Candidate Exposé – Marie Olbrich

Marie OlbrichMy name is Marie and I am 19 years old. Back in Germany I finished school last year and I am planning to go to university this year, although I haven’t made a decision about what to study yet. I always wanted to come to Canada but in the end it was very spontaneous to come here.

Internex is great for me. The people I met through Internex are great and I can say that I made friends for life here. Internex is the partner agency of my German organization so that’s how I got in contact with them.

Currently I am doing an internship at a non-profit organization and I am working in the office but also take a few shifts as a volunteer during the shows. Every year they put on two great shows, which I am currently working at as well. I couldn’t wish for a better workplace. My colleagues are great and they became a second family to me. Here you need to be creative, have to work in a team and be able to multitask. You need to work independent as well.

I am living in a homestay and it is part of the program I choose, so Internex found it for me. My first impression here was as I imagined a northern American city. It also reminded me a bit of home as I come from Berlin, which is even a bit bigger than Vancouver.

I try to take part in as many activities as possible Internex organises, and always enjoy toMarie Olbrich (words) talk to the other students. The pub nights are a great opportunity to meet new people and keep in touch with everyone.

The Rockies were definitely one of the best experiences so far. I went to Seattle with a few friends and did a roadtrip through California and Nevada with people I met through Internex. Greater Vancouver has so much to offer as well and you don’t even need to travel too far.

Canada’s landscape and nature is just beautiful. Also the people here are quite friendly (most of the time). Difficulties I find is that the transit system is not the best and life in Vancouver is quite expensive.

Internex helped me to connect to other people here and to share experiences with them. I would recommend Internex to my friends and I already did ☺ I always loved to travel and I try to visit as many countries as possible. When I get home from this experience I will have a huge BBQ with my family.

– Marie

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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A fresh breeze in the PR-Team

Who is that small girl sitting in the INTERNeX office? It is me, Kerstin. I am now joining Bart and Mandy as a member of the PR-Team. Some of you, I already met this weekend on the ice or in the Yale Saloon. For the rest, let me introduce myself.

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I am 22 years old and currently studying International Leisure Management in Breda, an awesome city in the Netherlands. This practicum at INTERNeX is part of my study program. And no, I am not Dutch – I am German, from a city called Aachen in the western part of Germany. I really do like the Dutchies, but I decided that it is time now for a new challenge here in Canada.

I enjoy making plans and organizing ahead, so I keep lists and notes for everything and I am happy whenever a plan is working out properly. Since I love the sea, mountains, but also busy cities, I think that Vancouver is the place to be for me. As a scout, I am prepared for the Canadian big city and wildlife. I can be enthusiastic about the smallest things and I am always in for new actions.

So, the PR-Team becomes international from now on. Until August, I will make sure that you can experience many fun activities with us here in Vancouver! I am already excited to ski, hike, party and play games with you!

I am looking forward to meeting all of you at our PuBNiGHT tomorrow. See you there!

– Kerstin

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

Candidate Exposé – Blanca Alanis

Blanca AlanisI am Blanca, 22 years old, from Monterrey in Mexico and I am studying International Marketing at UDEM. This is my last summer as a student, so I decided to come and do my internship and have an international experience. Internex has an alliance with my school and I was looking for an internship program in Canada, and so my teacher of international experiences gave me this option.

I chose an internship because you have the chance to work in another country where the culture is so different than your home. So besides working in the things you like and what you want to do, maybe the rest of your life, you can also learn here how the work-environment is in a different part of the world. Besides that you will be able to bring your culture here as well, and take good things from the place you worked at to your country.

At my placement you have to be a person who enjoys to work, being proactive will helpBlanca Alanis (words) you to gain their confidence so they will trust you to do tasks that they don’t give to an intern normally. If you have creative skills and know how to work under pressure you will make it in this job. I have to say that being an outgoing person will help you to make friends at work and it makes an easier going environment. And the last thing that has helped me a lot is being efficient. They love it when you do your tasks well and fast and when you keep asking for more tasks.

My first impression when I arrived, I remembered I said “It’s super green here”. Every time you are walking or sit in the bus, wherever you turn your head, there are trees and gardens everywhere. At first, I was scared of being by myself at night but you get used to it and you realize that Vancouver is a safe place.

