My American Dream came true with Architect-US

I heard for the first time about Architect-US Professional Career Training Program in a talk at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid. I had spent one year as student in Chicago and I always wanted to go back to the United States, but I knew it could be hard to get a Visa sponsorship by my own. So I always thought it might be not so easy to come back.

During the Autumn semester of 2016, one of my friend talked me about a talk focus on people who wanted to do internship and trainee programs in America. I went to the talk, and definitely I believed that the program could help me to continue my experience in the States. After some time, I had just graduated as an Architect a couple of months ago, I decided that I should give it a try. Before enrolling I elaborated my portfolio and CV. While I was gathering all the documents needed, I registered in Architects-US webpage. I was planning to submit my whole application after Christmas, but one of the person from the program, contacted me. We started looking for an architectural opportunity just few days before Christmas vacations. 

Once the holidays were over, everything happened so fast! Architect-US, and Patericia Garcia, Director of the Program, helped me throughout the whole process, sending me a few host company options. I was interested so I was submitted as a candidate. I remember doing the skype interview, I was so nervous. But everything went well and in less than a month I was flying to the States!

For me the experience could not be better. The program could not be more helpful. The office that I am working in Brooklyn, Manifold Architecture Studio is a great place for a first job. Because this was my very first time working ever, I had never been even an intern before. In the office where everybody tries to help you. They make you feel like one more, and they let you participate as much as you want. I feel that I am learning so much, and of course, I am improving my English. Also worth to mention, living in the States and in New York it is just an amazing experience. Not only professionally but personally. As I said I could not be happier with my decision on choosing Architect-US Internship Program to come back to the States.

Susana Zárraga


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