Student Testimonials and Reports

Student Reports

Reports completed by students after returning from their internship. Students describe their positions and the value they derived from the experience.

Student Testimonials

VIVA Group, India, 2016

The internship offered a unique insight into how necessary large-scale business and construction projects are conducted in what is currently the fastest-growing large economy in the world. In my first ever abroad experience, I was able to make connections between the traditions and philosophies evident in my household during childhood and the ones that underpin the Indian work and business environment.

- Kris Datta '16, Civil Engineering

Osa Conservation, Costa Rica, 2016

Working in the field, experiencing the cultures of a new country, learning from and interacting with people from around the world, seeing conservation, academia, and research in action -- this was all reality for me, thanks to the Iacocca Internship Program. I couldn't say it enough to everyone I met abroad: this was one of the most unique and astounding programs I have heard of, and the fact that I had the opportunity to be exposed to so much I would otherwise miss is more than I could ever have asked for.

- Kianna Luack '18, I.D.E.A.S.
 

Ministeria de Energia, Chile, 2016

Without the Iacocca Internship Program, I would never have been able to travel/study abroad due to complications stemming from schedule flexibility and financial aid. I was chosen to intern in Santiago, Chile at the Ministry of Energy as a data analyst and translator. In my spare time, I toured the city and travelled to destinations such as Patagonia, the Atacama Desert, the San Francisco Glacier and hiked all around the Andes Mountains. In addition, my ability to speak Spanish accelerated from hardly being able to speak it to near fluency.

- Gannon Reichert '18, Materials Science and Engineering

Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS), Bermuda, 2016

I am incredibly grateful to have had the privilege of interning in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS). It was an honor to work alongside some of the most hardworking and incredibly knowledgeable individuals I have ever met. Through the connections I have made while at BIOS I gained professional experience, but also incredible cultural and networking experience. While the work environment was new and foreign to me, the BIOS staff along with my fellow interns enhanced the experience through their friendliness, openness, and through their passion for marine and ocean sciences.

- Katherine Salazar '17, Biology

Luxembourg Institute of Health, Luxembourg, 2016

There are simply no words that can accurately describe the extent to which I enjoyed my experience as an Iacocca Intern. Working alongside leaders at the forefront of health research was an indescribable opportunity, but the benefits extended far beyond the practical skills I learned during lab hours; I benefited equally from international networking, collaboration across different research groups with various areas of expertise, and other unique opportunities, such as participating in seminars from visiting scientists and physicians. The Iacocca International Internship Program is extraordinary, unparalleled, and truly one of the highlights of my experiences as a Lehigh student.

- Barbara Tsaousis '18, Molecular Biology

Community Development, Indonesia, 2015

Being immersed in a beautifully different culture helped me learn about myself and others, and all of the similarities we share despite being from other sides of the world.  I learned so much about the cross-cultural applicability of my work and was   able to test, challenge, and learn more about my field, in ways I never could have without this experience.

- Netta Admoni '17, Counseling Psychology

Caring for Cambodia, 2015

The internship has tested me and has challenged me in ways I had never imagined.  I'm so grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow in such a dynamic and fast-paced environment, surrounded by brilliant and inspiring people.  Despite the difficulties that Cambodia has faced in the past half-century, Caring for Cambodia is making a tangible and lasting impact on their students, their families, and the community as a whole.  I'm so happy that I had the chance to work with them.

- Shannon Cassidy '17, Business Management

Campaign for Social Inclusion, Czech Republic, 2015

The International Internship Program that I participated in provided valuable life and work experience that I don't think I could have found elsewhere.  I feel as though I've grown as a person, gained perspective into a new culture, improved my leadership skills, and exponentially increased my ability to function independently.

-Lauren DiNapoli '18, Anthropology

Pathways Development Initiative, Uganda, 2015

The Iacocca International Internship program has been invaluable in shaping who I am as an individual and who I want to be post-graduation.  Because of the connections that I made with locals and the unique work experiences that I have gained, I can see myself coming back to the community that I served in time and time again.  The internship gave me a chance to not only explore the world, but also to explore who I am as a person. 

