INTERNeX Canada: Mercedes says “Hola”

Hey everyone,

I’m Mercedes and I’m the new PR intern.  I was born in a Spanish city called Vigo, right in the Atlantic Coast, and that’s probably the reason why I love the sea and the beach so much.

I was really shocked when I firstly arrived to Vancouver due to the weather: foggy and rainy. I left the sunny and warm Spain, but I’ll do my best to get along with this weather. I’m sure this wonderful city has  a lot  to offer to everyone.

I’m studying Advertising and Public Relations at the University of Vigo and I want to achieve a career in International Relations and Marketing. By the way, last year I studied in Austria. So yes, I speak German, but I’m not as pretty good as I’m with English. At the moment I’m here for taking some work experience and for having a university break.

Talking a little bit about my personal hobbies, my passion is traveling and meeting new people.  I really believe that traveling makes you always seeing life in a new perspective and makes you think who and where you want to be in life.

During my free time I go shopping (as you can see in the picture taken in the Pacific Centre), I hang out with friends or I just stay at home watching a movie.

I hope this experience in Canada will fill my life with wonderful memories, a lot of good times and amazing people. I’m really looking forward to getting to know all of you really soon and please, feel free to chat with me anytime or leave a comment!

Best,

Mercedes

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

An Era Ends, a new Chapter begins…

Founder and CEO teccrab online service inc.When I first met Tim in 2006, INTERNeX was already a very successful company, but with an awful website. Tim knew that it wasn’t very good and was interested in changing it. Unfortunately, I did not impress him with my first, and maybe too honest, pitch because I didn’t know how the Canadian Culture worked. But our paths crossed a couple times and at some point I was able to introduce him to a tool that led to the first improved INTERNeX website. Under the domain internexcanada.com Tim finally had a website he was able to update himself, and to modify it to his liking. In April 2007, I had to go back to Berlin because my work permit expired, but I stayed in contact and gave some advice here and there. It was in November 2007 when Tim visited me in Berlin and I remember when we were sitting in a Taxi on the way to the airport when we talked about a position at INTERNeX. He also mentioned that I needed to do something besides improving the IT and so I became the Placement Manager for the construction program too.

Hence, I started in March 2008 as the IT and Placement Manager for INTERNeX. One of my first tasks was to improve the network, security, and database, and on the construction program side, learn how to place construction workers from Europe in companies in Canada. I also learned how to deal with immigration Canada and how to fill out LMO’s to get the proper permit for the candidates who needed one. My program, to explain here for just a second, was a bit different compare to the other INTERNeX programs. The Province of British Columbia was at the time actually looking for construction workers because there was a shortage in BC. This changed when the worldwide financial crisis hit all of us. I remember that one day I was talking to companies about getting more people, but suddenly the same companies were downsizing, and unfortunately, some of them even disappeared.

Fortunately for me, I still had my IT and internet marketing background, which eventually led to the position as the Public Relation Manager of INTERNeX. It also helped me get nominated by the province of British Columbia and allowed me to finally immigrate into this great country.

In February 2009, I started the first Blog of INTERNeX and became very active in the social media world for the company. First I interested one intern to help me out, and over the years had more and more PR people on my team. I actually counted how many interns I was more or less responsible for in the time I was working for INTERNeX. I had 3 IT, 3 Marketing and over 30 PR interns in the 4 and a half years. I personally think this is amazing.

Tim and I became close friends and he was the one “pushing” me to do something besides INTERNeX, something on my own. I thought about that for a long time; I didn’t wanted to leave INTERNeX, but had the feeling that he was right. In the time I worked for INTERNeX as IT and PR Manager I often had the chance to talk to fantastic people who are great partners of INTERNeX. They asked me how I did things in the internet and with social media. In turn, they implemented some of those ideas into their own strategy. Tim pointed out that I will eventually be in a conflict of interest between everyone, and after a lot of consideration, I finally started teccrab online service inc.

However, now I had to take care of two companies at the same time. People who know me know that I don’t do anything half way. If I have a job and a responsibility, I will give more than 100% which led to the problem that I couldn’t work full time for INTERNeX anymore. Tim and I had many meetings regarding this matter and we decided that it might be best for everyone to end a chapter, but also start a new one.

Therefore I am sad to announce that I am leaving INTERNeX at the end of September, but also proud and happy to announce that INTERNeX has become my client for internet marketing and PR as well as other IT consulting services.

