Student Spotlight: Stephanie Ng – An Internship Abroad

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UC Santa Barbara student Stephanie Ng studied abroad at King’s College London during the Fall 2015 term; while in London, she worked as an Advising Intern at the US-UK Fulbright Commission. Before studying abroad, Stephanie knew that she wanted to keep busy by supplementing her studies with an internship, but she didn’t realise how much she would grow to love working for the Fulbright Commission.

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Stephanie (left) at College Day 

I had an amazing time being an advising intern for the US-UK Fulbright Commission. It was definitely one of the best parts of my study abroad experience. I worked part time and was given a lot of responsibilities and opportunities to be a part of huge projects like College Day 2015 and helping the Sutton Trust kids [a programme for high achieving students] through their entire US college applications. I got to present seminars to students and their parents about studying in the US, and I even proctored the SAT Subject Tests at 7am in the morning!

Despite the 7am start, to Stephanie, proctoring the SATs was one the best parts of the internship. She had been reading these students’ applications and advising their teachers on how to write good letters of recommendation for months. She knew of their accomplishments and skills, but seeing them at the SATs allowed her to finally put a face and personality to the names she had been reading about for so long.

The last three months have been such a memorable learning experience with some of the nicest people I know. I have gotten a taste of what it is like to work in London, and I definitely hope that I can return sometime soon.