Photo Contest Rockies Spring 2014

This will be the first of an upcoming series of photo contests and what better way to start a photo contest than in the Rockies with a whole bunch of people and beautiful sceneries. You can win some great prizes which will be announced at the After Rockies Party on Saturday April 26, so make sure you shot some nice pictures and submit them before Wednesday April 23 3.00pm.

The contest is divided into five categories and you are allowed to upload up to five photos for every category, however you cannot submit a picture in two or more different categories. The categories are:

–       Best action-adventure: any photograph with people in action during an adventure in the Rockies.
–       Most creative picture: photographs with or whiteout people that is creative in any way.
–       Best black & white picture: any photographs that look better in black and white than in color.
–       Best group picture: photographs with more than 3 people in the pictures
–       Best party picture: photographs taken in during the night at the Rockies

Please keep in mind that there has to be at least one person in the photography – except for the most creative picture, this can be any photography taken during the trip that you find creative, and the group picture needs to have at least 3 people in the picture.

Photographs can be submitted via Dropbox or by wetransfer till Wednesday April 2013 3.00pm.

Using Dropbox:

–       Registration is compulsory
–       Please send us a mail so we can invite you to the folder where you can upload your pictures.
–       Save the pictures with your name, so we know to whom which picture belongs
–       Upload the pictures into the correct folder
–       Of you do not have a Dropbox account yet, but would like to use Dropbox to submit your pictures, send us a mail and we will help you to set up your Dropbox account

Using wetransfer (www.wetransfer.com):

–       No registration is needed for westransfer
–       Make sure your name is stated in the mail and to which category you would like to submit you pictures too
–       Send the files to pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX or/and partners can use any submitted pictures as promotion material. Please do not upload your submitted picture to any social media tool. If you do so, your picture will be disqualified from the contest.

We hope you all will submit your best pictures and we will announce the winners on our After Rockies Party on Saturday 26th of April.

Say cheese

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

 

INTERNeX Canada: Top Canadian Google Searches of 2012

Google is probably the place I go to when I need an answer for anything. In this day and age, we don’t go to the doctors anymore when we are sick or open an actual dictionary to look up the meaning of a word. If there’s something we don’t understand? We turn on our laptop or our iPhone and Google has the answer.

Recently, Google Canada revealed what the most popular Canadian searches of 2012 were and you might find some answers rather surprising or not! It’s kind of cool to see what kind of things, news or people were searched by Canadians in this year!

The Top Trending searches (new searches with the highest amount of traffic) of the year was Pinterest, which is a photo sharing social media website, with Hurricane Sandy and the London Olympics to follow.

Our very own Prime Minister, Stephen Harper was the most searched Canadian Politician, as he should be and is followed by Justin Trudeau, who is a candidate for the leadership of the Liberal Party and the son of Pierre Trudeau, the late former Prime Minister of Canada.

Not surprisingly, the top most searched Canadian Musician, remains to be Justin Bieber with Carly Rae Jepsen following in third place. She has been well-known in Canada for quite some time after placing third in the television show “Canadian Idol” in 2007, but she only became famous outside of Canada after Justin tweeted about her earlier this year!

The Vancouver Canucks was the third most searched Canadian Sports Teams and Vancouver, itself, was the fourth most searched Cities in Google Maps.

The Canadian beer Molson remains the most searched Beer and the most searched Canadian Foods were bacon, poutine and maple syrup. Very typical, right?

What I found most interesting was that people, even on the internet, are simply looking for love. The top Trending ‘What Is…?’ is What is Love and second highest Trending ‘How To…?’ is How to Love.

These statistics may seem kind of boring, but it shows the dominant thoughts and influences of the culture in this period of time. Our ways of discovering the “truth” has changed with our advancement in technology and social media. Who knows, maybe Google does have the answer for everything, even if its love!

For a complete list of the top Google Searches, take a look at Google Zeitgeist 2012.

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

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: Exposé of the week with Maria

Today our person of the week is Maria. She is from Germany and came to Canada to attend language school and do an internship in order to gain some international experience. Her trip to Canada, which has lasted for two month, is coming to an end this week. Half of her time in Vancouver she spent as an intern right at INTERNeX being part of the PR Team!