So I hope it is alright that I am not saying good bye to all the brilliant INTERNeX’ers because I will still be around 😉

If you would like to know more about teccrab, please feel free to follow these links:
internet marketing, seo, social media, public relations
Our Website: http://teccrab.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/teccrab
Twitter: http://twitter.com/teccrab
Blog: http://blog.teccrab.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: Exposé of the week

Today I was talking to 2 INTERNeX Candidates from Germany, Konstantin and Christian. They graduated from highschool last year  and decided to come to Canada. They live together in downtown Vancouver and arrived at the beginning of January 2012.
They will stay until the end of July and do an internship organized by INTERNeX here in Vancouver in an Association Management Company.

 
Why did you decide to go abroad?

Konstantin:
Well, our first goal was oc course to improve our English. I think that´s very important for the future career plans. Of course it´s also a different and interesting culture we were confronted with

Chris:
Futhermore the experiences we make here are amazing. We get a deep look into the life of work and get more independent.

 
Is your internship useful?

Chris:
Yes definitely. We gather new experiences we wouldn´t have got back home in Germany. We are involved into the team and are responsible for different tasks. We have to show initiative and work also on our own but that makes it so interesting because it´s rich in variety!

 

What kind of tasks are you responsible for?

Konstantin:
We are the two studio-coordinators for the brand new conference room. We are responsible for the room, have to check bookings, promote it in the internet as well as with flyer and we developed a marketing strategy how to make it even more profitable for the company

 

What do you like most about your internship?

Chris:
We have interesting tasks every day so we never get bored. Of course there are also times when we are not too busy but we got to know many people and work together with the managers. We communicate a lot with other people so our English gets better and better so it meets our expectations.

 

What do you think about Canada & Vancouver?

Konstantin:
Vancouver is a very international city, which makes it even more interesting. We meet people from all over the world and get to know their cultures. People in Canada are very friendly here and you can ask everybody for help. We found new friends very fast, for example at the PuB NiGHTs and different events organized by INTERNeX.

 

What trips did you attend so far and do you attend the weekly INTERNeX PuB Night?

Chris:
We often go to the PuB NiGHT because it´s always fun to have a few drinks and talk to other students. We also went to the Laser Tag Event which was fun. We try to attend more activities and events in the future, now that we have set up everything here in Vancouver.

Konstantin:
We also went to the St.Patricks Day Party which was awesome. Around 60 people from INTERNeX were all together in a PuB and we partied all day long! I think all these events as well as the PuB NiGHT is a great chance to meet new people and find new friends from the very beginning.

 

Why did you choose INTERNeX International Exchange?

Chris:
We cam here with Step-In, a cooperation company of INTERNeX. But of course we also informed ourselves about INTERNeX. The feedback is very positive and they do many things for their candidates. The PR-Team organizes all kind of activities and trips for us so if we want to have something going on during the weekend we can just join whenever we want. That´s great for us and we meet always new people.

 

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

Konstantin:
They send us all kind of information which were important for us before our departure. They showed us how to apply for the right visa and of course they organized our internship here in Vancouver. After our arrival we got a welcome orientation which helped a lot. They told us how things are going here in Vancouver, what we can do in our freetime and what kind of events they are planning for the future.

 

 

 

Would you recommend INTERNeX:
Chris & Konstantin:
Yes definitely. We are having a good time here in Vancouver, enjoying our internship and are glad that we did that step.

 

Thanks for taking your time, I hope you will enjoy the summer in Vancouver and we are glad that you have a good time.

 

Cheers,
Hannes

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

Vote for INTERNeX! Last chance; deadline is TOMORROW!

Following our success of being shortlisted last year, INTERNeX is again asking for your vote for Language Travel Magazine Star Awards for Star Work Experience Provider! The LTM Star Awards recognize organizations that demonstrate excellence in the international education industry.  The awards are unique peer-voted awards for international education organizations. 

Last year INTERNeX was sortlisted as the Star Work Experience Provider at the LTM Awards in London, however at the end of the day 2010 was not our year to win. This year we would greatly appreciate your support by voting for us! Voting is very simple; just click here to go to the voting page. Enter your contact details and fill out the nomination form at the bottom of the page and click send! 

As our partner, this award will also serve you in your marketing efforts as we would be recognized as a world leader in our industry, validating our years of efforts and market innovation with you. If you have already voted for us, thank you for your support. We really appreciate it! 

Thank you,

The INTERNeX International Exchange Team

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

Thank You INTERNeX!

Hi Folks! It’s Tiffany here. So what’s new today?

