A Marketing and Communications Internship at Unbridled in Sydney

Sep 23, 2018 12:30:00 PM / by Martyn Megaloudis

Martyn Megaloudis

Martyn Megaloudis is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Marketing major at the University of Pittsburgh, he is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Martyn tells us about his internship responsibilities at Unbridled with consultant Louise Taylor and what he hopes to achieve by the end of the semester.

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For my CAPA internship, I am interning as a marketing and communications intern for Unbridled Pty LTD. Unbridled is the brainchild of Louise Taylor, who is a motivational speaker and sales consultant. It is a small company—the first time that I have ever been part of one—where the only other employee is Louise herself. I work from her home office in Illawong, which is about an hour away by public transport. While I am the only other person besides Louise, I do have the company of Louise’s golden retriever, who, while lacking in technical skills is definitely a team player and a joy to have around. Working in a smaller setup is something I am not used to, but I’m excited to see what I can learn from interning at a startup.

Interning at Unbridled with Louise Taylor (Logo)

In terms of the actual internship duties, I will be helping to create a wide range of marketing materials—from editing together podcasts to customer relationship management. Basically, anything that falls under the broad scope of the marketing field will more than likely come into my hands during this internship. As someone who only really has internship experience on the technical side of marketing, this is an exciting way for me to gain knowledge of aspects of marketing that I have yet to encounter both in school and from my other internship experiences.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Internships Abroad, Internships in Sydney

Why I Like the Location of My Study Abroad Accommodation in Sydney

Sep 21, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Lorenzo Corazzin

Lorenzo Corazzin

Lorenzo Corazzin is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Global Studies major at the Arizona State University, he is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Lorenzo talks about his study abroad accommodation in Sydney and the advantage he has of being located centrally in the city.

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I want to take the time to talk about the CAPA accommodation in Sydney. I feel like that is a very important topic and a concern for anybody who is considering a study abroad experience. You might be doing amazing activities and trying new things but you will still need to have the necessities for your everyday life.

A Different Part of the City

Housing is included with the program costs and students have the option to choose between a homestay with an Australian family and the dorm with other American students. People may pick the second option if they want the college life vibe. The location is in Ultimo, a very central neighborhood in Sydney, where it’s easy to reach most corners of the city. It takes 5-10 minutes to walk to Central station from the apartment, and you can even walk to the Central Business District, which is about 20 minutes away, or decide to take one of the many options available between trains and buses to get there. To get to a beach in the Eastern Suburbs (Bondi or Coogee usually), you can take a bus at Central and be there in 25 minutes.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Accommodation Abroad

How I Experience the Global and Diverse Characteristics of Sydney Daily

Sep 14, 2018 12:30:00 PM / by Lorenzo Corazzin

Lorenzo Corazzin

Lorenzo Corazzin is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Global Studies major at the Arizona State University, he is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Lorenzo expresses how Sydney is a good representation of globalization, diversity, location, and natural resources.

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Sydney is considered a global city by every measurable standard, being constantly cited as one of the world’s most multicultural, influential, and livable cities. A short walk around the Central Business District would have anyone compare the city to New York or London or any other metropolis on this planet. It is one of those places where it does not matter who you are or where you are from, you will find something you like to do. Getting around and managing to live in Sydney is a learning experience all by itself, so it’s a great location to do a study abroad program, but even better if you want to intern because there are endless opportunities.

Passing Through the City

The best thing about Sydney is that although it is a global city, has a big town vibe and all the positive aspects that come with that, it is never too far from nature. There are parks everywhere, sometimes so spacious and well-kept that it does not even feel like you’re in a city anymore. My personal favorites are the Royal Botanic Garden with views of the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbor Park by Manly Beach, and the Chinese Garden of Friendship, which is just a walk from the university and my accommodation in Ultimo. Even better, there are many beautiful beaches, probably the most I have seen in one single city. There is nothing that beats relaxing in front of the ocean after a week of work or school—I think that is something many people would pay for.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Diversity Abroad, Globalization

Commuting to My Internship on Public Transportation for the First Time

Sep 12, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Martyn Megaloudis

Martyn Megaloudis

Martyn Megaloudis is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Marketing major at the University of Pittsburgh, he is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Martyn shares his first-time experience using public transportation in Sydney and what his commute to his internship placement is like.

