I had a great experience as an intern at the Commission for Educational Exchange between the United States, Belgium, and Luxembourg during summer 2013. After completing the internship and my studies in Illinois and Sweden, I started working at my alma mater, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and I’ve been there ever since. My current position involves supporting university advancement, fundraising, and alumni relations with alumni who live overseas. The internship with the Commission was my first time living abroad. At the time, I was studying the European Union, so it was exciting to live in Brussels, where so many EU activities take place. Facilitated by the wonderful staff at the Commission, I had the chance to visit the Belgian Parliament, NATO, and several EU institutions. We worked closely with the local U.S. Embassy; I met the U.S. Ambassador on the second day of my internship! Every day was exciting and different, and I have fond memories of the office and all of the places we visited. I highly recommend applying for an internship at the Commission to all who are interested. I gained several skills, such as how to multitask and work in a fast-paced environment, improving my intercultural communication skills, and overall a deeper knowledge of higher education and international relations. Since the Commission is so active with a variety of projects, an internship allows you to learn more about your own professional interests. Go for it!