Well, it’s sad to say that today is going to be my last day at INTERNeX. As most of you are or have been a student once in the past, the calling duties of school is always an issue. With exams coming up, to my dismay, I will be unable to continue my position as a PR Intern at INTERNeX. So, you won’t be seeing me around the office- but perhaps on the street or up at UBC (say hi if you do!)

It truly has been an interesting experience with many memorable memories and rewards. There is no other place I know of with such a diverse working team. From the moment we enter high school, teachers, mentors and our parents have driven the phrase “to be able to work with a diverse group of people” into our minds. It is not until now that I understand what that phrase means. Having worked in several Canadian cultured companies, I find that the work ethics and cultures of these companies are all very similar although diverse in terms of the work you do. At INTERNeX, I was exposed to so many people from different cultures it was a little overwhelming at times. I was given a glimpse of what the working ethics of people from German, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Mexico and France were like. And I can tell you, it’s definitely an eye-opener.

Personally, after this experience, when my friends say “I worked in a diverse team environment”, I can proudly say, “Well, me too, I worked with people from around the world, literally”. The staff at INTERNeX has all treated me very well especially when it came to my difficult school schedule. They have been very accommodating, flexible and excruciatingly welcoming.

Being given the opportunity to intern at INTERNeX, I was able to learn about how this agency operates and all the efforts that go into placing a candidate. My knowledge of IT management was strengthened tremendously due to spending hours in the “dungeon” discussing the evolution of IT and its position in society today. I further developed my social media marketing and promotional skills through preparing promotional design materials and updating our social media networks.

The role of PR Intern at INTERNeX is one that can be very fulfilling. Having been here for one month, I’ve seen improvements in myself in terms of communications skills and confidence level. It’s unfortunate that during my time here, I was unable to plan a couple out of the city trips, but am very glad to have made some amazing friendships with those who came out to Cheesecake Night.

If you have any questions or are very interested in applying into a Public Relations position at INTERNeX and would like some feedback, let the office know and they can pass you my contact.

As for now, thank you INTERNeX for all your gracious help and best of luck to the next intern!

INTERNeX Family Interview #4

What is your first name?
Patrick.

Where are you from?
I am from the Netherlands. More specifically it’s actually an Island in the South West, known as Zuid Beveland.

What languages do you speak fluently other than English?
Fluently?…just Dutch.

What position do you hold at INTERNeX? And for how long have you been working here?
I am the placement manager for the Paid Vancouver Placements and also a marketing coordinator. I have been holding this position for the past three years now.

What made you want to become involved with INTERNeX in the first place?
Well I started off as an intern actually and then I was offered a more permanent position once my internship had ended.

In what ways do you think INTERNeX is unique from other international placement agencies? What does INTERNeX specifically offer that no other company can?
Our motto actually highlights why we are unique; it says “Undersell and over deliver”. Yes we are a company that strives for profit; however, monetary gains are not our main driving force. Our entire team is dedicated to making our candidates better global citizens, so first and foremost we are all about our candidates. Secondly, I wholeheartedly believe that INTERNeX is always ahead of the market so we truly set the standard for this industry. We have led the way for other companies to realize that the path to true success is to customize the programs to the candidate not the other way around.

What changes within INTERNeX have you personally witnessed since you have joined the team?
Even though I have only been a part of this company for the past three years I have seen an innumerous amount of changes. However, I will highlight the ones that I see as the most important. First and foremost, our company, our systems, and our staff have become more professional. Since our expansion in terms of our international reach our work load and ultimately work hours have extended so no more leaving the office early to catch the hockey game haha. Secondly, in terms of our candidates the amount of things that they can participate in besides from the program in which they are placed has exponentially increased. And with this increase in activities I have really witnessed the fostering of a true community amongst our INTERNeX clients.

Where would you like to see INTERNeX in the next 10 years? Do you have any New Year’s goals for the company?
Well I would like to see INTERNeX as a global brand for our industry. We can set the standard on a global level and introduce our personalized services to the rest of the world. I would also like to see us sending Canadians abroad so we address both sides of our international exchange markets. And on a more personal side I am really invested in expanding and successfully promoting our wildlife/environmental volunteer program.

Tell us one interesting thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?
When I was twenty years old, my father, my uncle and I climbed a mountain in Africa. This mountain was called Mount Kilimanjaro and it’s actually the highest peak in Africa at 5,895 meters (19,341 ft). It took us seven days to climb this mountain because if we went any quicker we would have suffered from altitude sickness, which can actually result in death if you do not take the time to acclimatize.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
Hmm well there are many places that I would love to travel to but being a tourist in a country and being a resident are two very different experiences. But I would love to live in Pantanal, Brazil and open up my own eco resort.