Expose of the Week

Gustav, Sweden

How did you find INTERNeX International Exchange?
I booked my trip via a Swedish travel agency called GoXplore and they cooperate with INTERNeX International Exchange. That’s how I found out.

Why did you choose INTERNeX International Exchange?

Firstly, I chose INTERNeX because I really liked the fact that you don’t only help people to come to Canada but you do also create a social network; the pub nights, the monthly trips and all other activities is what attracted me. Secondly, I chose INTERNeX to get help to get a job.

Why did you choose to go to Canada?
The main reason for me coming here is that I wanted to see the Canadian landscape and wildlife; the Rockies, the big plains, bears, whales, nice scenery etc. I’ve always wanted to go to North America and I think that Canada was the best option. Better than the States!

How did you find a place to stay?
INTERNeX helped me to get accommodation in a home stay family, where I stayed for about one month. After that I found a shared apartment on my own located in downtown, in which I lived for one month and a half. I have now moved to yet a new apartment, located on the 23rd floor in downtown. It was fairly easy to find accommodation on my own.

How do you like your job?
I like it a lot! I get to meet a lot of new people and a lot of colleagues.

What kind of tasks am I responsible for on a daily basis?
I work at a coffee shop so I make drinks, serve foods, take orders, handle the till, clean the store, take care of customers, etc.

What do you like most about Vancouver?
I love the fact that the people here are so pleasant and open-minded! In that regard it’s so different compared to Europe. I also like the fact that Vancouver is a big city but you can still walk to all the major attractions.

Where have you been in and around Vancouver?
I have been to all the neighborhoods of Van City, Deep Cove, Victoria, Whistler, Horseshoe Bay and there is more to come.

Do you attend the weekly PuB NiGHTS and do you think this is a good way to meet people?

I try to attend as often as I can, but it’s hard to match these occasions with my work schedule. But I have been to some, and I will try to attend even more soon.

What was the most memorable thing you did in Canada (so far)?
The most memorable thing was absolutely when I saw a bear in Whistler, at the peak of the Blackcomb Mountain. Awesome!

Let’s sum it up: What was the best thing about your job in Canada?
The best thing is definitely to meet all the customers. It is so nice to establish a good relation to the regular customers and have a chat with them when they enter our store. You meet new customers every day, which makes the days more varied.

And what’s the worst thing?
Cleaning the washroom after customers having vomited etc.

What is the first thing you will do back home in Sweden?

Meet my girlfriend!

Would you recommend INTERNeX International Exchange?
Of course! It’s a great agency that has made this adventure possible for me. Without INTERNeX my trip wouldn’t have been as good as it is.

Cheers Gustav

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

Expose of the Week

Julia, Germany

How did you find INTERNeX International Exchange?

Through a German partner organization.

Why did you choose INTERNeX International Exchange?

Because that German organization cooperates with Internex.

Why did you choose to go to Canada?

First of all, I wanted to improve my English. So I was looking for an English speaking country. I was torn between Australia, Scotland and Canada. I decided against Scotland and Australia, because Scotland is too close and half of the German population seems to have emigrated to Australia.

I haven’t regretted my choice so far.

How did you find a place to stay?

Through Internex!

What kind of internship are you doing and do you find it useful?

I am doing an events, marketing and finance internship at SSU. I get to meet many interesting people and I have learnt a lot about SSU, what my coworkers do and how all the different departments work together. I think it really helps me to figure out what I want to do later.

Is your internship a part of your university program and is it useful for your career goals?

Yes, it is part of my university program and I believe it will be very helpful for me! My English has improved a lot, I feel very comfortable speaking English …

How do you like your internship?

I love going to the events! It is great to leave the desk for a change and to meet so many friendly people. My coworkers are super nice.

What kind of tasks were you responsible for on a daily basis?

As I am working in finance, marketing and events, I am responsible for a lot of different tasks. I send invoices to clients, processpayments, go to events and write articles about these events, I answer questions about events and sponsorship etc.

What do you like most about Vancouver?

What’s not to like? In the last months, Vancouver has become my favourite city! I love it that there is so much fun stuff you can do here. And the scenery is awesome!

Where have you been in and around Vancouver?

I went to Seattle, Whistler, Victoria, Kamloops, Kelowna, Chilliwack etc.

Do you attend the weekly PuBNiGHT and do you think this is a good way to meet new people?

Yes, I think it’s great! Really helps to great through stressful weeks and a fantastic way to get to know people.

