Internship experience in Paris

Simona Gaigalaite
Hello, I am Simona. More than six months ago I have finished my university back in Lithuania and received my bachelor’s degree. I was sure that I will participate in Erasmus exchange program since a long time, because I could’t have missed such an amazing chance to gain new experience.
I selected France, Paris, for my international experience not accidentally. This city and country wasn’t new for me I have spent lot of  time in Paris, so I knew what I could expect from the country itself. Since Paris is a big city it has many opportunities for young people. I knew that selection for the internship is not going to be easy, for this reason my preparation for my application took about 3-4 months.
I have sent several applications for the internship, but the end, I have received just few serious proposals from architectural firms. Finally, I have selected Studio Razavi Architecture, and I really did not regret it. I have gained a lot of experience working in the company, I learned a lot of new things, I got to know various cultures (Spain, Italy, Colombia …). I felt as a full-fledged employee at the company and I had more than one responsible task assigned to me, it was interesting to get to know work specifics and requirements of this country. I feel that my technical, theoretical knowledge has improved, as well as creativity.
Also, I have learnt more about Paris, I can easily say that I know this city not as a tourist, but as a local resident. During my living time in this city, I have discovered a lot of unknown places, restaurants, etc.
The internship was very useful to me. I have improved professionally, I got to  know a new country, new culture, new people. All this gave me an invaluable experience. I suggest to all students to not miss a chance to participate in the Erasmus + program!


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