Intern of the Month
We are pleased to introduce our Intern of the month – NinaRosa Juffermans!
NinaRosa Juffermans is 21 years old and a Marketing and Media Intern from The Netherlands.
I am enjoying New Zealand SOOOO much! New Zealand is absolutely stunning. For me as a Lord of the Rings-fan, it’s a paradise. I love the nature the most, especially on the Southern Island. But also the culture is great. It’s a bit like the Netherlands, but it’s way more relaxed. No one is wearing shoes at my office and we like to go for drinks together. I am writing my thesis as my internship and apart from that, I am responsible for the Public Relations and the launch of the new website. It’s going quite well. My thesis is a challenge, because I’ve never done such a large amount of research before. My other tasks are diverse and challenging but I learn a lot from everything I do. I’ve completed a 2-week trip to the Southern Island and I must say, that was beyond beautiful. The nature there is just magnificent. But I also like all the different neighbourhoods in Auckland, like Ponsonby or Mission Bay. And then the weekend trips… I think my favourite weekend was the Raglan surf trip, which involved a great party and a great surfing lesson.
A mistake I made was not allowing myself enough time to get used to my new environment. I arrived in Auckland on Sunday at 3pm and I started my internship Monday at 9am. Because of that, I had to spend all my lunch breaks in the first week to arrange practical stuff, like opening a bank account, getting a phone subscription, or buying basic foods. I’d recommend allowing yourself a full week to explore the neighbourhood and sort out some things.
First of all my Southern Island trip and then I went on most of the organised weekend trips: Coromandel, Tongariro Crossing, Raglan, Bay of Islands, and Hobbiton. I’ve been busy every weekend organising trips myself, like: Waiheke Island, Piha, Auckland Zoo, food festivals, Goat Island, Wellington, lasergaming, and just shopping and eating. Auckland is great to just walk around or go out for lunch, dinner, or drinks. I’ve tried L&P but I found it way too sweet! I never drink any soda so it was very heavy for me. Concerning Kiwi Slang, I love “sweet as” and “bro” and “mate”. I use that all the time. I didn’t get sunburned; I guess that’s because of my Indonesian roots. And for international friends: I made so many! Most of my friends here are Dutch but I’ve also got friends from France, Belgium, New Zealand, England, and Germany.
I had been a client before, when they arranged my internships to Australia. That’s how I got in contact with New Zealand Internships. They made everything go very smoothly: helping me with my flight ticket, arranging suitable housing, and picking me up from the airport.
I can’t believe how beautiful this country is, how much there is to do, how kind the Kiwis are, and how great it is to work in New Zealand. I will surely miss New Zealand and I wish I could stay longer.