How did you find INTERNeX International Exchange?
I did some research on travel agencies online and decided to get in touch with Praktikawelten.de which is the partner agency of INTERNeX.
Why did you choose INTERNeX International Exchange?
After I talked to Tim via Skype there was no doubt that I would like to work with INTERNeX. I felt very comfortable during the interview, got an interesting insight in what he can offer and was impressed by the extraordinary support he provided from the very beginning.
Why did you choose to go to Canada?
I wanted to gain work experience abroad and I never considered going anywhere else than Canada. I think I just let my guts decide…
How did you find a place to stay?
Tim helped me out to find a place within a Canadian family. I stayed with them for three weeks before I moved to my own place.
What kind of internship are you doing and do you find it useful?
I am currently completing an internship as legal assistant in a private practice providing administrative support to the senior lawyer of the firm. The company represents clients in the business, entertainment and corporate law. Since I have already had some experience in corporate law I could adapt to the work very quickly and was amazed about my own development within the internship.
Is your internship useful for your career goals?
Absolutely. German employers love references and are always highly impressed to see international work experience on a resume. I am pretty confident to find a great position back in Germany.
How do you like your internship?
It is just awesome. I really enjoy the work, I learn a lot, I have great colleagues and I think I could not have asked for more…
What kind of tasks were you responsible for on a daily basis?
I am responsible for maintaining the corporate records. That involves keeping up with clients about their company’s corporate standing, preparing shareholders` and directors` resolutions and filing annual reports and other notifications with the BC Registrar. Further on, I am responsible for the monthly billing process and related banking thereto as well as some legal research.
What do you like most about Vancouver?
I have never lived close to the ocean what makes Vancouver so valuable for me. One of my highlights here in Vancouver was on July 14, 2013 when a pod of transient orcas came under Lionsgate Bridge and into Burrard Inlet to Vancouver. That let me realize how close we live to the ocean and the fascinating nature out there. If you have not seen it yet check out the following link: http://vimeo.com/68627867
Where have you been in and around Vancouver?
I spend the entire first week of my stay at the Waterfront, exploring Canada Place, enjoying a Harbor Cruise Tour and watching sea planes come and go. I went several times to Stanley Park to explore the Totem Poles, the Aquarium, the Lost Lagoon, English Bay, and a lot more attractions. I am a big fan of sports and went to a Giants game, a Lions game and of course a Canucks game! Not to forget the Fright Nights at Playland at the PNE!
Do you attend the weekly PuB NiGHT and do you think this is a good way to meet new people?
I normally do not attend the weekly PuB NiGHT since it is usually on Wednesdays and I personally do not enjoy ‘clubbing’ or ‘pubbing’ during the week. But every once in a while I do show up and it`s always great fun meeting new people from different countries. I really should motivate myself to show up more often. …
What was the most memorable thing you did in Canada (so far)?
I really enjoyed the Rocky Mountains. The landscape there is breath taking and I can only recommend joining the next trip to the Rockies. While writing about it great pictures of turquoise lakes and huge mountains with snow covered peaks come to my mind. You guys should really not miss the next Rockies Trip!
Let’s sum it up: What was the best thing about your internship in Canada (so far)?
I just generally enjoy being in Vancouver. I like the freedom my boss gives me in completing my tasks independently and that he takes his time to explain things to me in detail.
I am thankful for the friends I made and the live experience I gained for my personal development. I do not regret a thing and can only recommend taking every chance to go abroad.
And what was the worst thing?
Since I have a few months left on my visa I am looking for a full time position in another law firm to fill those. Every now and then I gather an interview which makes me unbelievably happy only to hit rock bottom a couple of days later when I receive another rejection. This entire application process feels like riding a rollercoaster. Since I am not used to this kind of mood swings I would consider this part as the worst here in Canada.
What is the first thing you will do back home in ….?
Eat German food. I am a lucky girl: My brother is a chef and he already promised to cook whatever I want when I am back home…! 🙂
Would you recommend INTERNeX International Exchange?
YES, I would! I really appreciate their great service! They helped me to find a great internship and regularly touch base on my development. I feel really comfortable with INTERNeX.