October 17, 2013
My name is Elisa and I am an intern with the Cultural Program at Deutsches Haus. Currently, I am a Ph.D. student at the German department at Yale University. I came to the U.S. in 2011 as a Fulbright student, and liked living and studying here so much that I decided to stay to complete a Ph.D.
So while living in America is not new to me, the life in New York is, and I am enjoying it very much! I had a lot fun living in New Haven, CT, for the past two years, but ever since I came to the U.S. I wanted to move to New York. I think it is a place where it is impossible to get homesick because you can find everything that you have back home and so much more … except Schwarzbrot maybe.
This is also why I became interested in Deutsches Haus as a German New York institution: it is a platform for my own German speaking culture in the middle of one of America’s cultural capitals, which is also a microcosm of the world. Thanks to my internship I get to know many facets of intercultural communication that are entirely new to me – in the preparation and realization of events, in our social media outreach, as well as in the context of our different writing and research tasks. And, of course, a very important part of what makes me feel ‘zu Hause’ at Deutsches Haus, is the kind and supportive team that makes the internship here a special one!