The Venetian Job: Can Productivity and Serenity Coexist?


Interning for the international office of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice offered insight to the ways in which an office job in Italy differs from one in the United States. My summer experience deepened my understanding of Italian culture and caused me to question preconceived notions while challenging me to gauge what was expected of me both socially and professionally. How do you gain trust and establish credibility in a new and foreign job environment? How do you engage with a new city and get to know its hidden spots and mysteries? What is there to learn from a position unrelated to your field of interest? How dolce is the Italian work culture and is there such a thing as too many coffee breaks?