My name is Ewelina Reczulska and a student of Applied Linguistics at the University of Warsaw. When I came to Valencia, I had already had a one -year experience as an Erasmus student in Spain. Like every Erasmus student I spent hours waiting in a queue to the International Relations Office. Every time I needed something I always received there such a nice welcome and I was amazed at the great atmosphere that created all the different nationalities. So, when I decided to do an internship, I knew it should be that place and of course in Spain!
As I have two weeks left of my training, it’s a good moment to share my experience as in intern at the International Relations Office of Cardenal Herrera CEU University.
During these three months, I was assigned different and interesting tasks, such as translations of articles for different departments of the University, writing articles to the blog or looking for student work placements and internships in UK. The last one was pretty challenging for me because, firstly, I had to contend with the British accent, and secondly, I had to learn how to be persuasive and trustworthy by phone. I also completed administrative duties such as answering phones and e-mails, filing, preparing the necessary documents and other administrative tasks.
However, my work was mainly focused on management of the Erasmus program. I was preparing documentation, helping students with their inquiries on study abroad opportunities, contacting the universities abroad, assisting in solving student’s problems. I have to admit that the contact with international students was the most enjoyable part of my duties. It was very interesting experience since this work allowed me to understand administrative proceedings in other countries.
Also, I think I was lucky because I worked with people who, from the beginning, trusted me and from the first days included me into group. Everybody was very helpful and made me feel welcome and at no time I felt alone or isolated. The atmosphere at the office always has been friendly. Everyone gets together, has fun and laugh but also works hard. I´ve learnt many practical skills from my colleagues that will help me in my future career.
During my free time, I managed to squeeze in some local culture such as eating authentic tapas and paella, drinking sangria, visiting places around Valencia. Although I suffered a little bit from the Spain’s summer heat, I’m happy to having spent these 3 months here since I could enjoy the beautiful beaches on the Valencian Coast.
In conclusion, I am happy and proud of my experience at University CEU Cardenal Herrera. For those who are reading my article and thinking of doing an internship as mine, I definitely recommend you this place!