When I was away at college, my brother and his wife had their first baby, named Braelynn. I never got to see her because I was attending classes on campus and never made the trip home. Now, I get to tuck my niece into bed every night and catch up on all of the lost time I had as an Auntie. I love the freedom that I have been given to be working from wherever I choose. I have a lot of time to work on other projects, classes, or hobbies. This internship has helped me find myself and allow my creative thoughts and ideas to be pronounced. I have worked from a boat, I have worked while on a beach, and I have attended virtual meetings while babysitting.
It is amazing how this internship program encourages me to travel internationally but also has made me closer to my family at home. Although I do still plan on studying abroad in 2022, I will never take this summer for granted. I spent the whole summer being completely immersed into a new culture while never feeling homesick. Interning virtually has many different perks, but flexibility is so important to me. I am blessed to have this opportunity to create my very own work schedule, and I look forward to seeing what the rest of my internship has in store for me!
Riley Mihm is a Summer 2021 CEA Content Contributor and a virtual intern for an organization in Prague, Czech Republic. She is currently a student at the University of Iowa.
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