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I want to officially start off this post by talking about Sydney’s transportation. I wanted to talk about something that at face value may seem “boring,” because something that I quickly realized this week is that studying abroad isn’t a total transitional state. I still have homework, I still have to take the train and the bus to my internship, and I still have to deal with monotony. Obviously, there’s quite a bit of shake-up living in an entirely new country but there’s also a strange sense of familiarity in my day-to-day life that I personally wasn’t expecting.

Opal Transportation Card

4The biggest difference that I’ve had to deal with so far is the way you’re charged. At Pitt, you pay once you hop on the bus and that’s all you have to worry about. In Sydney, you tap your Opal card (transportation card) once when you get on a bus/train/ferry, and then you have to tap once again when you get off—that’s how they calculate the fare. I’ve nearly jumped back into a bus at least twice because I forgot to tap off when I was leaving. It’s a bit easier with trains considering you can’t walk out of the station without doing it, but it’s still something to get used to.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Internships in Sydney, Transportation

My Arrival in Sydney & First Impressions

Sep 7, 2018 10:00:00 AM / by Lorenzo Corazzin

Lorenzo Corazzin

Lorenzo Corazzin is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Global Studies major at the Arizona State University, he is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Lorenzo shares about his journey to Sydney and his impressions of the city so far.

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I arrived in Sydney on a cold, busy Wednesday morning. Having been through many immigration processes almost everywhere in the world, I really have to give a shoutout to the Australian department. They were very quick, very efficient, had everything on an electronic database (basically no stamp on your passport) and also they were polite, quite an occurrence in these situations. The wait for luggage was not bad as most of them were delivered within thirty minutes from arrival.

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As I arrived at Urbanest on Wattle St (the CAPA apartments), the residence staff was there waiting and they were fairly fast and efficient in helping students get set up and find their place. Orientation was set for the same day at noon, so I had time to take a shower and start unpacking. The first day in Australia was really tough to stay awake. With my roommates, we fed off meeting each other, talking, listening to music and playing video games to be able to stay up until dinner time. To fight the jet lag I always find melatonin extremely useful, so you can start controlling your sleep schedule and be up and energetic for the right moment.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Study Abroad, Arrival

How My Packing Woes Turned into Pre-departure Lessons

Sep 5, 2018 11:00:00 AM / by Martyn Megaloudis

Martyn Megaloudis

Martyn Megaloudis is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Marketing major at the University of Pittsburgh, he is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In his first post, Martyn talks about his preparation to study abroad in Sydney and reveals how he quickly learned from his packing mistakes by turning them into lessons.

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Hey everyone!

My name is Martyn Megaloudis, and I’ll be blogging about my Fall semester with CAPA's Sydney Program. I am a 3rd year senior at the University of Pittsburgh studying marketing. Before I went to Pittsburgh for college I lived in North Plainfield, New Jersey, for most of my life. In my spare time, I participate in Pittsburgh Attacks Cancer Together, and I am the social media chair for the Chi Colony of Pitt’s Sigma Pi fraternity. Other than that I enjoy going on hikes, heading to the movies, and discovering and listening to new music.

Packing

I would have like to have said that I heavily prepared for my semester abroad in terms of packing, but to be completely honest all of my preparation came about a day before my plane was scheduled to leave. I was so used to splitting my time moving between Pitt and New Jersey that it didn’t hit me until August 15th that I actually had to plan differently, instead of figuring out a carload of things to pack what I needed, I had to condense my semester into a single suitcase. I, then, took a few days to procrastinate on what to pack and waited until the day before to actually pack.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations, First Thoughts

Leading Up to My Decision to Study Abroad in Sydney

Aug 31, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Lorenzo Corazzin

Lorenzo Corazzin

Lorenzo Corazzin is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Global Studies major at the Arizona State University, he is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In his first post, Lorenzo reveals what went into his decision to study abroad in Sydney and shares some travel tips from his international experience.

