We would like to introduce you Nicolas.
He is from Germany, 25 years old and is here already since November 2011.
Back home he is studying Engineering and decided to do an international Internship here in Vancouver, Canada.
He is an intern at a engineering Company until the mid of July.
I made a visit at his company and after he showed me his workplace and explained me parts of his job we sat down and talked about INTERNeX, Vancouver and his experiences here in Canada so far.
He told me among many other things that he really enjoys his stay here and is fascinated how friendly and helpful people here in Vancouver are. He loves the international kitchen and tried for example Sushi here for the first time in his life and loves it.
Why did you chose Canada to do your Internship there?
First of all I was interested in the North American culture and lifestyle. I have never been to a North American country before. Of course also a perfect place for my Internship was important. I will need it to do my diploma project so I came here to improve my English.
Many technical terms in the engineering industry are in English so it’s important to know them.
I’m also a person who likes the nature and Canada, especially Vancouver has the perfect mix.
You have a lot of things to do, can go out at the weekend, meet many people, visit nice places but also go for a walk at the beautiful Stanley Park or at the English Bay.
Furthermore I am a big ski fan so the distance to the ski areas was also a criterion. I rented Ski for the whole season and have already been in all the ski-area around here: Rocky Mountains, Whistler, Grouse Mountain as well as Cypress Mountain.
Is your internship useful?
It’s definitely very useful. I can turn my theoretical knowledge from the university into praxis.
I am totally integrated in the Team here and work directly for the company.
I have important tasks to do, produce or plan things, which go directly to our clients all around the world. I don’t do anything senseless nobody needs so they really care about me and I am in charge of different projects.
They give me the chance to have a look in all kind of subject areas. Engineering is a big field so it’s great to see and work on all kind of things.
What kind of tasks are you responsible for on daily basis?
It’s really various which makes it so interesting.
I construct apparatus, analyze and test different things, build 3D models and produce different things for the company. I also already worked in the quality control- as well as for the product development department.
What’s the best thing about your internship?
The best thing is that I can do new things every day, which are all interesting. I’m an important part of the team and totally integrated.
I work together with others on new and significant projects and help my company.
I gain a deep insight into the structure of a typical Canadian company and my co-workers are really friendly.
If I have any questions I can always talk to them and they take their time to help me.
Of course also to experience the praxis, which I don’t know from University, that’s really helpful.
What trips did you attend in your free time, also organized by INTERneX?
I went to an amazing Rockies Trip. That was one of the best trips I have ever done and I only can suggest everybody to attend the next one in April!
I arrived Thursday Night and went straight to the Rockies on Friday morning. The program was awesome, and for me was it the perfect chance to meet people right away.
I was part of the “INTERNeX Family” from the very beginning. We had a great time with terrific parties and fun people!
Do you attend the weekly PuB NiGHT organized by INTERNeX?
I attend it almost every week, so very frequently. I met many people there and it’s always fun. Especially for the people who arrived new is it a perfect opportunity to meet new people and find friends fast.
But also for everybody who has been already here for a few weeks or months is it great to talk to all the others, make plans for the weekend and just to relax with one or two drinks.
What’s the best thing about INTERNeX International Exchange?
A very important thing is that they are located directly here in Vancouver. You can go there whenever you want and if you have any questions or problems they usually can help you. Also the Staffhouse was an important factor to chose INTERNeX.
It´s the perfect location to meet new people, improve your English and have Parties.
Another advantage is the PR-Team. These guys organize a big Trip every month, Events and Activities every weekend as well as a weekly PuB NiGHT.
INTERNeX helped me with my Visa, to find my internship as well as a place to stay.
They gave me a Welcome orientation which was very usefull as well as the fact that they send me a list of things I have to remember and be awared of.
Would you recommend INTERneX International Exchange?
Definitely. It’s an easy way to safe time especially if you have no idea about the country as well as the city. They organize a interview at a company which fits with your ideas. You always have somebody you can go to if you have any problems or questions and it’s so much easier to find new friends and they have organized Events.
Thank you very much Nicolas, we hope you will enjoy the following months and wish you all the best for your future.
INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200-211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
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