I attend quite some activities and pub nights, and I really like that they organise these things. It helps you in making friendships and to go out. They are such good persons, if you have a question you can ask them and they will help you, they make you feel part of the group from the beginning. I have been to the pub nights, the different museums, beaches, grouse mountain, garibaldi lake, victoria, Lynn Canyon, etc.

What I like most about Vancouver is that the people are kind, the city is super clean and green, the recycling system, how the economy here is thanks to small business and that the city is made for public transportation and bikes, not only for cars.

I didn’t really had difficulties, at first it was just getting used to use the public transportation and feel comfortable knowing that they are safe and always on time.

The most memorable thing I did so far I have to say that being on the top of the garibaldi lake made me feel great, I was tired of waking up so early and I was just about to not going, because I just wanted to sleep but I knew I had to go. It’s a long hike and takes you the whole day, so if you are patience you will enjoy the great and beautiful view. That’s how life works, patience is a virtue and if you learn to wait and being perseverant, at the end everything will be worth it.

This experience inspired me to travel more. Now I know that I want to work in different places, because I like to understand and live the different cultures. I don’t have a specific place, life takes you where you need to be, and so if the opportunity comes to me I’ll go anywhere.

Internex was helpful for me because they help you in the process of finding an internship in what you really want to do. They have different events that give you the opportunity to meet friends and they help you also during your stay to make you feel comfortable and answer all your questions.

The first thing I will do when I get back home is see my family, friends and my dog!!, they are the one who I miss the most, also my food of course, ill see them while we eat some tacos.

– Blanca

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

Candidate Exposé – Miriam Herzog

Miriam Herzog4My name is Miriam. I’m 20 years old and I am from Germany. I’m not studying yet but I plan to start in October.

I decided to come to Canada, because I wanted to improve my business English, live abroad again and I heard Vancouver is really pretty. Plus Canada was the only English speaking country from my agency that offered an internship in business.

I really liked INTERNeX. I really felt welcome and appreciate all the work and events they did. I decided to make use of their services because my German agency cooperates with INTERNeX. I did 3 months of internship and 3 months school. I chose it to have better chances when I apply for University. I really liked both.

I didn’t start University yet but some Universities in Germany want you to have some internship experience before you even can apply. It was a useful experience for my career. It’s always good to show some experience you gained abroad.

I stayed for my entire stay at a Homestay. I really liked it. My host parents are both really miriam Herzog (words)nice and I had a lot of nice roommates. During the end I got quite tired of toast, rice, fried chicken, fish and any other kind of Asian food haha, but besides that it was great!

My first impression of Vancouver is that it is multicultural, rainy and a friendly city. Still think that way, but I also think there are lots of homeless people. Overall it is really pretty.

I attend most of the activities organized by Internex. I really liked them. They are really good to make friends, see cool places with cool people and to have lots of fun. I really appreciate all the work of the PR- Team.

During my stay I went hiking, sight seeing, to a hockey game, travelling and so on. Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, Surrey, Noth-Vancouver, Squamish, Whistler, Joffre Lake and Seattle are places I have been to.

Miriam Herzog3What I like most about my current city is the nature and the pretty places. Some difficulties / challenges I dealt with are the big population of Asian people and the really spreaded language (Mandarin I guess), all the rain and the many homeless people.

The most memorable experience I had here is the Joffre Lake hike and all the nights out with friends as well.

Internex was helpful for me to meet people, see places I didn’t know about and knowing what is going on in the weekend. The first thing I will do when I get back home is eating some good German bread instead of toast all day.

– Miriam

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

Candidate Exposé – Kristina Roeder

Kristina RoederMy name is Kristina Roeder and I’m 20 years old. I am from Aachen in Germany and I’m also studying in Aachen. My studies include German literature, linguistics and philosophy and I’m a fourth semester student.

Exploring Canada was on my bucket list for a really long time. I saw a lot of amazing photographs of the countryside and heard just positive things about Canadians beforehand and I can say that my expectations were really not disappointing. The nature and especially the Rocky Mountains are just amazing and I’m really glad that I chose Canada and Vancouver.

A German agency gave me the INTERNeX contact information and after my first Skype meeting with Timothy I was sure that I was going to make use of the INTERNeX services. My internship company was really good and the weekend trips and Pub Nights were amazing.

