Testimonial ++Internship ++ New Zealand
From Marketing to Logistic: Britta's Unique Internship Experiences in Tauranga, New Zealand
Britta shares her incredible experience after doing her internship in Tauranga, New Zealand, as a Logistic Intern!
My Internship Host Company
The company I worked for is a port logistic company and they offer ship loadung, IT solutions and port handling operations. I worked in the operations office which was really interesting. My line manager was the General Manager and I was integrated in the team very well. The employees were all very friendly and professional. I always felt as part of the team and never as “the intern". They treated me really well, helped me wherever they could and the tasks I had to fulfill were absolutely interesting. In the beginning they gave me some interesting input and an introduction, also on safety issues. But the best thing was that they let me be part of their real operations!
So I could perfectly use my previously learned skills and was at the same time introduced into new areas and learned something about the company's' operations and processes.
My Internship Tasks
At first I just did little tours around the port but later on, I was allowed to spend several days out on the wharf, seeing all the machinery in action and observe the operational process! I was even allowed to shadow one employee all day long and to go on board of a log vessel! It was all very new to me but really exciting! In general, my tasks were mainly focusing on smaller projects works but the biggest one was a project on the process improvement in another port (Napier). This project was about attaching GPS devices on trailers in order to be able to follow their routes and to localize bottlenecks of the current process. I was working very independently and it was something that I had done before in my other jobs (project work, conducting surveys, analyzing processes). So I could perfectly use my previously learned skills and was at the same time introduced into new areas and learned something about the company's' operations and processes.
The Little Things That Made My Staying Abroad Worthwhile
Actually I could adapt to the kiwi lifestyle very quickly as I have been in NZ before but I think there are always these little things of everyday life making your stay special and interesting! I stayed at a colleague's house (of whom the company gave me the contact details in advance) which was perfect! I had a very good time there. And in terms of cultural issues and lifestyle I found it incredibly interesting to work at a kiwi company! It was just so amazing to see their work structures and to learn from them. The company was a lot smaller than the company I worked for in Germany but they were so professional and very innovative! That really surprised me!
My Conclusion: Absolutely Suggested Experience!
To sum it all up I am very happy with my stay in NZ and I will recommend Studentsgoabroad to other students as well as I would recommend working at this company because they really care about the interns and want them to gain the best out of their internship helping them with their studies and in later work life.
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