Why did you choose Canada?
With INTERNeX I found the only organization that offered such short internships. Since I have a job at home I could go abroad for 2 month only. So I had the choice between Canada and New Zealand. I picked Canada because everybody goes to New Zealand and I wanted to do something different. That’s why I am in Canada!

What do you like most about Canada and Vancouver?
I love that Canadians are so friendly! They help you with whatever you need, for example, ask you if you need help when you are just looking on your map in the city. I think Vancouver is good place to live. I liked the mix of mountains and ocean, the nightlife was great, there are a lot of different cultures.

What trips did you do in your free time? Did you join INTERNeX trips?
Oh my god, there were so many activities. We saw the Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver, biked around Stanley Park, had a tour through Rogers Centre. I went shopping in Seattle and watch the “Dragon Ball” canoe race in Deep Cove. With INTERNeX we went to the Rockies during the Easter holidays and I joined INTERNeX ice skating and go-karting. Pub Nights were also fun, it was a different event every Wednesday. One time it is a pool game, another time you do karaoke or watch a hockey game.

What is the most memorable thing you did in Canada?
For me it was the trip to the Rocky Mountains! The whole tour was fun: the nature was impressive, my roommates were awesome on this trip and we are really close friends now, even the bus ride was a lot of fun.

Is your internship useful for your education or career at home?
Definitely. First, I improved my English, which is always useful. Especially business English is necessary for my career in Germany. Second, the work I did during the internship is beneficial for my job at home. I work in the communication sector, so PR experience is very helpful.

What kind of tasks are you responsible for on daily basis?
I helped with everything t in the INTERNeX PR department. For example, I participated in promotion and organization of events as well as in cooperation with our partners. The biggest part of the job was social media, so I wrote blogs and newsletters. I also did welcome orientations for new candidates and even designed a new presentation for specific locations in the Rocky Mountains.

What was the best think about your internship?
The best thing is that I got to go on trips that I organized. The best one was our INTERNeX Zipcar trip where we had the chance to explore Vancouver by car. We saw many interesting places – we had lunch on Granville Island and coffee and ice-cream in Ikea, Richmond, we stopped at Queen Elizabeth Park and on the beach! It was basically a day off.

Why did you choose INTERNeX International Exchange?
They work together with a German company where I booked my trip. So INTERNeX provided me with a package of language school and internship in Canada. The best thing is that they have good ideas for internships and can organize everything from job to homestay!

Would you recommend INTERNeX International Exchange?
Yes I would, everything was fun with them. I didn’t have to think about accommodation or finding a work placement on my own. You can always ask somebody if you have problems. With their help I had more time to relax and explore Vancouver.

Thanks a lot, Maria, for the interview and for being part of our INTERNeX PR Team!  It was amazing to work with you!

Xenia

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

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!

F5 Expo 2010-04-07

Are you a business geek? Are you interested in social media strategies and mobile marketing?

On April 7, 2010, some of the most successful online media strategists will be speaking at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Downtown Vancouver. The F5 aims at providing businesses and entrepreneurs with insights into how a successful business stems from incorporating new ideas by tossing out the “old, out-dated” ones. With great emphasizes placed on social media marketing and the impact of future technology on civilization, the F5 provides a centralized network for all media enthusiasts to learn and exchange ideas with each other.

One of the most notable keynote speakers at the event is Malcolm Gladwell.  Malcolm Gladwell is one of the 2005 top 100 most influential people of Time Magazine who has made an enormous buzz in society through his publication of “The Outlier: The Story of Success”.  Malcolm has the drive to explore new trends to help organizations make the right decisions. He is an exceptionally high profiled figure in the business world.

The F5 Expo is a perfect opportunity for anyone who is interested in diving deeper into the social media industry. Whether you are already business professional or a university student hoping to run your own business, the F5 Expo will give you some smart tactics and new ideas to run your current or potential business.

For more information, please visit: http://www.f5-expo.com/welcome-f5-expo