Read about the experience of our former trainees and get inspired.
Quentin, IT Specialist, France
Quentin from Marseille came to Slovakia by the end of the summer 2016. Even though the autumn felt nice, soon the boy from south had to struggle with one of the strongest winters in Slovakia for last couple of years. Despite the cold, snow, icy roads and tough weather which he did not fancy at all, Quentin did not regret his decision to come here at all:
"I discovered new culture, I improved my English, plus I learnt to manage a work project and work in small team." He appreciated the company approach and the relationships between the team members and he met a lot of friends among the other Placement Slovakia interns as well.
After the 5-months adventure in Eastern Europe was over, Quentin went back to France to continue in his studies. However, he thinks ahead and he has already a head full of dreams and ideas. When we asked him what he plans to do after the studies, he answered confidently: "I will create my own company."
We wish Quentin all the best pursuing his dreams and we hope he will also use some knowledge gained while staying in Slovakia.
Bonne chance & Au revoir!
Ekaterina, Financial Modeller, Russian studying in Finland
Ekaterina came to Slovakia from Finland where she is finishing her master degree in finances. Her internship agenda consisted of creating financial models for the company's clients, analysis of Russian market for new clients and she even created financial models especially for Russian companies according to Russian standards.
When we asked her what she would recommend to new interns coming to Slovakia, she came up with many suggestions: such as trying the traditional food; visiting High Tatras because of the beautiful view; writing the name on the mail box because otherwise the letter can get lost or going to Vienna by bus for few euros. But mostly, she recommends to attend international meetings and having fun as much as possible.
Daniel, Online Marketing Operator, Spain
Daniel (28), originally from Spain, came to Slovakia during summer 2016. He has been pursuing his Erasmus+ internship in a Slovak branch of Dutch company for six months in a field of digital marketing. Daniel was responsible for online marketing tools improvement and he has definitely succeeded. When we asked him what he will mis the most about the life in Slovakia, he answered simply: "My job, probably, because I like it. I had a great experience and I have learnt a lot of things - lot of new things. I do not have any regrets about the decision I made."
Sebastian, Light Designer, Poland
Story of this young graduate in electrical engineering proves that internship can lead to full-time emloyment.
Sebastian from Poland did his Erasmus+ internship in a respected Slovak company and at the same time biggest producer of light fixtures in Central and Eastern Europe. His agenda varied from preparation of technical documentation, to product and project development or business support.
The work of Sebastian was very much appreciated and as the end of his internship approached, he was offered a full-time job which he accepted. Thanks to Placement Slovaia programme Sebastian got employed in his field of study almost immediately after the graduation.
Laura, PR intern at theatre festival, Lithuania
Young student Laura from Kaunas, Lithuania, spent her summer 2016 pursuing an Erasmus+ internship at the biggest international theatre festival held in Slovakia. Laura was responsible for communication with foreign guests and participants; she was their contact person before, during and after festival - which she evaluated as successful.
During the internship Laura improved her communication and organization skills, as well as her English. She appreciated the positive attitude of her colleagues who were always willing to help her - staying calm and easy going even despite the chaos during the festival organization. In her free time she could even discover beauty of Slovak castles, mountain and nature.
Despite the difficulty with the language barrier between common Slovak people and herself, Laura evaluted the decision to come to Slovakia as of the best in her life.
Kira, Intern in NGO, Russian studying in Italy
Kira, student from Italy originating in Russia, spent in Slovakia three months pursuing her Erasmus+ internship in one of biggest Slovak foundations. As an intern she was responsible for various tasks; for example she made suggestions related to improvements of English version of the website; she had been writing articles in English related to the organization activities and she even helped with organizing an international conference taking care of organization partners from Belarus.
Coming to Slovakia Kira made a decision she will never regret. You can read more about her experience here.