What was the most memorable thing you did in Canada (so far)?

Wow, I spent five minutes thinking about this and so many things popped up in my mind, it is simply impossible to decide. I really loved the White River Rafting, my Seattle trip was also fantastic (does that even count?) and I really love spending time outdoors, the forests and wildlife are so impressive.

Let’s sum it up: What was the best thing about your internship in Canada (so far)?

The Events!

And what was the worst thing?

Pretty sure I should not mention this 😉

What is the first thing you will do back home in Germany?

I will have a homemade cappuccino. The only place with great cappuccino here is the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel and I find it a bit pricy to go there all the time.

Would you recommend INTERNeX International Exchange?

Of course! Mainly because of the fantastic interns! 🙂

Cheers Julia

 

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

 

Testimonial of the week

Rhys, Australia

If you had of told me a year ago that I would be coming to Vancouver and doing an Internship I would’ve called you crazy! I’d always planned on doing some traveling after completed my studies in March, but North America definitely wasn’t on my radar.  A holiday before beginning my working career seemed like the perfect way to end a long six year stint at University. After a bit of planning, in the back of my mind I had the idea that I could also try and get some work experience whilst overseas, something flashy for the resume and hopefully a way to kickstart my career. After brainstorming some possible locations, I read a lot about Vancouver as it is ranked as one of the most livable cities in the world, and as a Graduate Architect I was excited by the cities significant urban renewal projects and their ambitious goal of becoming the greenest city in the world by 2020.

After making the decision to travel to Canada, I came across INTERNeX’s website by chance and got in contact with them. The process was really easy and straight forward, and thanks to their large network of contacts I was promptly offered the opportunity to complete an internship in a downtown architecture office, a partnership between three small firms with a variety of experiences between its members. Two weeks in and I am definitely not disappointed, I have already learnt so much and know that there is still plenty to come.

The timing was perfect as the office is currently in the schematic design phase (the beginning, the most exciting part) of a community, administration and health centre for a first nations band in northern British Columbia. I am incredibly grateful to be involved in such an interesting indigenous project that is so different than anything I have already experienced at home. Tasks I have completed so far include making study models, exploring different possibilities for the potential building forms, and assisting the Architects with other small tasks. I have also had the opportunity to sit in on many fascinating meetings with different project consultants such as engineers and landscape architects. Some days my head feels like it will explode from trying to absorb so much information!

Vancouver is such a beautiful city and I am so happy with my decision to come here. There is so much to do and being here for an extended period whilst completing my internship will allow me plenty of opportunities to see all this amazing city has to offer. So far I have managed to explore the stunning Stanley Park and many of the unique downtown neighborhoods, Gastown where I’m working is super trendy and definitely a favorite. I’ve met some fantastic people from all over the world and taken part in some great activities, many of which I never would have expected, such as a hilarious Canadian tuxedo party (because we all secretly love denim on denim). Leaving Vancouver will definitely be hard, and it’s looking increasingly likely that it won’t happen till well after originally planned. If you’re considering coming here for an internship – do it! You definitely won’t regret it.

 

Cheers Rhys!

 

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Canada: Exposé of the week ft Maike

This week, we are interviewing Maike Lied who came from Germany to do an internship in Canada. She has been in Vancouver for 5 months since last year October 2012 and will be leaving in just a few short days at the end of February! So here is what she had to say about her experience in Canada:

Why did you choose Canada?

I didn’t want to go somewhere that was really overrated, like New York City for example. But I still wanted to go to a place that was city-like so I wouldn’t feel completely isolated. Another reason I chose Canada was because I heard from a friend of mine that it was such a beautiful place with nice people…so you could say I was pretty much convinced!

What do you like most about Vancouver?

I like the fact that you can pretty much do EVERYTHING here. Whether it’s hiking, skiing, going to the beach, or just wanting to enjoy a city life, Vancouver has it all! I thought that the people here are also so relaxed, friendly, and patient!

How did you like your internship and what kind of tasks were you responsible for on a daily basis?

The internship was great, I  loved it! I loved the people that I got to work with at my internship. When I first started working, I did a bit of everything like working with Photoshop  Adobe, and other designing tasks. Near the end of the internship, I got to work on WordPress and building websites! I really enjoyed that I got to work on a lot of different things and not just one task, and I learned a lot!

Is it related to your study you did back home? 

