What are you majoring in and why?
I am majoring in international business because I want to pursue an international career upon graduation. Having the ability to spend three semesters abroad was the main reason I decided to enroll in this study program at Avans University of Applied Sciences. Developing a global mindset is crucial in today’s business world, and I feel this can best be developed by partaking in professional environments around the globe.
Where did you intern at and for how long?
I did a business development internship at NewCold in Tacoma WA, due south of Seattle, for 5 months. I absolutely enjoyed every moment of living in the greater Seattle area. The combination of urban living and nature in the State of Washington is amazing. Where else can you skiing, swimming or visit national parks all within a 1.5-hour drive from a major city?
What did you learn throughout your internship?
My main assignment was to organize the NewCold Tacoma Grand Opening with a team of NewCold and Trident Seafoods, which has been a great learning experience.
I improved upon many skills by interning at NewCold, including business communication, Excel, planning & organizing, and of course business development.
However, I feel that the most significant aspect of this internship is learning how to behave within a professional international organization, which allowed me to cultivate my global mindset. I will be able to apply all gained experience and skills throughout my future professional career.
How did you experience working for NewCold?
NewCold has been very welcoming. It is therefore a pleasure to be a part of this innovative company. The NewCold Tacoma project is a true game changer for the frozen food industry in the USA, and I wish the Tacoma team the best of luck in their future endeavors.
I want to thank my company mentor, Jonas Swarttouw, for welcoming me with trust, and treating me as a member of the NewCold team since the day I started. This truly enabled me to make the most out of this internship.
Finally, I am grateful for the opportunities I have been afforded by NewCold in the USA, and I look forward to continuing business development support at NewCold headquarters over the summer!