This week’s expose of the week is about our two new IT interns from the Netherlands. Janus and Rick will be working closely with Simon, for the next 4 months, on creating new websites and web designs for INTERNeX. Janus and Rick are both 20 years old and study ICT in Eindhoven. This week I had a bit of a chat with both of them about their experience so far at INTERNeX and of Vancouver.
Why INTERNeX and why in Vancouver?
Janus: I really like Canada, but I don’t speak French so Vancouver seemed like the ideal place to be. I had originally sent out a couple of emails to companies in Vancouver asking them for any openings; one of them was INTERNeX and they were the only ones that sent me a response.
Rick: I’ve always wanted to come to this part of the world and when Janus told me about the option to come work for INTERNeX in Vancouver I was very interested.
How did you find out about INTERNeX?
Janus: I was looking for an internship and I found an email linked to INTERNeX on a website, so I decided to send them an email.
Rick: I heard about it through Janus. The university insisted that Janus take an extra person with him if he wanted to take part in this internship due to safety reasons and he chose to ask me to come along with him.
Are you happy with your choice to work for INTERNeX? Why?
Janus: Yes, very happy. We are working on a very cool project at the moment and it’s a challenge at the same time.
Rick: Yes, I really like the atmosphere here. It’s less formal than I am used to, but it’s a very cool project.
What have you seen in Vancouver already?
Janus: We’ve been sightseeing around Vancouver together and we’ve gone to see Stanley Park and Lighthouse Park. We’ve also seen a lot of Downtown already and the waterfront airport.
What is your first impression of Vancouver?
Janus: My first impression of Vancouver is that it’s a very cool place. I really like Downtown, but once you start to enter the suburbs I’m not as impressed; Downtown is definitely a lot nicer from my perspective.
Rick: The people here are so friendly; the nature is beautiful and abundant, with the beautiful mountains surrounding the city. I really like it.
How did you find a place to stay/are you happy with what you have?
Janus: I found a place to stay on Craigslist. I actually experienced some problems when I arrived because the place I had moved into had a cat and I’m very allergic to cats so I had to find a new place as soon as possible. I found an alternative place through Rick’s landlord and I am very happy with this one.
Rick: I found a place through www.easyroomate.com . Unfortunately I’m not too happy with the place I’m living at right now because there are 7 people living there so it gets very noisy and I have trouble sleeping. It’s also quite expensive. I hope to find a new place to live by the end of the month.
Any upcoming plans, with INTERNeX, for in and around Vancouver?
Janus: No not yet, but I hope to take part in the trips that the PR team organize so that I can see more of Vancouver and the rest of British Columbia. Additionally, Rick and I were thinking of going up Grouse Mountain this weekend.
Rick: I’m hoping to attend the Seattle trip that the PR team are organizing and of course I will be joining Janus on our trip to Grouse Mountain.
Will you be attending the weekly pub nights that the PR team organize?
Janus: I won’t be attending them very often, maybe once or twice.
Rick: I am looking forward to attending another great pub night tonight.
Would you recommend INTERNeX International Exchange?
Janus: Yes, definitely. They are very friendly; they arrange everything for you and help you out a lot if you’re looking for a great experience in either Vancouver, Toronto or Auckland.
Rick: Yes. Pretty much for the same reasons that Janus has mentioned. It’s a very safe way to organize an internship in a new and unfamiliar place; there’s usually not a lot that can go wrong with this method.
Thank you Janus and Rick for your time! The INTERNeX team wish you all the best and hope you enjoy this amazing experience!
The PR Team