Review of the year: January, February, March

January

2012 was gone forever and 2013 could only be better!!! The PR team had a lot of events and activities planned for the first month of the year and of course we started the year off with the first PuB NiGHT after Christmas.

For all sports fans among us, the January brought good news: Finally the NHL was back on! The excitement was obvious all over town! As you probably know, hockey is huge here in Canada and what happened was that the owners (NHL) and the players (NHLPA) had an enormous disagreement over the player’s salaries and contracts (collective bargaining agreement), resulting in a strike of the hockey players. As frustrating as it was with four long months of no hockey, the lockout was finally over.

And, of course always an exciting event, the PR team got a new member. We welcomed Flora into our team. She was born in Korea but moved to Vancouver when she was only seven years old. She was majoring in Communications at Simon Fraser University hoping to achieve a career in Public Relations and Human Resources. Besides studying and writing term papers, she loved meeting new people and traveling to different places… or even to places she’d already been before because she believes that you can make new memories each time you’re there.

Also, one of our former colleagues, Simon launched a new website of his own company, teccrab. If you want to start selling your products or have your own presence online, teccrab can help you to develop your website. Whether you are looking to improve your presence on the World Wide Web, planning to have an event, need a promo video for your event or are interested in knowing a little bit more about all the  the World Wide Web world, teccrab can help you out with all of this.

On the sad side, we had to say good bye to yet another colleague and friend. Our PR intern Irene completed her internship with us we were letting her go with mixed feelings. Irene has been with us for seven month and we wished her all the best for her future but were also sad to let her go.

February

As January ended, February began with yet another good bye for us. Queenie, also part of our PR team, had to say good bye as well. And as with Irene, we were dreading her final day. She had been with us for five month, so we got to know her quite a bit and would miss a friend.

Other than that, February was a very active month. The INTERNeX crowd went for a Granville Island Brewery tour; they skied and snowboarded at Cypress Mountain, celebrated Chinese New Year, and went to the Vancouver Aquarium.

March

March, the last month of our lively first quarter of 2013, was marked by St. Patrick’s Day and everybody’s anticipation for our big Rockies trip.

INTERNeX celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by going out to watch the parade in downtown Vancouver and drinking green beer! Crowds of green people, green food and drinks and a good parade – what do you need more?

After this, everyone was basically only passing time until we could finally go to the Rockies over Easter! Four days of sightseeing, exploring, and partying in Valemont, Banff, Lake Louise, Golden, Johnston Canyon, National Parks… And so ended the first quarter of another year full of adventures!

Cheers,

Annika

 

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: How was your long weekend?

I hope you all had a fun LONG weekend and that you are all refreshed to go back to work! The bonus that comes with a long weekend is that this work week will be just as short as last week because there’s only four days till the weekend!  You may notice that I’m always (hopelessly) counting down to the weekend, but  some of you lucky ones will be coming to Whistler with INTERNeX this weekend.

My weekend was extra long because I finally graduated from university on Thursday! It was an amazing day and much more special than I could have imagined. It was really cool to see my classmates soak in the whole experience and take what seems like a billion pictures. What was so awesome was that Marianne and Irene got to come and spend the day with me. I’m so thankful to have them not only as my colleagues but friends that will last a life time.

The next few days consisted of going to my friends’ grads, furniture shopping and more working at my other job for me! Ya, my life is pretty mundane and sometimes I’m a workaholic. Sometimes.

Marianne, on the other hand, went on an impromptu camping trip to Whistler. She showed me the most beautiful photos of a glacier and told war stories about her hike to get there so definitely ask her about her crazy adventures!

On Monday night, about twenty of us got together for a thanksgiving dinner at The Irish Heather. I think it’s awesome that so many new faces showed up and yes, the Danish crowd is ever growing. Our set menu included their signature French beer, Kronenbourg Blanc which was really tasty and a bit fruity.

We were all starving so when our roast turkey came, which included stuffing, Okanagan cherry relish, maple glazed sweet potatos and brussel sprouts, everyone just stuffed it down their mouths. We’re so classy =P My favorite thing was the pumpkin pie for dessert. Having turkey and pumpkin pie was a new experience for most of the candidates, but everyone agreed that it is one worth repeating!

Now, that’s enough blabbering about how my weekend was. How was yours?

Cheers,

Queenie

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: Queenie says hey!

Hey everyone,

Working in the public relations industry has always been something that I’ve dreamt of and now here I am at INTERNeX! In the past August, I finished my degree in Communications at Simon Fraser University, and now I’m ready to explore the world on my own. It’s only my first day here, but I have learnt so much already and have met many new co-workers from all over the world, but I know that there is so much more to come. I am very excited to dive into all the challenges, gain practical experience, and of course, go out to all the pub nights and events!

