PROVIDENCE, RI – Rising juniors Janie Gion (Northfield, IL) and Meghan O’Brien (Bethesda, MD), members of the Brown women’s lacrosse team, and Lucy Green (Providence, RI), an incoming freshman on the Bears’ field hockey team, are currently participating in the Global Players Study Abroad Program for Student-Athletes. Gion and O’Brien are presently interning and studying, respectively, in Prague and training with a local Czech lacrosse club. Green is currently studying in Amsterdam and training at a Dutch hockey club.
Global Players is the first study abroad program specifically developed for student-athletes where participants take classes or intern in addition to international tournament play and weekly training sessions. Both Gion and O’Brien played in the biggest lacrosse tournament in Europe, the Berlin Open, in June and are now training with Czech players. Gion is interning at a well-known Prague Company, while O’Brien is studying at the University of Economics in Prague. Green is training at Bloemendaal Hockey Club, one of the best hockey clubs in the world, and studying at the University of Amsterdam.
“My international internship has been an incredible learning experience for me. I have gained valuable and unique skills at my job that I would not have learned in the States. On top of what I’ve accomplished at work, I have been lucky enough to travel to amazing cities throughout Europe with a fantastic group of people. It truly is an experience I will never forget and I am so grateful that I chose to travel and work abroad.”
“Being able to study and have an internship abroad was such a great combination of everything I wanted from this summer. I was able to learn about a different culture while also expanding my knowledge and preparing me for future jobs. My co-workers and boss were extremely helpful. What I learned is invaluable, and I felt appreciated and useful throughout my entire experience.”
“It is truly an incredible experience to be able to study abroad because it allows an individual to become fully immersed in the culture of a country and get to experience more than a typical tourist would. It was so rewarding to adapt to and to make Amsterdam my home for the summer, and it is an experience I will always remember.”
Global Players study, intern and coach abroad programs are open to student-athletes from all sports, from rising freshmen to recent graduates. For more information, visit, www.playtheglobe.org.