Intern & abroad: the ISI experience
It’s difficult to sum up everything I have learned during my time here as the Student Services intern at ISI. There were a lot of changes to adjust to: living in a foreign country again; recovering some of my meager Italian skills; working with people who were my authority figures… the list goes on, honestly. Taking any job straight out of college is full of anxieties, anticipations, and general mayhem during that strange adjustment period. However, I’m happy I had the chance to experience all of that here, in beautiful Florence, with some degree of familiarity. Having worked at ISI for seven months now, I can safely say that coming here was the best decision I could have made. I feel that I’ve grown as a person and as part of the workforce, acquiring skills in library cataloguing, editing, and event organizing. Next year, I will be moving to Spain to teach English as part of the Cultural Ambassadors Language Assistants program, offered by the Spanish government, and I will be sorry to leave Florence and ISI. However, I will always be grateful for the experiences I had here and I look forward to visiting again in the future!
Dominique Brigham, Arizona State University alumna