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Is University of Dreams a scam?

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Adrian Michael on September 12th, 2011:

I asked myself the same question when I first came upon "University of Dreams" or "Dream Careers. I can assure you, it is not. It was one of the very first rummors put to sleep during our first seminare. University of Dreams, its original name, now known as Dream Careers, is an organaziation dedicated in placing young adults (18-26) in internships of ther interested feild, in a wide variety of cities nationwaide and across the globe. 

Enrique Ca on April 2nd, 2013:

Did it helped you get a Job after you graduated from College?

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Chandler W. on March 5th, 2012:

Dream Careers is not a scam at all. I was hesitant at first but it is 100% legit. I was a participant in the New York City program in 2011, hands down best summer of my life. I can see where people are coming from about "why pay for an internship" but I see it this way. If you want an internship in a big city, and your from a small town, it's not easy. If I wanted to get an internship on my own in New York City I would end up spending so much on a place to live for just two months ( I don't know where you would be able to live just for 2 months in NYC anyway). You also get a meal plan at NYU, which has great different cafeterias to choose from. The unlimited swipe metro card is also included that I used about 4 times a day. You also get broadway tickets, Yankee game tickets and a trip to Washington D.C. included. The dorms that you stay in are super nice and are apartment style. The Dream Career staff is super nice and helpful. I don't regret my decision at all.

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Ash Starkweather on September 12th, 2011:

Not at all. I was a participant in the 2011 program in LA!


It is expensive, but it includes everyting you need for the summer:


Food, Living Expensives, Transportation, Friends, weekend avtivities, and even a top of the notch Internship Expierence.

I had the best summer of my life, with the best internship possible, and made some life long friends and valuable connections in the industry.

And did I mention that I have a JOB lined up now when I graduate in may?!


University of Dreams is what helped me accomplish my dreams: and if you want to do the same, I challenge you to do the same.

Ben F. on January 22nd, 2012:

sock puppet

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Lyssa B. on September 12th, 2011:

Definitely not a scam, I was on the Barcelona Summer 2011 program and had one of the best summers of my life.


I worked with a company called Gestor Energetico (I was their marketing intern for 2 months of the summer) and I got some great experience and even improved my Spanish skills!


I met some amazing people and I still keep in touch with a bunch of them. My whole trip is even planning on having a reunion over winter break!!


The best part about my experience in Barcelona was the fact that we really got to do a lot of local stuff instead of just the typical tourist stops. Yes, I went and saw all of the Gaudi architecture (which is amazing by the way) but I also went to some amazing local restaurants and even saw a live flamanco show. A bunch of my guy friends went and ran with the bulls one weekend and all of my girlfriends and I took weekend trips to Amsterdam, Mallorca and Italy.


These two months made up the best summer of my life and I had such an amazing time that I'm now working with the Dream Careers program itself as a Marketing intern!

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Mary M. on September 21st, 2011:

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Annica B. on September 28th, 2011:

Honestly, I do not understand why anyone would pay for an internship. There are so many internship opportunities availible to college students, and no employer is going to be impressed that you paid for an internship. So, while it may not be a full-on scam it is certainly a questionable line on your resume. Get a big kid internship. And get on LinkedIn!

Franchesca Davis on October 5th, 2011:

Annica, the payments cover the costs of room and board, transportation, food etc. When employers look at where you have interned they are not going to see "Dream Careers" they are going to see the place you interned at whether it is BET, CNN, etc. Dream Careers helps place you in big named companies that would be harder to get into by yourself. It gives you a chance to network etc. Trust me, I thought the same thing but the benefits outweigh the costs. Think about it, if you were to get an internship by yourself in NYC, the costs would equate up to the program costs by a long shop because you would have to provide your own food, your own transportation, and even rent. So this is not in fact questionable on your resume at all. I have friends that have been through this program as well that have gained networking opportunities to others post graduation. A friend of mine interned at Dr. Phil and will now be working there. Another got a job offer so those are the benefits that come along with it. As far as it being a "big kid" internship, this goes above and beyond that

Anonymous on October 11th, 2011:

Honestly, every positive review above looks like it was created by a spam bot. Just saying. You can do all of that shit without paying a fee. Including make friends.

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Jay Vu on January 21st, 2012:

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Anonymous on January 22nd, 2012:

I smell sock puppets.....

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James A. on February 22nd, 2012:

Dream Careers has a great marketing department, I'll give them that. Everywhere you look you'll find nothing but glowing reviews, with every participant swearing it was the best thing that happened in their life. Not one review sounds realistic. Anyway, like the lone poster said above, there are many avenues you can take to find an internship without having to pay almost $10,000 for one that doesn't even pay. If it looks like a scam, and smells like a scam, it probably is. Save your money and invest your time in networking, school events, professional meet-ups, etc.

