My name is Lillie Wilcox and I’m currently about to finish up my summer internship with Max Ricart, a luxury real estate firm in Barcelona. If you are thinking about doing an internship with SAI but aren’t sure….. DO IT!!!!
This has been the most amazing experience I have ever had, both professionally and just personally. The company was extremely flexible with hours so I was still able to travel with everyone in my program on the weekends (I was the only one doing an internship and all of my friends/roommates were taking classes at UAB- they also had an amazing experience, I should note). I also had my afternoons free to explore Barcelona, so I wasn’t spending all my days working.
I was able to travel around Spain (Sevilla, Ibiza, Roses, Canary Islands) and Europe (France, Greece, and Italy)! In my internship, I had the opportunity to tour houses and flats, work on the company’s marketing efforts, create inventories, work on some translating for the companies website, and dive more into the behind-the-scenes world of real estate. The staff was so wonderful and helpful and made every effort to make me feel welcomed.
Coming into this internship I really didn’t know much Spanish and through some classes and the help of my coworkers, I have learned more than I could even imagine. Beyond just the professional aspect of studying abroad, I had the opportunity to travel and really immerse myself in the culture through meeting new people, eating amazing food, and learning the beautiful language.
SAI (shoutout to Sandrine and Maurizio) planned the most fun activities for us (food tours, hikes, a catamaran, etc) and I grew a lot as a person. I recommend this experience wholeheartedly! :)
Lillie was a Summer 2021 Barcelona student from the University of South Carolina.