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7 reasons to intern in California

California is the most populous state in the U.S., and it also attracts the most tourists. California is an amazing place to live and visit. International interns in both Los Angeles and San Francisco will get to know the culture and experience some of the top reasons to live in California. From beautiful national parks to world famous music festivals, here are the top 7 reasons to live in California. 

1. Diversity

California is the most diverse state in the entire country. The Golden State is known in the U.S. for being extremely inclusive and accepting of all ethnicities, religions and sexual orientations. San Francisco’s annual Pride Celebration, which features an enormous and colorful parade, is world famous. Historically, California has always been a melting pot of cultures and languages, and has been a welcoming home for people from around the world.


reasons to live in California

2. Innovation

If you’re looking to be inspired, there are many good reasons to live in California. From the creative center of Los Angeles to the tech hub of Silicon Valley, there is innovation everywhere. Some of the world’s top companies got their start in California, including Facebook, Apple and Disney.

3. Natural wonders

California is famous for its forests, oceans, mountains and deserts. The state’s national parks, including Yosemite National Park, are some of the most visited in the country. The California coastline is equally famous, and incredibly scenic. Driving along the Pacific Ocean is a popular road trip for domestic and international travelers.

4. Music

California’s music festivals are famous worldwide. Between Coachella, Outside Lands and Lightning in a Bottle, there’s something for every music lover. Many of the world’s top musical names come to California to write and record, as well as to live and perform. The entertainment industry in the United States is centered around California, making it the perfect destination for music junkies and movie buffs alike.


reasons to live in California


5. Food

Due in part to its incredible diversity, California has amazing food. Cuisine from all around the world can be found in the restaurants and food trucks of San Francisco and Los Angeles. Among those living in the U.S., California is particularly famous for In-N-Out Burger. This burger chain serves up delicious hand-cut fries and burgers that Californians swear are the best in the country.

6. Weather

If you’re looking for mild weather, the west coast of the U.S. might be the place for you. While New York experiences frigid winters, California experiences large amounts of sun year-round.  Regardless of your weather preferences, California has something to offer everyone, from the dry heat of Death Valley to the foggy skies of San Francisco.

7. Top-notch cities

San Francisco and Los Angeles are household names around the world. For many, they represent opportunity and adventure. Both cities are extremely diverse, and each is unique. Global influences are strong in California, and most concentrated in the major cities. From history and art museums to gardens, restaurants and festivals, these are ideal cities for young professionals to live and intern in.



Now that you know the top reasons to live in California, apply now for an internship and experience the best of this great state!



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1. based on Sunset over Coachella, by musicisentropy, CC 2.0

2. based on Castro’s Colors, by David Goehring, CC 2.0

3. based on Veld Music Festival, by Veld Music Festival, CC 2.0

Photos and blog by Maeve Allsup

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