We are happy to present to you Nick as our feature expose of the week at INTERNeX. Nick is an Australian from Brisbane and is looking forward to the summer, because this cold weather is just not as enjoyable as the hot sun he’s used to back home. He has been here for 1 month of his 3-month internship, but loves it here so much that he is hoping to stay in Vancouver afterwards. He came to Canada to get a change of scenery and experience new places and he admits it helps that it was an English speaking country. He chose Vancouver because has heard great things about how beautiful it is and all of the things to do outdoors.
What kind of internship are you doing and do you find it useful?
I am an IT intern as a software engineer and work with programming. Since I just graduated from university, I was looking to get some practical experience and I am definitely getting that here, so this internship is very useful. I have a learned a lot of new things and the work I am doing is really enjoyable.
What kind of tasks are you responsible for on a daily basis?
I am not really assigned daily tasks, but I am given a project to work on. They have me filling in bits and pieces that they normally wouldn’t have time to accomplish. Depending on how long the project takes me I work on that until it is finished and then am assigned a new task.
What do you like most about Canada and Vancouver?
My favorite things about Vancouver are the Canucks, hockey, the mountains and all of the outdoor activities. Of course it also doesn’t hurt that it is an English speaking country and that Canada is closely related to Australia, both being part of the British Commonwealth. It felt nice coming here and seeing the Queen on the coins, and made it feel a little like home.
What trips did you do in your free time, also organized by INTERNeX?
I’m living at the Staffhouse so there is always someone to hang out with after work, which is great. I have also gone to 2 hockey games and can’t wait for the weather to get warmer so I can go hiking and explore more of what Vancouver has to offer. I went on INTERNeX’s trip to Seattle last month as well as the trip to the Rockies.
Do you attend the weekly Pub-Night organized by INTERNeX and do you think this is a good way to meet new people?
I have been to 2 PuB NiGHTs organized by INTERNeX and they were a lot of fun. Since I live at the Staffhouse I have already met a most of the other people at INTERNeX, but for those who don’t live at the Staffhouse with everyone, I think it’s a great way to meet new people and hang out with friends.
Why did you choose INTERNeX International Exchange?
I was looking to get away after I had graduated so I ended up learning about INTERNeX through searching Internship programs on Google. After reading up on the programs and what they have to offer, I decided it was a good fit for me.
What’s the best thing about INTERNeX International Exchange?
For me, the best thing about INTERNeX has been their Staffhouse and how they helped organize my accommodation prior to coming to Vancouver. It’s nice how I am living with people in the same situation as me and we have our own little ‘community’, which is really fun to be a part of.
How did you find a place to stay?
INTERNeX helped me find a place to stay. The idea of a Homestay didn’t really appeal to me and I knew I didn’t want to live on my own so INTERNeX suggested the Staffhouse and I chose this option. They helped me organize my housing before I had arrived and it provided an ease of mind knowing I had somewhere to stay from the get-go. It was also very helpful when going through immigration; with my accommodation already organized upon arriving in Canada I didn’t receive any hassle.
Would you recommend INTERNeX International Exchange?
Yes, I would definitely recommend INTERNeX to others. It made it really easy to meet new people and get set up in a new country through the orientation and all the helpful advice from fellow INTERNeX’ers.
Thank you so much for sharing your experiences with us Nick! We know you’ll enjoy the rest of your time here and if you need a fellow hiking partner I’m sure we could get some of us to tackle the Grouse Grind with you.
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