MIISP Alumni Testimonials
My experience performing biomedical research at the Fraunhofer Institute in St Ingbert, Germany was not merely one of lab work, soccer, and schnitzel – it was a catalyst for personal growth and self-discovery. I found a profession I can envision myself doing for the rest of my life, and realized that the land of fairy tales is where I want to live happily ever after.
One month down, three more to go. I received funding to work with an organization in Guatemala called CasaSito. I had a previous relationship with CasaSito from the service work I do with the student-led service group at the University of Michigan called Health in Action. During the 2008-09 school year and spring break 2009, we initiated a relationship and community development program with the community of Samox San Lucas, Guatemala. Now I have returned to Guatemala to continue to build a relationship with both CasaSito and Samox San Lucas.
[MIISP] certainly made things more manageable. I really had little idea what steps to take after I decided I wanted to intern abroad. I wasn’t at all aware that funding was available to students to travel and work abroad. MIISP has made me more confident going into this experience.
Made me aware of many of the things to consider before, during, and after a trip abroad.
It [MIISP] made me feel like I have people I can talk to if I have questions or concerns.
I feel so much better prepared for international travel, for my safety and health abroad, for the work in an international place, for handling the culture shock, etc. I am so much more confident in my abilities to succeed this summer. I really cannot emphasize how much MIISP helped me to make my dream trip actually happen!
I feel very prepared and I know that I have people back in Michigan excited for me about my trip.
I’ve learned what it’s going to take to be successful abroad.
I really appreciated having someone who was always there to answer my questions and hold my hand through this new and intimidating process!! I’m not sure I would have followed through with my abroad plans without MIISP’s help!
The most important thing that I have learned because of this program is that there are an incredible amount of international opportunities at U-M and elsewhere that are looking for eager participants. Before I was part of the program, I thought it would be difficult, if not impossible, to find an international internship program that suited my interests and accepted more than a select few participants.
I learned how to explore connections. Had [the program administrators] not encouraged me to “work the connections” I already had, I would never have pursued the internship I am looking at.
Last reviewed: 09/12