From a Sports Internship Abroad to a Career with the Pittsburgh Steelers

Jun 17, 2016 11:58:20 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Spring2015_From_Lindsey_Spirk_-_Kangaroo-246063-edited.jpgWords by Lindsey Spirk, a communications major alumna from the University of Pittsburgh who studied abroad with CAPA Sydney during spring semester 2015.

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My name is Lindsey. I studied abroad in Sydney, Australia my spring semester junior year of college in 2015. Since then, I have graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and am now working with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Studying abroad in Sydney, Australia was undoubtedly one of the best and most fulfilling experiences of my life thus far. From exploring four out of the six states in the beautiful country, to taking selfies with kangaroos, to trying alligator pizza, to seeing a show in the famous Sydney Opera House, to skydiving across the ocean, to interning with a professional sports team, my time in Australia is an experience I will never, ever forget.

Going into college, I had a few goals set for myself that I wanted to accomplish in my four years at the University of Pittsburgh. I wanted to make sure I took full advantage of my time and resources. I knew those four years would help set the stage for me for the rest of my life. Studying abroad was high on my “to do” list. I was so excited to go on this adventure that I remember being in the study abroad office nearly once a week since I was a freshman. I started to learn a lot more about studying abroad and all that was available for me to maximize my time.


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Posted in: CAPA Alumni, Sydney, Australia, Internships Abroad, Sports Abroad

How Study Abroad Led to my Senior Year Success

May 6, 2016 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Emily_Kearns_Column_Profile.jpgWords by Emily Kearns, a CAPA Florence study abroad alumna. Emily will be writing a column called "Remembering Florence" on CAPA World the first Friday of every month.

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I’m officially a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, and I still have a hard time believing those words as they come out of my mouth. Out of all the great times from my undergraduate career, the ones that took place in Florence are those that are the most memorable to me, but the fun times spent abroad are not without lessons learned. The times spent in the amazing city of Florence contributed greatly to my success during the final year of my undergraduate career.


Here’s how:

1. IT GAVE ME CONFIDENCE. Whether it was finding my way around the city by myself, ordering food in Italian, or simply speaking up and talking to new people, I was sometimes placed in uncomfortable situations while in Florence. When I realized that I was able to successfully perform certain tasks that I previously thought I couldn’t, I began to develop a greater sense of self-confidence. By the end of the semester, I felt that I had the ability to do anything, and this newly instilled confidence has led me to accomplish great things this past year. I was able to step out of my comfort zone more, try out new activities and meet new people, and more assertively share my thoughts and feelings, all of which led to some of the best moments of my senior year.

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Posted in: CAPA Alumni, Florence, Italy

How a CAPA Dublin Internship Helped Kickstart My Career

Jan 11, 2016 12:20:30 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPA Dublin Study Abroad Alum Interview: Greg Mumford


Meet Greg, a CAPA Dublin study abroad alum who actually went on the program just after he graduated to gain internship experience which ended up landing him a great job for when he returned to the States. Below, Greg tells us about that internship, shares a few travel tips and talks about his interactions with local Dubliners who left an impression on him and made him feel welcome in their city.

CAPA WORLD: Tell us a bit about yourself.
GREG MUMFORD: Hi. My name is Greg Mumford and I am from Barrington, NJ. I spent summer 2015 abroad in Dublin, Ireland through the CAPA program at Clemson University. While at Clemson, I majored in Management with an emphasis in Information Systems (MIS). As a matter of fact, I actually did the CAPA program immediately after my graduation from Clemson in May of 2015. My hobbies include playing guitar, soccer, travelling, and meeting new people.


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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, CAPA Alumni, Careers

Hostel Life Continued: A View From the Other Side

Nov 13, 2015 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Dee Liang alumni column profile

Dee Liang is a CAPA Florence alumna and graduate of CU Boulder in Colorado, sharing her world as a study abroad alumna in bi-weekly CAPA World posts.

In today's column, Dee talks about hostel life closer to home in Denver, Colorado. 

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Before my backpacking trip this summer, I had read an article about a hostel opening up in downtown Denver. Without hesitation, I looked into it and contacted the owner. We agreed to meet after my trip, so after six weeks of hostel hopping in Europe, I was thrilled to check out Hostel Fish. Since July, I’ve been spending some time working there.

Upon walking up the stairs of the historic Airedale building of lower downtown Denver, I was appalled that I had always overlooked this structure right in the heart of the city. From the outside, it’s a brick building, fitting into the red facade of many of the buildings found in the area. The interior is revamped to reflect the modern progression of Denver, and parts of the original brick, wallpaper, and lathe are preserved to pay homage to the place. It’s awesome.

Photo: Airedale building

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Posted in: CAPA Alumni, Life After Study Abroad

Top Tips for Studying Abroad in Sydney

Oct 19, 2015 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPA Study Abroad Alumna Interview: Julia Economou

Julia Economou

Meet Julia, a CAPA study abroad alumna who spent spring semester 2015 in Sydney, taking classes and interning with a public relations agency. Her internship experience helped her secure another one when she returned to the States. Below, Julia shares her top tips for exploring Sydney and doing so on a budget, what aspects of the city went beyond her expectations and the changes she's seen in herself since her time overseas came to an end. 


