Last week we interviewed Oscar about his internship at SSU. He is studying management, economics and law in the Netherlands and is now writing his thesis while working at SSU.
Support Services Unlimited (SSU) is a dynamic group of individuals who provide operational support to non-profit, volunteer based, membership organizations. They offer services in a variety of areas including finance, communications, marketing, administration, event planning and technology. We asked Oscar some questions about how he is experiencing working at the company and living in Vancouver.
Why did you choose to go to Canada?
One of the main reasons I came here is because of the beautiful nature. Besides, I am trying to improve my English and I love to travel!
How do you experience INTERNeX?
Good, they arranged a great internship and I met a lot of other international students. It feels amazing to be here.
What kind of tasks are you responsible for on a daily basis?
I am mostly busy with writing my thesis, which is a business report for SSU. It shows how they can improve their business and be more efficient.
Where have you been in and around Vancouver?
I have only been here for 2 months now, but already did a lot of things. I love hiking and now the weather is better it’s amazing! I went on a hiking trip to Bowen Island last week and met some other international guys there. Bowen Island is amazing and surrounded by beautiful Mountains.
I live in a house with 8 other students. It’s great to hang out with students from all over the world. We go out the get sushi very often, which is delicious here!
I will be in Vancouver until the end of October and then I will go travelling. In de mean while I am planning to go to The Rockies and Tofino.
What is the most memorable thing you have experienced?
That was actually my first day at SSU. I came in to the office to introduce myself to everyone and especially to Jay, the owner of the company who helped me get this internship. I came in to the office at around 4 PM, after half an hour Jay asked me if I wanted to go for a beer and see the hockey game. I didn’t know anything about ice hockey, but he took me to the bar and explained me everything. Everyone was extremely nice, I had so much fun and felt home right away! It was a great experience!
Let’s sum it up: What is the best thing about your internship in Canada?
There are a lot of great things! The experience of working in the SSU office, working on my own project, having responsibility and taking care of the problems I am facing on my own. Besides I got to know a lot of people and I am improving my English.
And what is the worst thing?
When I go back home after work I have to cross a street called East Hastings. On this street are a lot of homeless people who always ask for money and food and can be very rude and intimidating some times. This is a bit disturbing.
Would you recommend INTERNeX International Exchange?
YES! INTERNeX helped me a lot to get this great internship. This wasn’t easy because I have to spend most of my time on writing my research report, therefore I am not able to produce a lot of work for the company itself.
We wish you the best of luck with the rest of your internship and hope the rest of your stay in Vancouver will be amazing and unforgettable!
If you would like to share your INTERNeX experience with us, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!