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Korean Interns Thrive at New York Construction Company

King Rose Construction hosts international interns from a variety of academic backgrounds, but they all share one thing in common: they’re all Korean. In the past few years, the New York-based contracting company has been home to seven interns through Cultural Vistas’ Korea WEST program, which brings Korean university students to the United States to study English, intern in an American company, and travel. King Rose has no formal ties to Korea, and the Korea WEST interns that they host rarely have experience specifically in construction. And yet, the company has found WESTies, as they are affectionately known, to be a…

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At Per Se, International Chefs Take a Seat at the Table

Excepting certain Thomas Keller main-stays, you’ll see a different menu every time you walk you through Per Se’s blue doors. This creativity is in part due to the diverse staff that collaborates in the Per Se Kitchen, including international trainees. With Chef de Cuisine Eli Kaimeh at its helm, the three Michelin-starred New York restaurant invents new concepts for their nine-course tasting menu daily. While the overall vision of the restaurant is Thomas Keller’s, the whole kitchen staff of 40 is involved in planning the next day’s dishes. “[It’s] usually a discussion by everybody sitting around a table. And that…

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An Internship Hundreds of Years in the Making

When a library houses the world’s largest Shakespeare collection, including 260,000 printed books and 60,000 manuscripts dating as far back as the late 13th century, it needs a team of conservators dedicated to keeping them intact. That’s where the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Conservation Lab comes in. They’re the ones who ensure that we’re still able to enjoy books, manuscripts, and art on paper from hundreds of years ago. It takes many years of practice to know how to best treat a damaged manuscript or rebind a book that is literally falling apart at the seams. That’s why for Folger Shakespeare…

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Racing Toward a Career in Motorsports

Engines revving, tires screeching, fans cheering. These are the sights and sounds that fill the air on race day at the Sebring International Raceway in south-central, Florida.  But for one of Cultural Vistas’ Train USA interns, Canadian Tiffany Lodder, racing is about more than fast cars and loud motors.  It’s about developing relationships and giving back to the community.  For Tiffany, racing is a passion on which she is building her career. Tiffany has been a fan of motorsports since her childhood.  She recalls watching the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 with her father, an avid stock car racer who initially…

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Meet the Career Host Mom

Julian Neumark, a German student, walked down the escalator into his new city of Madison, Wisconsin to see a family of unfamiliar faces. Vinny, his brother-to-be, was wearing a button down shirt tight around his neck. While Julian later learned Vinny had just gotten off work at a pharmacy, his first thought was “hopefully he’s not too weird.”