization and its work culture, while working for them as Orientation Guide.
After the first orientation week, I was amazed by the well trained professionalism with which the CIEE team members approached their tasks. The enthusiasm and readiness to provide not only a service, but a kindly assistance in every harsh situation, were very interesting to me. Not to mention the courtesy and politeness between each other that led me to work for them each time. After nearly a year spent working for them, I've gladly applied for the internship, when they informed me about the opening. These days my journey as an employee starts and I’m still impressed. The organization itself has a very long tradition and widespread connections around the globe that are starting to attract me even more. However, my close observation has just started, but for example the courtesy and newly found fairness are still there.
Despite all of that or along with all of that, I have to mention that being a Ph.D. student of Czech and Slovak history at Charles University got me thinking also about the possible future prospects of becoming an educator in fascinating fields of historical and social sciences (not in the distant future) and also by omitting the fact that I occasionally lead workshops concerning the usage of public space in history classes.
This all with an interest in better understanding of CIEE’s mission and my motive of beneficial contributing to transcultural connectedness, drive me to become a member. Maybe one day, I'll also become a valuable partner for their educational vision.