INTERNeX Canada: Expose of the Week

Our expose of the week today features Marten from The Netherlands. He worked in the finance industry and finished his 5-months internship two weeks ago. After the awesome INTERNeX trips to Seattle and the Rockies, and his car tour on Vancouver Island he is getting ready to see much more of Canada by taking a train from Vancouver to Toronto. Read our interview to learn more about his time in Vancouver.

Why did you choose to go to Canada?

I had two options to choose from for my time abroad, either Canada or Australia. I heard a lot of good things about Canada from people back home, so I decided to go to Canada. Although Toronto is the financial centre of the country, I was offered an internship in finance in Vancouver. It was the perfect place for me because it is exactly my area of study.

What kind of internship were you doing?

I worked in finance industry in the area of private wealth management. The company deals with private capital of people, for instance, invests it and manages different accounts. They also take care of the will of their clients.

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

I helped with opening accounts for our clients, prepared paperwork and assisted with other administrative tasks. I also had to contact financial companies and institutions that we work with or invest in, gather information depending on the issue and the clients. At the end of my internship my task was to teach the next intern and hand over the responsibilities I had.

Is your internship useful for your education and career goals?

Yes, the internship was required for my school and job training at home. It counts for my program and I had to write an evaluation, a report on my improvements. It will definitely be helpful because I got to know so many different and new things. For example, Canada’s financial system is very different to the European; I had to learn a lot of new English words from the finance area, which will be very useful for my career.

What do you like most about Canada and Vancouver?

I like the people in Vancouver; they are very open-minded and talkative. I also love the open spaces in the city, there is a lot of green and parks, and it’s not crowded. It is interesting to experience a rather new city, compared to Europe. There is not a lot of history and I like to see this difference to home.

What is the most memorable thing you did in Canada?

The most memorable thing for me was the whole experience of being abroad, this huge step of going to a foreign country, dealing with new challenges and experiences, and at the end managing to succeed.

Did you attend the weekly Pub-Night organized by INTERNeX and do you think this is a good way to meet new people?

I attended a lot of pub nights at first, but the job took a lot of time in my schedule. In the beginning it was definitely a good way to meet people. I think INTERNeX does a good job by arranging social activities like pub nights, it helps people to connect.

Why did you choose INTERNeX International Exchange?

INTERNeX was recommended to me by two people at the same bank I worked for at home. I did research and it seemed to be a good advice. I liked that there are additional social activities alongside with the internship assistance. INTERNeX takes the service one step further.

How did INTERNeX International Exchange help you to organize your trip to Canada?

INTERNeX got me started in Vancouver, gave me an overview of what I have to do. They helped with the visa and set up the contact to the company where I got my internship. They also arranged my first accommodation in Vancouver, which was very helpful.

Would you recommend INTERNeX International Exchange?

Yes, I already told my supervisor about my experience with INTERNeX in Canada. I would definitely recommend going with INTERNeX. They help to arrive and settle abroad and they connect people!

Thank you, Marten, for sharing your Vancouver experiences with us. Have a good trip through Canada and keep in touch with INTERNeX!



INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149

INTERNeX Family Interview #2

Less then a few more hours till the start of the weekend woohoo! So last week I mentioned to you all that a new project of mine was to introduce to you the members of the INTERNeX family. Last week you had a brief glimpse into the mind that created this company from scratch-Tim. And today I will introduce you to Martina, just one of the many brains that make up this great company.

What is your first name?

Where are you from?
Berlin, Germany.

What languages do you speak fluently other than English?


What position do you hold at INTERNeX? And for how long have you been working here?
It’s difficult for me to condense what I do into one neat title, so I won’t try haha. I am the Ranchstay program manager, Homestay coordinator and Finance manager. And by this upcoming March it will be four years that I have been working at INTERNeX.

What made you want to become involved with INTERNeX in the first place?
I actually started off as a client of INTERNeX and more specifically a participant of the Internship program. Throughout my participation I realized that I wanted to stay in Vancouver after my completion of the program and I really believed in INTERNeX’s core mission, so the obvious next step was to become involved as an employee instead of a client.

In what ways do you think INTERNeX is unique from other international placement agencies? What does INTERNeX specifically offer that no other company can?
Well the company INTERNeX is backed by an amazing international team that has had firsthand experience of what our clients will be going through. Since they are so passionate about the concept of globalization they see INTERNeX as more than a job but rather a belief which they unwaveringly support. More specifically our team offers clients integrity, something that is too often forgotten.

What changes within INTERNeX have you personally witnessed since you have joined the team?
This company has grown dramatically over the past four years that I have been here and the overall infrastructure has drastically improved. We finally have systems and procedures in place that make for the smooth running of this company.

Where would you like to see INTERNeX in the next 10 years? Do you have any New Year’s goals for the company?
I would like to have our name to denote a world renowned company and thus be the first name that pops up in peoples minds when they think of an educational travel provider. I think international recognition is not just my own goal, but everybody’s for the company this year.

Tell us one interesting thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?
Back in high school, my best friend and I made a list of things we want to do before we die. Years went by and the memory of this list faded. Funnily enough though my friend one day called me and said that she had been rummaging through some of her old things and found these wish lists that we had made many years ago. She had read through them to see if we had accomplished any of our items and one of the points that I had written down was to eventually live in Canada. And look at where I am today…in Canada. Strike one off the list!

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
I’m a little bit of a travel nut so I really couldn’t imagine myself staying in any one place too long but my next wish spot is New Zealand. And interestingly enough we actually have an office over their so this would be perfect for me as I would still be able to keep that connection to INTERNeX.