Larissa Gil Sanhueza

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Larissa Gil Sanhueza

Major: Philosophy and German
Minor: Political Science
Hometown: Altoona, PA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I knew that I wanted to find an internship abroad so I did a lot of research before I found the program that worked for me! There is so much out there, and all you have to do is look a little bit.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

I completed a three month internship at a company called Red-Apis in Santiago, Chile. This company creates and promotes "inclusive technology" for deaf Chilean citizens and for tourists and/or immigrants that do not speak Spanish. The product I worked with the most was a system of video-interpretation called Vi-Sor. I worked as head of marketing and led several promotional projects for this service. I also served as the English-Spanish interpreter and provided several translations for government agencies and local commercial centers. Because no one at the company spoke English, I was also able to greatly improve my Spanish and learn a lot about Chilean culture along the way.

I was also able to greatly improve my Spanish and learn a lot about Chilean culture along the way

How did this experience impact you academically?

Academically speaking, I was able to fulfill one of my requirements for the Paterno Fellows Program, and I also received honors credits for completing an academic experience abroad. Although I do not study Spanish, I would say that my improvement in the language could be considered an academic improvement. Before this summer, I was only used to speaking Spanish with my parents. This doesn't really help my reading, writing, or vocabulary. Because I was in charge of all social media accounts for the company, I was writing in Spanish the entire time, and this was a tremendous help for my "Spanish word bank."

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

My current career goals are to attend law school after taking a gap year. I have not thought fully about what I would like to do during that gap year, but this internship got me very interested in doing translation work. I found out that translators can often be paid a substantial amount of money, and it would help me on a more personal note work even more on my language. I've always loved language, so this type of work sounds like a lot of fun. I would never have considered this option if I hadn't completed my internship this summer!

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I would absolutely recommend the Cultural Vistas program to other students. This program has connections and "sister" programs in countries all over the world. Although I completed an internship, this program also helps you find study abroad programs and opportunities for volunteer work.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.
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