Laura, PR Intern, Lithuania

"I am extremely grateful for this opportunity, it was one of the best decisions of my life."

Laura, PR Intern, Lithuania

Sebastian, Light Designer, Poland

"I received a very good support. The colleagues helped me with everything."

Sebastian, Light Designer, Poland

Quentin, IT Specialist, France

"The best part was the culture. It is very interesting and beautiful."

Quentin, IT Specialist, France

Shane, Financial Assistant, UK

"I told to myself: Why not to apply, why not to have a beautiful experience?"

Shane, Financial Assistant, UK

Arba, Financial Analyst, Albanian studying in Austria

"I was involved in different types of tasks and I was trusted to execute them independently."

Arba, Financial Analyst, Albanian studying in Austria

Lucas, Startup Project Coordinator, Brazil

"I’m enjoying the work; it meets my professional and academic background."

Lucas, Startup Project Coordinator, Brazil

Keerthi, Mechanical Engineer, India

"I received more then i expected. Keep up the good work, Placement Slovakia."

Keerthi, Mechanical Engineer, India

Emanuel, Accountant Trainee, Portugal

"I put theory into practise and I got to know financial activity of a large company."

Emanuel, Accountant Trainee, Portugal

Vitor, Executive Assistant, Portugal

"Please come! Do not stay at home; rather travel, meet new people and explore Slovakia."

Vitor, Executive Assistant, Portugal

Daniel, Online Marketing Operator, Spain

"What will I miss the most? My job, probably."

Daniel, Online Marketing Operator, Spain

Miguel, Web Developer, Portugal

"I met amazing people and fall in love with a city that I did not even know few years ago."

Miguel, Web Developer, Portugal

Monica, Marketing trainee, Indian studying in Austria

"I am treated as full-time employee, which is great."

Monica, Marketing trainee, Indian studying in Austria

Vinay, Mechanical Engineer, Indian studying in Germany

"It is fun to learn new things; language and to explore new places."

Vinay, Mechanical Engineer, Indian studying in Germany

Pedro, Industrial Engineer, Portugal

"I am having a blast here!"

Pedro, Industrial Engineer, Portugal

Joao Pedro, Communication Assistant, Portugal

"My colleagues have become my friends. What can be better?"

Joao Pedro, Communication Assistant, Portugal

Pablo, Mechanical Engineer, Spain

"I like the travelling opportunities Bratislava offers."

Pablo, Mechanical Engineer, Spain

André Lagos, Project Coordinator assistant, Portugal.

“A few days after my arrival, I was already feeling like home”

André Lagos, Project Coordinator assistant, Portugal.

Tahmina Mumtaz, Junior SAP specialist, Pakistan

"I believe that this experience will enable me to follow my future endeavours in a defined way, and nourish me professionally.”

Tahmina Mumtaz, Junior SAP specialist, Pakistan

Whilst many traineeships are situated in the country's capital, some trainees go also to the smaller cities and towns that Slovakia has to offer, spreading right across the country. Vinay decided to undertake his traineeship for a company in Nitra, the fifth largest city in Slovakia located at the foot of the quaint Zobor Mountain. Here is Vinay's experience working as a Tool Designer over a 5 month period:

1, How did your story begin? Why did you decide to take an Erasmus+ traineeship in Slovakia?

I was informed by my friend who was part of Erasmus+ internship in Slovakia. So I applied in February and started my traineeship in April.

2, Can you tell us something about your work responsibilities?

I was working as a tool designer in Nitra, carrying out 2D and 3D construction of automobile parts.

3, What did you learn/improve at the most during your traineeship?

I learned to work independently and I improved my knowledge in software catia V5.

4, Did you have any task you had no idea how to proceed with it? If so, how did you solve it?

Yes, I had few problems in using the Slovak language computer system in the office but I managed it with the help of my supervisor. Externally, I had good support from Placement Slovakia in assisting me and getting people much closer by organising the events.

5, How did you find out our programme and how do you evaluate our assistance during your period here?

It was quite good, the assistance from the day of my application till the last day of my send off in Nitra I had lot of support from Placement Slovakia. I have to thank Anna for her support during my application process and assisting me during my initial days of the traineeship and helping me to carry my luggage on arrival. Later support from Diana, André and João was excellent for organising events and made the life in Slovakia so comfortable during the period of my internship.

6, How do you evaluate life in Slovakia?

It's very good, nice place to explore and have fun. Even though there was a language barrier, having lots of people from Erasmus is an advantage to meet people from different parts of the world.

7, What did you like the best here in Slovakia?

For me, it was the Erasmus friends I met and the night life and touristic places I visited.

8, Did you have time to travel and explore Slovakia and neighbouring countries? Which places did you visit and what left the biggest impact on you?

Yes, it's a nice time to explore the places. I have been to Austria, Prague, Bratislava ,Trencin, Budapest.
 
9, What are your next plans?

I am in search of doing a Master thesis, so that I can complete my masters degree in the coming year.

10, Is there anything you would like to say to students deciding whether an internship in Slovakia is a good idea?

Yes, a traineeship in Slovakia is a good place to explore the nearby countries and to gain some technical knowledge from your work environment. Meeting new people and adjusting to new cultures and languages, gives you a great scope for the future and builds up your self-confidence.

Read about Vinay's experience working as a Tool Designer in Nitra, Slovakia.