Unlike many of the other interns, I am from Vancouver. Well, originally I was born in Hong Kong, but moved here with my parents when I was seven. Ever since then, I have called Vancouver my home.  Back then, coming from a foreign country, as well as speaking a different language and not knowing anyone was quite intimidating. Fast forward to 2012, Vancouver has evolved into this multi-cultural city, where you can just about find people of every ethnicity, and that goes for food, music, dancing…. This is what I love about Vancouver the most:  there is just so much to do!

My favorite thing to do in the winter is go snowboarding on Cypress Mountain. This sport may seem difficult at first and admittedly rather painful, but it is so thrilling when you get the hang of it. Now, I am not the most athletic person and am probably the girl-iest person you will ever find, so if I can do it, so can you! I also love cheering on the Vancouver Canucks during the hockey season, which runs from October to May. Being in this city, it is hard not to get caught up with emotions that surround it.  Last year, I was devastated when I had to miss the entire playoff run as I was travelling in Asia. Though this changed when I found that there was a pub where all the Vancouverites gathered at 8 am (due to the time difference) to watch the game. People called in sick just so they can watch the game, that’s how dedicated and attached people are to the hockey team. I felt really proud to be from this country and be a part of that experience.

While I do live here in Vancouver, I realize that there is so much I have yet to experience. Sometimes living here has made me take for granted how beautiful and vibrant this city is. I can’t wait to meet all of you and become a tourist myself in this city with all the activities coming up. I would love to get to know all of you and listen to all the adventures you have been on, so please do not hesitate to leave a comment or find me at an upcoming event!

Cheers,

Queenie

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

Not Quite Ready to Say my Goodbyes…So Farewell INTERNeX!!

So I started at INTERNeX back at the end of November 2009 and I was taken on as the PR/Communications Intern. I had been looking for several months for opportunities within the work force but within my field of study, which is Communications. I was in my fourth year up at Simon Fraser University and had had little experience besides from survival jobs such as being a server at Joey’s on Broadway, cashier at Urban Outfitters, and so on. After years of working within the service industry I was ready to take on a new challenge and I had always been interested in doing an internship. After months and months of research with little to show for it I came across INTERNeX. They were offering an opportunity that just seemed to be exactly what I was looking for! After several interviews I was accepted and started work at their office the following week.

The first time I stepped into the office I was super nervous and everybody seemed to be quite involved in their own work. Tempted to just sit in front of my computer and get down to it, I recognized how important it was for me to get to know my coworkers because we would be working together for close to 6 months. So I realized how important it was for me to take myself out of my comfort zone and show the INTERNeX staff that I was there to be a part of their team. The first week was quite overwhelming because I had to get acquainted with all of systems and procedures in place within their social media networking tools and the company in general. But as the weeks went by i began to feel more and more comfortable in the office setting and actually started to feel like a member of the INTERNeX family.

(me sitting in the office @ my desk)

Everyday at the office was something new… and this aspect of my placement was very exciting for me and i welcomed this new change. Throughout a significant portion of my placement i was attending school as well, so i had to juggle a heavy course load and three days a week at the office. I was unsure as to whether i would be able to handle everything on my plate, but i actually began to look forward to my days at the office because it broke up my same old boring school schedule that i was getting tired of. I was learning about all these new social networking tools, such as twitter, facebook, twaitter, wordpress, flickr, etc and part of my job was planning events and trips! Cannot get much better than that!

(me at PuB NiGHT with some of the candidates)

As my placement progressed i was given more responsibility and was able to take on bigger projects. My placement lasted for a total of 6 months and in such a short amount of time i was able to learn so much from each and everyone in the office. Tomorrow is my last day and i can honestly say that i will miss INTERNeX terribly! I cannot begin to express how lucky i feel to have been given the chance to become  part of this company and meet such an amazing group of people from all over the world. Thank god i’ll still be able to drop by the office whenever i want and hopefully i can organize a great relationship between the cellar and INTERNeX so then i’ll never really have to say goodbye.

I just want to personally thank all of the members of the INTERNeX family; Patrick, Laura, Tim, Mina, Marien, Mayuko, Martina and of course Simon (the dungeon troll) and all the others who i never got the chance to meet, for making this an unforgettably life changing experience! So now its time to say ciao for now/L-boogie

For more information about all of the programs offered by INTERNeX please do not hesitate to contact us at the office:
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