Emanuele B. on April 9th, 2012:

Hi James, if you really believe so why don't you call me so I can tell you how these "unrealistic" comments are actually the truth, I did the program in 2010 and it changed my life completely. I don't think you have enough info to actually make such a strong statement. My skype name is manu.227 hit me up at anytime I'll be more than happy to show you and tell you about my experience, so you can see it's not a spambot saying these things. And just to clarify, you don't spend $8000 to get an internship but like a study abroad program you pay for all the logistics including housing, meals, transportation and stuff like that and on top of that you get an amazing service. Please reach out to me

Enrique Ca on April 4th, 2013:

Hi Emanuele, I am considering joining the program but not sure. could you tell me exactly how Dream Careers helped you to get where you are right now? did it helped you to get a job after you graduated? thanks for your answers!!

Anonymous on March 5th, 2012:

Dream Careers is not a scam at all. I was hesitant at first but it is 100% legit. I was a participant in the New York City program in 2011, hands down best summer of my life. I can see where people are coming from about "why pay for an internship" but I see it this way. If you want an internship in a big city, and your from a small town, it's not easy. If I wanted to get an internship on my own in New York City I would end up spending so much on a place to live for just two months ( I don't know where you would be able to live just for 2 months in NYC anyway). You also get a meal plan at NYU, which has great different cafeterias to choose from. The unlimited swipe metro card is also included that I used about 4 times a day. You also get broadway tickets, Yankee game tickets and a trip to Washington D.C. included. The dorms that you stay in are super nice and are apartment style. The Dream Career staff is super nice and helpful. I don't regret my decision at all.

Laura B. on November 28th, 2013:

this is more or less the same comment made by chandler W a few cmebts up... scam deffo

Laura B. on November 28th, 2013:

this is more or less the same comment made by chandler W a few cmebts up... scam deffo

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Danny Zeff on March 15th, 2012:

Is there like an inside joke going on in these comments? Because every single "this is not a scam!" review has the exact same structure. It's almost like Mad Libs in the comments.

Emanuele B. on April 9th, 2012:

As I told James up here feel free to add me on skype manu.227 so you can see you are not actually talking to a spambot and I can tell you about my experience. Instead of just making statements with little info you guys have, do some actual research and please try and notice that you are not paying $8000 to find an internship, you are not paying an employer to hire you, you are paying a company to provide you with all the logistics you need when interning in a major city, like housing, meal plan, transportation etc. etc. and as I already said they only act as a gate between the employer and the student. Please do reach out to me

Laura B. on November 28th, 2013:

did you ever add the spambot on Skype??? I asked them to set me up with some people from uk or Ireland to speak to before I paid and people commented under my Facebook comment to message them, but when I did straight away, no reply... it was just said on the Facebook page so people would think it's light! TOTAL SCAM

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Breanne Gill on September 12th, 2011:

This is 100% false. 


The University of Dreams was the best summer of my life thus far. They work with your tirelessly to ensure that you land the internship that you want. Once you get to your destination you're given your transporation guide to get to work. Food, accomodations, transporation to work, sponsered activites, seminars are all included. The people that you meet with transform your lives, and the opportunities are endless. You get to go out and figure out who you are, while still have a support system of all the other dreamers and staffers to fall back on. 


It is so joke, University of Dreams is real, and it does what it sets out to to: it puts your foot in the door of amazing corporations, and let you do the rest. 

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Michelle V. on September 12th, 2011:

I just returned from a summer in Hong Kong with Dream Careers and I was blown away with the program. I felt I truly got more than my money's worth because of the unbelieveable internship experience I had, the excellent accomidations, the knowledegeable staff, and the well-prepared tours. Dream Careers really worked hard to create not just a "summer destination," but a complete, intricate, and detailed "summer experience!" I would do another Dream Careers internship in a heart-beat.

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Cassy Cobble on September 12th, 2011:

This is not a scam! I did the 2011 summer program in Chicago and had one of the best summers of my life! Although it is expensive, I think it is worth every penny. It includes a food, living, seminars, special events, transportation and a bomb internship!


I got an awesome internship with Gilt City and I walked away with a great company to put on my resume, a great experience and great network of people I met in Chicago through work as well as the people in the program. I met some awesome people who I know I will be life long friends with!! We got to explore the city and I was able to figure out who I am and what I want when I graduate in May.


This experience changed my life and I now want to work in Chicago, and I know being a part of Dream Careers they will always be there to help and support me. They have an amazing team that helps you with every step of the way and guarantees you the internship of your dreams!!!