In a way yes, because although I have a BA in business administration, I also majored in marketing and my internship was similar to that. When David would talk to clients, I got to learn about how to get business’s started and how to get their websites up and running.

Where have you been in and around Vancouver?

Well I honestly have been to so many places around Vancouver but I have been to Coquitlam to North Vancouver to Whistler!

What is the most memorable thing you did in Canada?

This is tough because I have so many amazing memories here. One memorable thing I did in Canada was spending the Christmas holidays with my Vancouver friends, baking and eating lot’s of delicious food! Another lasting memory of Canada is from my internship because I’ve met so many great people there and I’ll miss them a lot.

What is the first thing you’ll do when you return home?

SLEEP. I’ll be so jet-lagged which is why I’d love to just spend my days sleeping! Also, I would definitely spend a lot of time with family, my boyfriend, and everyone I have missed back home.

What is the worst thing bout your internship/stay in Canada?

The worst thing for me was having to share my living space with other people. Sometimes, I come home from a long day at work and I’d just want to be alone…but I couldn’t!

Would you recommend INTERNeX international exchange? 

Yes, definitely! In the beginning when I first arrived, INTERNeX really helped me out and put so much effort into helping me find an internship job and a place to stay. Also, there  are so many fun and awesome things I got to do through INTERNeX, such as their weekly pub nights where I got to meet a lot of people, and weekend activities!

Thank you so much Maike for sharing your experiences in Canada with us and for all the great memories during your stay here!

Cheers,

Flora

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Canada: HIGHLIGHTS of the week

Hello there!

This week we have a busy but fun week; Check it out the most important information:

–          Whytecliff park review: We spent a sunny Sunday in the beautiful park with the beach, the islet!

–          New PR intern: Yeap! After all the goodbyes we say a hello to the beautiful Marianne! Do you want to know a little more about her? Read more here!

–          Wakeboarding: INTERNeX goes wakeboarding! Are you going to miss it? Summer will finish soon…so now or never!

–          Expose of the week: Read our expose of the week with Julia who is doing an internship in Vancouver Fashion Week! Check it out!

Have a nice day!

Cheers,

Irene

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Canada: Expose of the week with Esther

This week’s exposé is a special one with Ester! Our star this week did an internship at an exclusive tour company here in Vancouver. For about 7 month she been organizing trips and doing marketing. She had the chance there to visit a lot of places. Do you wanna know which places watch the video.

 

 


Cheers,

PR Team

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 — 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Canada: Expose of the week

This week we had the pleasure of interviewing Cristiane, a lovely German girl who is doing her internship in Vancouver. She comes from Dusseldorf and she has been in Canada for 2 months and she will stay for another two more. Her workplace is located in the representative Woodwars Building!

Why did you choose Canada?

I choose to come to Canada, because a bunch of friends of mine had been before and all of them were absolutely in love with this country, so I thought “If it is so nice, I have to see for myself”.

What kind of internship are you doing?

I am an intern in a non-profit organization, a community economic development charity which helps people to develop productive futures and build sustainable communities.

Is your internship useful?

Absolutely, I had to do a three-month internship in order to be able to continue with my studies and doing it here gives me the opportunity of gaining international experience and continue practicing English at the same time that I develop task related with my degree.

What kind of task are you responsible for on a daily basis?

I usually work in the social media marketing and the advertising, office work like receiving people, answering the phone… And what I like the most is helping with the charity golf tournament which is a fundraising event. This money will be used to help people giving them the opportunity of reinsertion into society after drug abuse or another problem.

What do you like most about Canada and Vancouver?

I love the open-minded and friendly people and this city has plenty of them. Vancouver also has a lot of different things to offer, is a big city, with mountains, sea…

What trips did you do in your free time, also organized by INTERNeX?

I visited Whistler and Victoria and did other several short trips like Grouse Mountain, False Creek, Capilano… and of course I will visit 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 attend whenever I can and I find it a really good way to meet new people and to avoid homesickness. It is great to be with people that are in the same situation as you are.

What´s the best thing about INTERNeX International Exchange?

Thanks to INTERNeX I found my internship. Actually the PR Team is the best thing! They are an excellent connection between the candidates and the organization, you always have someone to talk to.

Would you recommend INTERNeX?

Yes, it is a relief to have someone to support you, in whom you can trust if there is a problem. The social events help to meet people so you are not alone in the new country.

Thank you Cristiane for the interview!

Cheers,

Irene

International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com