I’m a University of Rochester student that participated in EPA Internships in Europe Fall 2015 in Bonn, Germany. I interned with the German Ministry of Health and took two courses: Art & Culture and German Political Science. These courses were one-on-one classes with my professors, and they included many excursions.
I am so proud to say that my German improved tremendously over the course of the semester. Additionally, I learned so much from the exciting excursions and discussion-based classes than in the traditional classroom setting. My program director, Herr Prüßmann, was phenomenal, and I always felt secure knowing I could call him at any time with any issues. To this day I still keep in contact with my professors from EPA and Herr Prüßmann. It feels great to network and to know that I have these references for any future applications.
The most memorable aspect of my semester abroad, however, was my homestay. I lived with a host mom in Bonn, and we developed a close relationship. We ate meals together everyday, and I made sure to spend time with her on the weekends as well. Our time together made my semester in Bonn feel like home. EPA not only helped me to develop my professional self and gain priceless international work experience, but I also established connections and relationships to last me a lifetime.
Khamai Simpson, University of Rochester Class of 2017 (Bonn/Cologne, fall 2015)