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The decision to study abroad for me came as a result of specific academic requirements for my Global Studies major at Arizona State University. I did not think the requirements were too excessive so I complied with them and decided that, because of logistics (I was already abroad), that the first semester of my senior year would be a perfect time to do a study abroad. The fact that through the CAPA program I would be able to get an internship during this time did make a big difference in the decision process, as I am entering a personal development phase where I value experience.

Photo of Myself with a Mural in Sydney

My expectations for Australia are to find it very similar to America for the most part, especially because Sydney, as a big international city, has some of the features of big cities everywhere. What I think is going to be different is the amount of first-generation immigrants and how their culture mixes with the Australian culture. I am excited about being in a harbor town since I love the sea—and I know Sydney has some breathtaking beaches. I also love being in new cities and exploring them, so that is also a plus.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations, First Thoughts

An Internship Experience in the Australian Legal Sector with Holman Webb Lawyers

Aug 24, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Marianne Zarzar

Marianne Zarzar

Marianne Zarzar is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance major at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Marianne shares about her internship experience at Holman Webb Lawyers in Sydney and what she has learned about legal field in Australia.

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When deciding to study abroad, the only thing I knew for sure was that I wanted to complete an internship while abroad. I wanted to know what the workplace is like in other countries, all while gaining some experience in the legal field. During my time in Sydney, I interned at Holman Webb lawyers, which is a commercial and insurance law firm.

Outside the Supreme Court in SydneyOutside the courts in Sydney.

In all honestly, I was nervous when I first learned about my placement since I knew close to nothing about that sector of the legal field. Despite that, and after having my Skype interview with my supervisor at Holman Webb, I decided that it would be an amazing and challenging opportunity. Unsurprisingly, I found that everyone at the firm was very welcoming and willing to teach me everything I needed to know. I think that nervousness is totally normal among almost everyone who does internships, especially when doing so in a new country. However, I had to remind myself that our placements were not expecting us to be experts, and were expecting to have to teach us everything we needed to know.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Internships Abroad, Internships in Sydney

Top 10 Places with the Best Views Around Sydney

Aug 18, 2018 4:30:00 PM / by Marianne Zarzar

Marianne Zarzar

Marianne Zarzar is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance major at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Marianne shows us 10 beautiful places with the best views and photo spots around Sydney.

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One of the reasons why I have loved Australia so much is because of its shockingly beautiful landscapes and views. Because I think Australia is utterly stunning and I wanted to share it with everyone, I had the idea to create this top 10 list of views in Australia. I hope this list gives you an idea of how beautiful Australia is, and makes you fall in love with it as much as I did!

1. On the Ferry to Manly

A View of the Sydney Harbour Bridge on the Ferry to ManlyA sunset by the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

You can either cruise on a regular ferry to one of the prettiest beaches and beach towns in Australia, or choose to take a fast ferry to Manly. Either way, you will be able to enjoy one of the best views of both the Harbour bridge and the Opera House. The ferries take you up close to both of best known views of Sydney, so you will be able to take close up pictures that are Instagram- and postcard-worthy. Make sure to also take the ferry ride at night to get a different, and also equally beautiful view of the city.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Top 10, Environment

My Global City: An Evening at the Sydney Observatory

Jul 14, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Marianne Zarzar

Marianne Zarzar

Marianne Zarzar is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance major at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Marianne talks about her favorite My Global City event at the Sydney Observatory and seeing the Australian night sky, planets, and a new way of our place in the universe.

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One of the things I love about CAPA is the number of group activities they plan for us. Not only do these events allow us to experience the city, they also enable us to learn more about the culture of our new home for the summer. Some activities we have done so far include a food crawl in Newtown, a tour of the Blue Mountains and Featherdale Wildlife Park, and a film during the Film Festival. But that’s not all; just last week we had the opportunity of going to the Sydney Observatory by Barangaroo to learn about the Universe and our Solar System.

Night Sky from One of the Domes at the Sydney ObservatoryThe night sky from one of the domes.

Going to the Observatory has definitely been one of my favorite activities thus far. I love learning about anything and everything, and so listening to all of the facts our tour guide shared with us during our tour was amazing. Not only did we get to learn from Chris, our tour guide, we also had the opportunity to look through two different telescopes and go inside a room to look at what our night sky would look like without light pollution.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Activities Abroad, My Global City

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