I did an internship at a theatre and I enjoyed it. The team was really nice and it was good getting a look into the company and their work. I chose doing an internship, because it had to do it for my studies. I worked as a marketing intern and learned a lot about marketing strategies and public relations. I really liked the company and the people working there. It was a good experience and I’m glad that I got the chance getting to know the company and a bit about marketing.

To be successful at the company I interned, you have to work independently. The peopleKristina Roeder (words) working there don’t always have time to come to your desk and give you a new job. So you should find useful things to do on your own sometimes or go to them and ask them for a project you can help them with.

My practicum was a part of my university studies and it was really useful for that. It was useful for my career goals as well and besides that a great personal experience.

I lived in a homestay in South Vancouver with three other students and my host mum, who I liked really much. The only negative aspect was, that my room didn’t had a window, but it was still good living there. INTERNeX helped me finding the homestay.

During my first weekend in Vancouver I was a bit homesick, but after making new friends and going on weekend trips I was fine.

My first impression about Vancouver was as good as my last impression. Vancouver is a beautiful city and it was a pleasure living there, even if it was just for three months. I’m sure that it was not my last trip to Vancouver.

I joined nearly every pub night during my stay in Vancouver and each one was so much fun. I joined the Kelowna weekend trip and lots of other day trips. Each trip was amazing and I’m glad I got to see a lot of beautiful places and got to know amazing people. Iris, Tess, Danielle and Janel did a great job! I visited nearly everything you can visit in Vancouver and also Kelowna, Whistler, Banff, Jasper and Seattle.

I love the combination of living in a big city and living so close to such a stunning nature. Canadians are incredibly kind and polite, which is really strange at the beginning if you’re from Germany.

My personal highlight was my Rocky-Mountain-trip with my dad during my stay in Canada. We walked on frozen lakes, did snow walks and walked through the Rockies. We took the “Banff Gondola“ and I had the most stunning view in my life so far.

This experience definetely inspired me to travel more! After my studies I want to travel again for a longer time and I want to go to New Zealand. The first thing I did when I arrived home was visiting my family and friends and I slept a lot to conquer my jet lag…

– Kristina

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

Candidate Exposé – Iris van Knippenberg

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I am Iris van Knippenberg, a 21 year old Dutchie, and am studying International Leisure Management at NHTV in Breda.

I always wanted to do my internship abroad, as I think you learn way more from that and it is just an amazing experience. After I went abroad to Finland, I even wanted to go abroad more and preferred going outside Europe this time. Canada was in my top 3 of countries outside Europe, so it wasn’t hard to finalise my decision when I got the offer to do this internship.

I first tried out to find internships on my own in the US, but it was really difficult to get one as you really need a network for it and they prefer people who are a native speaker as well. When I couldn’t find one on my own, I decided to look at my school database and that is where I found the vacancy to do an internship with INTERNeX. It spoke to me, as it was outside Europe and I really liked the tasks I would need to do here with INTERNeX.

I am doing an internship with INTERNeX itself, so I am sort of part of the practicum Iris van Knippenberg (words)program of INTERNeX. I had to do an internship for my study, so I couldn’t choose another one. I really like the internship at INTERNeX, I feel like I already learned a lot and there is so much opportunity to actually learn something if you really want to. It is really nice to hang out with the others who are part of the program too, as they experience the same things as I do and therefore really understand it.

The atmosphere in the company is really good. Besides that I also like my tasks and the projects I am doing for them as well. Like I already mentioned, I also got a lot of opportunities to work on my personal goals, which I really appreciate. Characteristics and skills you need to be successful here are I would say networking, being client-oriented and having good communication skills.

This internship is part of my university program and I think it is really useful because you finally get to actually practice everything and learn the skills, which you should not be able to learn when you are just in a classroom.

Iris van Knippenberg 1When I arrived I felt like Vancouver was really big (the buildings and the city itself) and pretty warm. I expected snow before I came here, so I was really surprised to arrive in a city where there was no snow and 7 degrees. When I left the Netherlands, it was way colder, so that is why I expected at least the same temperature in Vancouver. Right now it doesn’t feel big anymore, I got used to the city and I know my way around now. Canadians are really polite and easy-going. Besides that I found out that Canada has beautiful nature and there is so much to do here.

