AGEC students called Amsterdam home for two months over the summer
Written by Kendell Combs, Junior, Agribusiness Management & Agricultural Communication
Students were able to earn college credits toward their degree while spending two months in Amsterdam, Netherlands this past summer. Through this study aboard program, students are able to take a 3-credit course and also have a 3-credit internship. The Amsterdam study abroad is directed toward students who are eager to take an independent, fresh look at the world and at themselves. Two Agricultural Economics students were able to do just that.
Emily Rosenbaum (Junior; Agribusiness Marketing; Salem, IN) and Emily DeCamp (Junior; AgriFinance; Zionsville, IN) had the opportunity to grow individually, globally and educationally while away in Amsterdam. They were able to immerse in local Dutch life, which is much different from that in the United States. Along with that and earning six credits, Rosenbaum and DeCamp both were able to participate in a challenging internship.
Rosenbaum’s internship was with a consulting firm called 361degreesLAB. She was in charge of improving their social media accounts and helping them market themselves more online. Through this experience, Rosenbaum learned a lot about social media and how different countries have different laws for online marketing. “This internship was the best hands-on learning opportunity, because I knew the bare minimum coming into it but had learned so much by the end.” DeCamp’s internship involved her working alongside a small business owner to help improve the owner’s business model and branding. “It was such a unique experience that Purdue offered me, and I gained so many valuable lessons about not only myself, but the global world we live in.”
DeCamp describes a typical day in Amsterdam started by heading to lectures, walking alongside a group of Purdue students and “always stopping for an espresso, of course.” In the afternoon, they spent their time working on their internships, exploring the city, or going to different businesses or cities in the Netherlands. This room for exploration allowed the students to experience things outside the classroom and immerse themselves more into the Dutch culture.
There were a few weekends where the students could travel, so Rosenbaum tells of them visiting London, England, Aachen, Germany, Barcelona, Spain, and some surrounding cities of Amsterdam. They even got to go sailing one weekend in the Wadden Islands of The Netherlands. This was her favorite activity of the summer because they lived on a boat for four days with each other and saw how different each part of the Netherlands really is. DeCamp’s most loved city besides Amsterdam was Lisbon, Portugal because she says the culture there is so rich, the houses are all painted in vibrant colors, and the views are unbeatable.
DeCamp admits that there is a lot you learn from being thrown into a foreign country for two months by yourself. “I can confidently say my perspective on life and my character as a person has changed. I have become more independent and self-aware. It enriched my college experience here at Purdue so much.”