Luca from the Netherlands tells the story of her time in New Zealand
Business Management Internship
“I’m currently in my third year of my study International Business and Management at the University of Applied Sciences in Rotterdam. In the third year, all students are required to do an internship, either in the Netherlands or abroad. At first I wanted to go to Australia but many people told me that the country is so big that It’d be easier to go there just for travelling instead of combining it with an internship. A few friends told me that New Zealand was a stunning country and that travelling in NZ didn’t have to take a lot of time, since the country is a lot smaller. I personally love to travel around when I go to a country I’ve never been to so I can see as much as possible.
A girl from my student rowing sorority and study had organised her internship via New Zealand Internships and had an amazing time in Auckland. I became more enthusiastic about NZ and decided to contact NZI to help me find a suitable internship.
NZI put me in contact with a variety of companies and I finally chose to become an intern in the tourism industry. This has been one of my greatest choices yet. For me it’s basically the dream job, the perfect combination of adventurous activities on the boat and educational days in the office. We do tons of fun activities like fishing, night kayaking with phosphorescence, snorkeling and much more. In the office, I learn a lot concerning marketing and I get many different tasks. I am currently setting up a project that allows me to travel the entire country whilst working.
The crew I work with on the boat is like a family and I could never imagine myself eating sea urchins, holding a slimy octopus, touch sharks or swim with dolphins during work. Living here feels like home with the extremely relaxed and easy going people. It’s unreal that I get to wake up and walk to work along the beach in my flipflops every day. Whenever I am not working, I go on trips with friends or hang out at the beach (which is a 100 meter walk from where I live). I joined the intern surfing trip to Raglan which was a lot of fun and totally worth it.”
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