On Wednesday, our two Dutch candidates Klaas-Jan and Dennis had their last internship day at Richmond Yachts, where they have been working on their graduation project for the past 4,5 months. Both of them are studying Engineering in The Netherlands and had to do their graduation project together which is quite uncommon and therefore a challenge for INTERNeX. But in the end, everything turned out to be great!
Richmond Yachts is one of the world’s top custom fiberglass shipbuilders and the fact that Dennis and Klaas-Jan worked on a $30.000.000 yacht was reason enough for me to head to Richmond and ask them some questions about their experiences at the company and in Vancouver.
How did you find INTERNeX International Exchange?
Klaas-Jan: In the first instance, we tried to find an internship ourselves but the response was disappointing, also due to the fact that the requirements from our university where pretty tough. Therefore we decided to engage somebody professional to find us the perfect company where we could work on our graduation project. We searched on the Internet and came across INTERNeX which has a lot of contacts in the engineering industry.
Why did you choose to go to Canada?
Dennis: I actually thought about going to the USA, but it is too difficult to get into the country and find an internship there, so I went for Canada since it is said to be a beautiful country.
Klaas-Jan: My sister went to Vancouver before and she strongly recommended the city. As you know it is the most livable city in the world! Besides, Australia, which I also considered, doesn’t have a strong engineering market. So I came here, also because I wanted to see bears…!
How did you like your internship?
Both: It was a great experience! We learned a lot about ship building and were able to apply our theoretical knowledge to the practical field. But not only that, we could also improve our English and meet a lot of interesting people!
What kind of tasks were you responsible for on a daily basis?
Dennis: We did not have varying daily tasks because we were only working on our graduation project, a multipurpose door for a yacht that Richmond Yachts is building at the moment. So, every day we were designing, building, adapting and test-running our prototype.
What do you like most about Vancouver?
Klaas-Jan: We were both pretty impressed by the strength of the YVR community after the riots that happened just after the Vancouver Canucks lost the Stanley Cup Final. The city was a mess after rioters set cars on fire, smashed shop windows and destroyed other people’s property. To see all the Vancouverites clean up the city the day after was a very overwhelming feeling since you might not expect that to happen in Europe where there are also riots from time to time. But the inhabitants stood up for their city and did everything they could to whitewash their reputation. Their positive energy and love for the city is what I like very much!
Dennis: In addition to that, Vancouver just hits you with this WOW!-Effect wherever you go. You have the mountains in the North, parks and beaches in the West, Chinatown in the east and a great downtown district. Vancouver gives you everything you need, and especially in summer the city shows itself at its best so we are actually a little sad to be heading home now, that summer just started.
Where have you been in and around Vancouver?
Klaas-Jan: We went to Whistler and the Rocky Mountains, both together with INTERNeX. We could also tick Vancouver Island, Stanley Park, Grouse Mountain and other sites on our list.
What was the most memorable thing you did in Canada?
Dennis: After a party I stayed at a friend’s place. The following morning I got on the Skyrain to get back home and I fell asleep…When I woke up I found myself back at the same station where I boarded the Skytrain. So I went one whole round without waking up! Haha!
Klaas-Jan: To me, the best experience was the Rocky Mountains trip with INTERNeX. It was a lot of fun and I met so many nice new people which is something I really appreciate. INTERNeX brings people from all nationalities together! It increased my cultural awareness, I felt comfortable right away and I made a lot of friends!
Let’s sum it up: What was the best thing about your internship in Canada?
Both: That we could apply our theoretical knowledge to a tangible project which will be of value and used by Richmond Yachts.
And what was the worst thing?
Dennis: The tight budget I had to live on. Vancouver is a quite expensive city…
What is the first thing you will do back home in The Netherlands?
Dennis: Drive a car, meet up with my friends and drink some cheep beer!
Klaas-Jan: I am looking forward to see my family, my friends and my girlfriend again.
Would you recommend INTERNeX International Exchange?
We wish both of you good luck in the future and hope to see you back in Vancouver one day!
If you would like to share your INTERNeX experience with us, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200-211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
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