This week in the expose of the week Cathrine is talking about her experiences with INTERNeX. Cathrine is from St. Ingbert in Germany she stayed for 4 beautiful months in Vancouver. She went to Canada because she loves the cold weather and the snow. Especially after her uncle told her so much about his trip from Toronto to Vancouver, she didn’t even have a choice, because all his stories made her fall in love with Canada. Cathrine is now sure that his stories were right and Vancouver gave her a home with open arms.
Cathrine, what kind of internship are you doing?
I did an internship at a non-profit sports organization, which deals with almost everything around cycling. Let me explain:
At first there is the part, where some of my coworkers are going to schools and bring the sport closer to the kids. They show the kids the different kinds of cycle sport and push them to go more outside and enjoy their life more healthy.
The second part is the licensing, which was also one part of my work. Licensing in this case means, that people who want to race professional need a license with an insurance, which they can show if they are going to a race. It’s a kind of ID for professional racer and for free time athletes.
The third part is divided into subgroups, which means BMX, Cyclo-Cross, Mountain Bike, Race and Track and for sure Para-Cycling. All of them get supported by the company and we coordinate all the races for them.
Another part, was our presence on Facebook, Twitter and for sure our website. I worked on a new design for our website and also upgraded your social networks.
And with a big thank you to my boss I can really say, that I saw almost every part of the organization. Like the scheduling for the BMX world cup, which includes also a website, advertising, sponsoring etc.
Was your internship useful?
Yes, my internship is really useful, because it shows me a lot about the sport, how these companies are structured and how they work and deal with clients, which I can use in Germany. Beside of that my boss showed me a whole new passion and an opportunity to find a job or a place to study in Germany.
What kind of tasks are you responsible for on daily basis?
Add licenses, print and send licenses out, advertising, sponsoring, website post and web design, Facebook and Twitter posts, creating web design for our website, start the whole design for the BMX world cup.
What was the best thing about your internship?
The best thing about my internship was the environment and the huge support of my boss, because he showed me a lost passion and with that a way in a good future. Furthermore he was still listening to me, which means, if there was anything, which I thought could be done in a better way he was listening and if it was possible the situation changed. And the work makes so much fun, I can really say I was so happy to be there and had all this great time.
What do you like most about Canada and Vancouver?
Actually, I really like everything, the culture, the people, my friends, the structure…
But what I love the most is, that it was coming home! As I arrived on the airport, I could directly see beautiful mountains and the weather was cold, which is really a thing what I love. And the people there, I meet so many true friends that it was hard for me to leave and for sure I will come back.
But the most important point beside of the new friends is that Canadians and specially people from BC are so spoiled by nature.
What trips did you do in your free time, also organized by INTERNeX?
If I didn’t do a trip by my own I went there with different organizations. I went to: Whistler, Banff, Cypress, Seymour, Grouse,different parts of Vancouver (Chinatown, different parks etc), Victoria, Fort Langley, Lake Louise, Sicamous, Calgary, Abbotsford, Canucks games, Botanical Garden, Stanley Park, Queen Elisabeth Park, Ice-skating etc. I had so much fun and enjoyed myself immensely in and around Vancouver.
Do you attend the weekly Pub-Night organized by INTERNeX and do you think this is a good way to meet new people?
I am still sorry that I never found time for it, but for me it was so easy to find new and good friends but I am still sure that it is a good and easy way to find friends and that a lot of people will enjoy it.
Why did you choose INTERNeX International Exchange?
I booked my INTERNeX internship program with a German agency, and all I can say is that all my experiences are really good.
What’s the best thing about INTERNeX International Exchange?
That you can be free and collect the experience by yourself, but that they still help you, if you need them. Like a big brother.
How did you find a place to stay?
I found a homestay family trough INTERNeX, however I did not see eye to eye with my first host family. That is why I was really glad that INTERNeX helped me with finding a new host family.
Would you recommend INTERNeX International Exchange?
Yes, I would
Thank you Cathrine for giving a testimonial of your experiences here in Canada.
I wish you the best of luck in the future.