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Arcadia: London Internship Program (Summer)
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Briah Gray

Major: Psychology, Criminology
Hometown: Clarksburg, MD

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I learned about this opportunity through Penn State's Education Abroad website. I was able to specify which semester I wanted to participate in, along with specific countries of interest and my major. Using those tools helped me narrow down my choices to find the program that fit my goals the best.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

I studied abroad in London where I took an elective course for the first few weeks and then worked at my internship for the remaining time. For my internship, I was placed at a UK law firm where I was able to have a hands on experience and learn the ins and outs of the legal system. Throughout my internship I had the opportunity to take notes during client meetings, write up reports, and sit in on trials. Studying abroad in London allowed me to step outside my comfort zone and explore a new culture. My experience was amazing, and I'm thankful I received this opportunity.

Studying abroad allowed me to learn more about my future goals and helped me determine what my specific interests are.

How did this experience impact you academically?

My experience in London was rewarding both socially and academically. As an undergraduate junior interested in the field of law, it is challenging to find internships in the US without being a current law school student. My internship abroad allowed me to have a hands on experience in various fields of law that I may not have received in the US. Studying abroad allowed me to learn more about my future goals and helped me determine what my specific interests are. The program was extremely helpful to ensure I gained experience while still maintaining credits in order to stay on track for graduation.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

My career goals and plans include attending law school and becoming a criminal attorney. My experience abroad was extremely helpful because it gave me an inside look at the legal field. I was able to learn the daily tasks and responsibilities that the field entails. After my internship, I have a better understanding of which areas I would like to focus on along with what to expect in the field.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

Yes, I would recommend this experience to other students. The internship placements are very specific to your interest, allowing students to gain a hands on look at the field they desire.

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