Having the opportunity to work for I Solisti Aquilani and live in L’Aquila, Italy for a month greatly improved my Italian language skills and also gave me the chance to immerse myself fully in Italian culture. There is no better way to gain more appreciation and understanding for a country than to live there. This internship was the best way to do so while also gaining work experience in a completely new professional environment. I Solisti Aquilani is an incredible organization that improves the community and brings art to an area that was devastated by an earthquake in 2009. The people there were welcoming and super supportive during my time there and even brought me with them for a few concerts outside of the town. I am so glad I took a chance on this internship and can’t wait to go back and visit!