Stepwest Stories – Charlotte from Germany & Her Internship Adventure in Canada!

October 2, 2015
Posted in Stepwest Stories, Study & Work


Charlotte Germany BE Main

Stepwest Stories introduces Charlotte (24) from Munich, Germany! We are really glad to talk about Charlotte’s story during her experience in Canada, through our Business Essentials Program. Charlotte got her Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communication Management, and specialized in Marketing and Event Management back in Germany. “I wanted to gain international experience and I want to learn about Marketing in other countries. I thought about doing an internship in an English speaking country. England and Ireland are too close to Germany (and too rainy), Australia was too far away, and I’ve already been in New York for my semester abroad, so I chose Canada – also because of the beautiful nature!”

Charlotte landed in Stepwest through her agency in Germany. We loved the enthusiasm Charlotte had since the very beginning and it was great to go through the whole visa process for her. We still remember that she really wanted to go to a concert in Whistler, so we all were wishing that she would get her visa just in time to land in Canada and go to see the concert of her favorite musician. And that’s exactly how it turned out! She got her visa approved, bought her tickets online, sent it to the Stepwest Office and by the time she came to Orientation at our Office her tickets were already here! “During orientation at Stepwest, just right after I landed in Vancouver for the first time, I meet two great guys from Costa Rica and we ended up going to the concert in Whistler together. It was a pretty good start in a new city!”

Charlotte Germany BE + Marketing Internship 1

After her great start in Canada, Charlotte started her Business Essentials Program, where she could work part-time up to 20 hours a week while studying. She landed a job right after her arrival as a barista in a pretty well known coffee shop in downtown Vancouver. Once she was done her study term she started her Marketing internship in a start-up in Vancouver, located in the same neighbourhood of the College, in Gastown, where many of the start ups of Vancouver are located. “I was responsible for the Marketing activities of the company, which included Social Media Marketing, the new website, … It was easy to get used to the new work environment, because my team was very friendly and integrated me from the very beginning. Actually one my most rewarding moments in Canada was when my boss from my internship asked me, if I wanted to stay another month at the company, even when I could not because I already had my travel plans, it meant a lot to me”

Charlotte is now, after she finalized her study and work program at a College in Vancouver, enjoying the Rocky Mountains and making the most of her time in Canada before coming back to Germany. She wants to start her Master’s degree in International Marketing and it’s important to have international experience. She is completely sure that this work experience in Canada will help her a lot in the future, both professionally and personally. The program has not only improved her English, but also provided her with a solid foundation in marketing and business management, among other topics. We’re sure this new knowledge will help her with her goal of obtaining her Master’s degree.
When we asked Charlotte what she would say to those wondering if they should invest time and money into these kinds of programs in Canada, which will allow you to study and work during your time in Vancouver, she gave us a really straight forward answer:

DO IT! Canada is such a beautiful country and Vancouver, it’s such a vibrant city, you can do a lot: go hiking, skiing, snowboarding, beach, party … In general my experience in Canada has been great! I’m really happy that my agency in Germany connected me with Stepwest! I got all my visa and paperwork done so fast because they helped me a lot!

Do you want to see a bit more into the day to day of Charlotte at the College? Check out the video that our  Stepwest Star, Martin from Czech Republic did to highlight their moments in class! It really is worth your time to check it out!

Are you looking for an international work experience or internship in Canada as well? Has your country run out of Working Holiday visas or your country simply is not among the 34 International Experience Canada countries, but you still want to do your internship in Canada? Launch your career by participating in our Business Essentials Program, and gain not only valuable Business Management skills in a top canadian College in the heart of Vancouver, but also have the opportunity to put these skills into practice through a professional experience in Canada! Get to know more about the program and its campus in Vancouver!

Our Business Essentials Program covers all sorts of sectors for your work experience from marketing and advertising to IT, including casual jobs in Hospitality, and placements are guaranteed! We are sure we can help you find your ideal internship in Canada!

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