Intern of the Month
We are pleased to introduce our Intern of the month – Jasper!
Jasper is 19 years old and doing an IT Internship from The Netherlands.
Let´s start off by saying that New Zealand is probably one of the weirdest places I´ve ever been to! Read on to see why this is a GOOD thing…
Which country has about half of the people wearing jandals and shorts in Winter and/or in the office, has place names like Whakarewarewa and has weather that changes quicker than I can find my umbrella- and I promise none of these are exaggerated. People wear jandals, t-shirts and shorts to meetings with huge companies and it’s not a problem. Picture people in 5000 dollar suits sitting right across from a dude in casual clothes as a regular sight in the office. Really, it’s just an indicator of the relaxed – yet – professional way of life the “kiwis” choose to do business.
My internship company is right in the Central Business District of Auckland City. It is brand new building – only opened for almost a year now – with about 6 dozen people working on IT related problems for the biggest companies in New Zealand. I´ve worked on projects for the NZ Government and two of the biggest local banks, Westpac and WestForce. That is pretty cool right? as a young intern working with the biggest organizations in the world…with some of the most relaxed people in the world… and in arguably one of the most beautiful places in the world.
And yes, New Zealand is undoubtedly stunning. A relatively short drive in any direction from Auckland makes you end up in a seemingly different…continent, some would say. Areas ranging from enormous sand dunes looking like a dessert to rainforest- like areas. Hot springs, waterfalls and amazing views for Instagram-ready photo´s are to be found everywhere. Most of which I´ve been to with other Interns, thanks to New Zealand Internships.
In conclusion, the country is amazing and people are great, too. You get to take part in wicked activities like extreme white water rafting or surfing. If time permits, I would love to visit the Southern Island, which is supposed to rival the Northern Island in terms of beauty. Myself, I will be here until the end of January, so there’s plenty of time to discover more parts of the country, which there is absolutely no lack of as you can see!