I attend every trip we organise with the PR-team, because I always like to go with the INTERNeX family, there is a really good atmosphere among us. I also like the events and the pub nights are always really nice too, so I always try to go to as many things as possible.

I already did a lot in Vancouver. While I am here I visited quite some amazing places. The ones that stood out the most were the Rockies, Kelowna and Joffre lakes. Besides that I also did a lot of amazing activities such as bungee jumping in Whistler, going to my first professional hockey game, hiking at Lynn Canyon, celebrating King’s Day in Vancouver and I went to a boat party.

I love the nature here and that it is so easy to just go on a hike or to the beach. While doing this, I have the feeling that I am actually escaping my daily life routine. I have been homesick in the beginning and in the middle of my time here. In the beginning I wasn’t used to living alone anymore and had to get used to it again. In the middle of my internship, a lot of my good friends were leaving Vancouver again and I felt a bit alone because of that. However, because of all the great people of the INTERNeX family I felt way better.

I can’t choose between two experiences which have both been really amazing for me, the Iris van Knippenberg 2Rockies and Joffre lakes. When you are at the Rockies, it totally feels like an escape of reality when you are there. The mountains and views are amazing and the atmosphere here is just the best ever. At the Rockies I got the chance to do a hike at Johnston Canyon while every waterfall was still frozen. Besides that I also did a hike on the mountain in Banff where I got amazing views over the mountains. I also walked on Lake Louise to a frozen waterfall. It was a bit scary to walk over it, but also really great.

Joffre Lakes was an amazing day-long hike, which was challenging but really worth the time and effort. As I did not have the right hiking shoes yet, I kept falling and it took me a long time to get to the second lake. Climbing up the mountain was also not really helping either. However, once we were at the second lake, I forgot all the pain and exhaustion. The lakes are blue-greenish as they are fed by glaciers and absolutely look amazing.

This trip definitely inspired me to travel more since I heard about a lot of amazing events and places while I was here (Oktoberfest in München and Carnaval in Aachen). Besides that I do not have the time to see the other side of Canada now, so I would love to go to the other side to see Quebec, Montreal, Ottowa and the Niagra falls.

INTERNeX helped me to find my way in Vancouver regarding finding friends. Besides that the organisation also gave me the opportunity to explore a lot of places where I would not have gone without them. Yes, my experience would have been way different without INTERNeX and I would not change a thing about it.

When I get Back home I will eat a lot of chees and order a “frikandel speciaal”.

– Iris

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

Candidate Exposé – Kerstin Berger

kerstinbergerI am Kerstin Berger, 23 years old and I am from Germany. I just graduated from university and I always wanted to come here once, so now was actually the perfect timing.

I found Internex through a German agency, which offers internships all over the world. Internex and mostly the girls from the PR-team are doing an awesome job! I am participating in the practicum program because I didn’t’ t want to do the work and travel program. I think the general program of Internex is really good since you get to meet so many people and doing all the trips together makes the time here just awesome.

I am placed at a recruiting company in Vancouver and I think it is pretty okay so far. I think it is more HR though, while I actually wanted to do something in accounting. I had an interesting project here that turned out to be a big project for the company. It made me feel pretty good that I was the one who ran it. I think you need to have a bit of a HR background though for this Practicum. So this is not a part of my university programs since I already graduated, but the experience will be useful for my career goals.

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In Vancouver I live in a shared apartment where I have a private room. I found it on Craigslist, which is a platform to buy and sell or offer almost everything. For example you can find houses there, second hand ski materials and even pets.

My first impression of Vancouver was RAINcouver haha, I am glad that the rain is gone by now. I realize now how beautiful the city and the whole country is. During my stay I attended most activities and trips organised by the PR-team, but sometimes I was occupied with my other job at a bar. When I attended, it was always a lot of fun with cool people! I attended many pub nights, I went to the Richmond Night Market, cycling in Stanley Park and I went to the Rockies with them. The PR-team did a really good job, so thank you girls!

What I like most about Vancouver is that you have mountains and beaches in one city, so mostly the nature. The most memorable things I did here was the Big Rockies trip and road trips with friends. This experience inspired me to travel more and I think South America would be very interesting to go to.

Internex was helpful for me to get friends here, which I think is one of the most important things to have when you are abroad for a couple of months. I would totally recommend Internex to others.

The first thing I will do when I get back home is giving my family a big hug.

– Kerstin

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com