-Talia Dunyak '16, German/English

Skoda Auto, Czech Republic, 2015

The Iacocca International Internship was amazing.  While working for a multinational company, I experienced personal and professional growth.  I've increased my communication skills, time management, professionalism in a working environment, and made some great foreign friends while doing so.  It really is the perfect program.  This has truly been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I am extremely grateful that I had the chance to experience it.  My supervisors were very supportive and helpful, and I was able to actually provide useful information that the company could use in developing their marketing and business strategies.  In addition to all this, I got a chance to enjoy an entirely different culture and country. 

-Mike Leonhardt '17, Mechanical Engineering

Sustainable Development, Costa Rica, 2015

My experience as an Iacocca intern has been indescribable.  Travelling to a foreign country with another Lehigh student I barely knew was terrifying but getting on the plane was just the first step in learning to take risks, relax and trust that things will work out, and seize every opportunity.  Living and working in a different culture has allowed me to grow academically, professionally, and most of all personally.  I have a deeper appreciation for my own culture and a great appreciation for my host culture as well.  I have created countless memories and bonded with new friends over the challenges of navigating a foreign country and I know this is just the beginning of many amazing experiences.  I am excited for my next international experience and I feel confident now that I can handle anything and make the most of it.

-Kristen Meja '16 IDEAS

Luxembourg Institute of Health, Luxembourg, 2015

My first time in Luxembourg has exposed me to situations where I was challenged to work outside my comfort zone.  I can honestly say that I am coming home with a greater amount of confidence, independence and maturity.

-Danielle Mustin '16, Finance

Sites of Memory, Ghana, 2015

Coming in, I had no idea what to expect from my trip to Ghana.  The time leading up to it was surreal at best and when the day came to leave, I still couldn't believe it.  Stepping off the plane into the humidity, I finally realized where I was and that the next six weeks were beginning.  My time here has been incredible.  The food and the people and the culture is something that I have felt comfortable and at peace in since the beginning of the trip.  The experiences I've had and the research that I've done have definitely influenced some of future academic choices and have expanded my range of thought and have iimpacted me deeply on a personal level.

-Sidney Ro '16, English

Business Academy Rijeka, Croatia, 2014

The two months I spent abroad for the internship encompassed some of the greatest experiences of my life. The lessons  I learned and the things that the Iaccoca internship allowed me to do would have been impossible to do on my own. I only hope that I might be able to have an experience as amazing as this one in the future.

- Kyle Lum '15, Integrated Business Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Hutchinson Port Holdings, Hong Kong, 2014

By the end of the internship, you will be amazed by how much you have learned about the company and the industry, how many life long friendships that you have started, and how many beautiful sights that took your breath away. I probably know more than I would ever needed to know about the cranes in the shipping industry, but give all you have and I can promise you that it will be a rewarding experience. Don't be hesitant to reach out to an alumni or start a new friendship, they came a long way in building a support system for you abroad. 

- Royce Kok'16, Industrial Engineering and Finance

VIVA Group, India, 2014

During the internship I was able to participate in meetings and negotiations between people at a very high level of many organizations. These included the local government, local businesses and NGOs, as well as international businesses. This ability to partake in such meetings deepened my understanding of how business is conducted.

- Adam Smiechowski '15, IBE

Milan Communications Internship, Italy, 2014

If I hadn't applied to the Iacocca Internship Program on a whim, I would have missed out on an opportunity to have my work published in an international magazine, explore the beautiful country of Italy, and even attend some Fashion Week events. I experienced things during this internship that I would never have been able to if I stayed in the states. I would 100% recommend the program to anyone who wants an international experience that is not only fun, but impressively useful as well.

- Alexandra Venosa '15, Journalism/Science Writing

Office of the Vice Prime Minister and State Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of the Government of Georgia, 2012

My international internship in Tbilisi, Georgia was an extraordinarily enriching experience. Not only did I gain further insight into the versatility of my major and the countless career opportunities that lie ahead, but I also was able to thrive in a foreign environment and became a more adaptive, learned individual as a result. Learning new outlooks and perspectives on global issues truly broadened my horizons, which led to a degree of open-mindedness that I would not have been able to achieve prior. This internship heightened my passion for global education by reinforcing my belief that some of the most important life lessons are learned outside of the classroom. The relationships that I formed with my coworkers, my host family, and my Georgian friends will last long into the future. This international internship program has enhanced my Lehigh education in ways I never dreamed possible. The lessons are invaluable, the rewards are unmatched, and the overall experience is priceless.

—Anne Orenstein, Marketing with minor in Environmental Studies, Class of 2014