I am going to talk about my own experience. It is very depend of the internship, the place, and the people you meet but I can tell you that I sow many difference between internship in Europe and in the united states. As much at the level of the internship as relation at the office between colleagues.
You are considered by the team as a member of it. You always have to do something or people are going to look at you like “what are she doing here?”
You can spend hours without doing anything without disturbing anyone …
Oh and if you see someone young walk fast enough not have the 6 café in there hands to be cold, there is a good chance that they will be in internship.
The minimum for an internship of more than 3 months it is 500 Euros per month.
You do not have to be paid.
Colleagues are not your friends, max you can spend a lunch with them but never share “private” things
The relationship between colleagues are much more relaxed and natural you can share and talke with every body … even your CEO.
They are a lot of difference, I thing that in France, interns are more considered and have a real place in the society (our own mail, a pay at the end of the month …)
But even if it is not true in New York, here people are more human and friendly than in France.
So both of them have quality and default and we can enjoy it differently.
And what about you? What was your best our your worse internship?