I now am a campus marketing intern for Dream Careers for my school, so you never know what opportunities this experience will throw at you! I honestly would take the chance, go out of your comfort zone and become a dreamer like all of us have, it truly is an amazing program and worth everything! I would do it all again in a heart beat!!!

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Jess Soyak on September 12th, 2011:

Dream Careers is no scam! This past summer I was a participant in the Los Angeles program and landed an incredible internship in the music business. I made many great contacts and gained college credits through NYU for the internship I participated in! It does sound too good to be true but the great news is, it isn't!


I can't wait to go back next summer. Have no doubts potential Dreamers. DO IT!

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Steven Bryan Zonsius on September 13th, 2011:

This program is definitely NOT a scam. 


I participated in the Barcelona program this summer also, and I can easily say that it was the best summer of my life.


Dream Careers is an extremelly professional company throughout the entire internship placement process. Going in, I did not know much about the company, or the program for that matter, but the end result was outstanding. They set you up with an internship coordinator, who guides you through the process, answering any questions you might have. 


Once placed, be prepared to have the summer of a lifetime. Dream Careers sets up some amazing trips too: I visited the South of France at Carcassonne, had some of the greatest food ever in Costa Brava, Spain, and saw some of the greatest architechtural structures in the world! I also had the opportunity to run will the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, and visit Brussels, Belgium for Europe's largest concert. 


Not only will you have a blast in whichever program you choose, you will also gain many skills from the internship you are placed in. Dream Careers went through a lot of work to make sure each student was satisfied with his or her internship, and even made special arrangements for students who wanted to work in a very specific area of business. 


So, that being said, Dream Careers is DEFINITELY NOT A SCAM, and you should apply as soon as possible. You won't regret it!

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Amber P. on September 13th, 2011:

Absolutely not!


I particapted in a Dream Careers (once known as University of Dreams) internship in Hong Kong 2 summers ago. I had an incredible internship with a marketing/branding company. Getting that work experience has made my resume unbelievable and helped me land several other internships. It is such a great company that sets students up with awesome companies and internships in some of the best cities around the world.

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John Teevan on September 13th, 2011:

No way is Dream Careers a scam in any way or form.  I participated in the 2011 San Francisco internship program and it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.  I made friends I will be able to keep in contact with for years to come, gained valuable working experience in one of the most competitive cities in America and had a valuable staff who cared for my saftey and well being. 

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John Teevan on September 13th, 2011:

No way is Dream Careers a scam in any way or form.  I participated in the 2011 San Francisco internship program and it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.  I made friends I will be able to keep in contact with for years to come, gained valuable working experience in one of the most competitive cities in America and had a valuable staff who cared for my saftey and well being. 

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Matthew Tyler on September 13th, 2011:

Dream Careers isn't a scam, it's an opportunity. I just participated in the Los Angeles 2011 Summer Program and had the time of my life. It is a program was you really get the chance to learn about yourself also others. It gives you an experience that you have control in and to make the best of it. The networking skills I have gained because of it make me a better person today. I will always remember my experience because I made the best of it. I've taken all that I’ve learned and put it in my every day life to make me even better. I've grown as individual in many ways as well. The companionships I have made with the coworkers, staff and the great friends is something I will have for the rest of my life. It was an experience of opportunity, nothing close to any type of scam.

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Amanda Paden on September 14th, 2011:

Dream Careers is not a scam, it is an amazing program! I was in the Chicago 2011 summer program. Dream Careers helped me update my resume, set up interviews and helped me get the perfect internship. During the summer they provided housing, food, seminars and events. Not only did I have my internship, I was able to explore Chicago which I would never have been able to do with out Dream Careers. This program also allowed me to get the experience I needed. I recommend this program to any college student to not only receive more experience but to network, meet new friends and enjoy a different city.

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Amy Elizabeth on September 15th, 2011:

Dream Careers is 100% not a scam. I definitely thought that at first as well; however, I participated in the London program and it was hands down one of the best decisions I've ever made. The staff is extremely helpful and knowledgeable of how to be a more competitive candidate during the internship placement process. Participating in this program allowed me to step out of my comfort zone, enter a completely new place and culture and discover my strengths, while having the opportunity to meet some amazing people. It really strengthened my resume, and during interviews it's definitely the main topic of conversation.

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Jordan Rogers on September 20th, 2011:

I can assure you that Dream Careers is 150% NOT a scam.  I was a little hesitant about it at first because I didn't know anyone that had gone through the program but I participated in the London 2011 Summer Program and it was the best decision I have ever made! The Dream Careers staff were so incredibly helpful and made it a comfortable and the most incredible experience of my life.  Dream Careers gives you the opportunity to experience a new culture, discover new things and gain experience in your future career.  I would highly recommend this program to student that is interested in experiencing the world!

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