CAPA WORLD: Tell us a bit about yourself. 
JULIA ECONOMOU: My name is Julia. I studied abroad in the beautiful Sydney, Australia. I attend the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a double major in journalism and communication as well as a minor in film studies. I love to golf, go to the gym, and of course travel! I have also visited Sicily through a journalism class at UMass.


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Posted in: CAPA Alumni, Interviews, Sydney, Australia

CAPA Study Abroad Alum Interview: Sam Schira

Jun 15, 2015 9:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

Meet Sam, a Michigan State University student who studied abroad in London with CAPA International Education during summer term 2014. Below, Sam talks about interning with the Crawley Town Football Club, experiencing reverse culture shock and how his experience abroad influenced his future career goals. 

CAPA WORLD: Tell us a bit about yourself, your hobbies and your interests. When and where did you study abroad? 
SAM SCHIRA: Hi all! My name is Sam Schira. I am a senior marketing major at Michigan State University. I’m originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan. No, the Black Keys were not making it up; it is a real place, I swear. I have always been a massive fan of football ("soccer" for all you Americans), which played a large role in me deciding to participate in the CAPA London summer internship program during the summer of 2014.
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Posted in: London, England, CAPA Alumni, Interviews

CAPA Study Abroad Alumna Interview: Julia Campana

Jun 8, 2015 9:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

Meet Julia, a CAPA Admissions Advisor who studied abroad in Florence with CAPA during Spring semester 2013. Below, Julia talks about what it's like to now work behind the scenes in our Boston office, her top Florence recommendations and a myth abot studying abroad that she'd like to debunk. 
CAPA WORLD: Tell us a bit about yourself.
JULIA CAMPANA: My name is Julia Campana. I’m originally from Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and am currently living in Boston! I studied abroad with CAPA in Florence through PITT during the Spring of 2013. I love to read, cook/bake, see live music, be outside, swim, and explore different cities (among lots of other things).
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Posted in: CAPA Alumni, Interviews, Florence, Italy

5 Tips & Fun Facts About Study Abroad

May 21, 2015 6:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

Words by Samantha Gauvain, a journalism major at Arizona State University, who was one of CAPA's official bloggers during her semester studying abroad in Dublin. We now welcome her back as a CAPA ambassador!

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Well, my rain coat is packed away; my camera is fully charged and the memory card is strangely empty; my bank account is strangely full and I’m sitting at an English-style pub (I know, I’m a traitor) listening to the Pogues and recounting that one time I was in Galway.

Ireland seems so far away; some vague land I lived in once, as evidenced by a tendency to say “to take away” rather than “to go.” I’ve tried to restrain myself from describing in full detail the violinist that cursed me on the streets of Galway and the Chinese Dragon that roamed the alleyway in Madrid. This is to spare my friends from endless babbling. But my self-control is weak.


Luckily, during my time as a CAPA ambassador, I’ve introduced a few students to the miraculous experience that is studying abroad and found that there are a few travel-crazed folk out there who are willing to hear my rambling tales. However, there is a large number of students I’ve talked to who were hesitant about studying abroad, not because of flight-induced anxiety or language barriers but because they thought it would be far too expensive or dangerous.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, CAPA Alumni, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

How An Internship in London Led to a Career Abroad

May 7, 2015 9:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_2012_Leonard_ChewWords by Leonard Chew, a University of Buffalo alum who studied abroad in London with CAPA International Education in 2012.

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The CAPA-UB (University at Buffalo) semester in London program which I participated in three years ago is a memory which I look back upon fondly.

I would say that those three months played a key role in shaping the direction I have taken in life. Sometimes I pause and think, what a good decision I made to apply for the program!

I am grateful to have reaped so much more than I expected. Besides broadening my horizons (I had previously never been to Europe before), it occurred to me that perhaps I should consider studying and working abroad, which indeed turned out to be the case. How different things might have been without the London experience.

Photo: With (part of) my London tribe outside our apartment

Back then, even though I was a psychology major, I decided to apply for an internship related to automobiles – one of my key but non-academic interests. When I received CAPA’s email informing me that they worked out an arrangement with Automotive PR (now Torque Agency Group), a public relations firm specialising in the automotive sector, I was overjoyed.

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Posted in: London, England, CAPA Alumni, Careers, Internships Abroad

CAPA Study Abroad Alumna Interview: Nicolette Carlos

May 4, 2015 9:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

Nicolette studied about in Florence with CAPA International Education during Fall semster 2014. Below, she talks about the culture shock when she first arrived and how she adjusted, what she learned about herself, her career goals and the world around her while she was in Italy and some of the places (gelato or live music, anyone?) she carved out as her own in this global city.

CAPA WORLD: Tell us a bit about yourself.
NICOLETTE CARLOS: I studied abroad with CAPA in the beautiful city of Florence, Italy during Fall semester 2014. I am a second year student at Riverside City College and I plan to transfer to a four year university as a Biology major. I really enjoy practicing yoga, reading, writing in my journal, listening to live music, hiking and having Netflix marathons. I’m also passionate about having conversations about art with anyone!
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Posted in: CAPA Alumni, Interviews, Florence, Italy