I had a great time interning at Intelligentsia- it was really fun and I met interesting people from all over the world- but I did not gain the practical experience I was expecting from committing so much time and money to a program. The project that I had been confirmed to work on ended up being too advanced for my skill level, which I only learned upon arriving, so I had to create a new project once I was there. This was really disappointing, because the new project I settled on was completely different from the one I had applied for and been accepted for, and it was not relevant to my studies, and I wasn't given much guidance. I felt like I was just being appeased and given a project in order to have something to work on, and nobody cared if I learned anything from it, or if the project even went anywhere. Many students felt that our projects served the company way more than they benefitted us, even in my case where I paid a lot of money and worked on a project that went nowhere.