Tell us a bit about yourself!
Hello, I’m Nicky and this is my last week as an intern here at Venture Café Rotterdam. Maybe you’ve seen me at registration, at the bar, or showing you around at our Thursday Gathering and events. This internship was my first experience here in the Netherlands and I couldn’t be more glad that it was here at Venture Café; even as an intern, I’ve been able to meet and work with so many amazing people.
What did you enjoy about your internship?
I will always appreciate the working culture here, being able to try, fail, and learn from these experiences and take on my own projects. I didn’t really have expectations coming in, as internships sometimes have the reputation of being menial, however, I’m thankful that I was trusted to host events and take on projects.
Were there challenges that you had to overcome?
I think students may find internships scary because they don’t know what to expect, who they’ll get along with, and the pressure that might come along with it, but I think that’s all the more reason to take it on. These challenges really help you with your perseverance and work towards your professional growth and so despite any difficulties, it becomes another situation you’ve been able to overcome and learn from.
What is the thing you’re most proud of during your time at Venture Cafe Rotterdam?
I think it has to be running the Thursday Gatherings! I was given a lot of trust and responsibility to run the bar, manage the setting up of the registration desk and brief our student ambassadors. That was definitely a highlight for me.
Do you have any tips for anyone considering being an intern?
Internships are THE opportunity to apply what you’ve learnt in a real world scenario because I can assure you, it is a change from the classroom. With the process of finding one, something I learnt was don’t feel like you’ve applied to too many places; if they all interest you, you are only maximizing your chances of getting one. What to also keep in mind is that you will get rejected from some and that’s totally normal; it happens but you can learn from that and apply that to the next application. So, if you feel like you’re up for a challenge in your student career, internships are the way to go for your growth and good luck!