Laura, PR Intern, Lithuania

"I am extremely grateful for this opportunity, it was one of the best decisions of my life."

Laura, PR Intern, Lithuania

Sebastian, Light Designer, Poland

"I received a very good support. The colleagues helped me with everything."

Sebastian, Light Designer, Poland

Quentin, IT Specialist, France

"The best part was the culture. It is very interesting and beautiful."

Quentin, IT Specialist, France

Shane, Financial Assistant, UK

"I told to myself: Why not to apply, why not to have a beautiful experience?"

Shane, Financial Assistant, UK

Arba, Financial Analyst, Albanian studying in Austria

"I was involved in different types of tasks and I was trusted to execute them independently."

Arba, Financial Analyst, Albanian studying in Austria

Lucas, Startup Project Coordinator, Brazil

"I’m enjoying the work; it meets my professional and academic background."

Lucas, Startup Project Coordinator, Brazil

Keerthi, Mechanical Engineer, India

"I received more then i expected. Keep up the good work, Placement Slovakia."

Keerthi, Mechanical Engineer, India

Emanuel, Accountant Trainee, Portugal

"I put theory into practise and I got to know financial activity of a large company."

Emanuel, Accountant Trainee, Portugal

Vitor, Executive Assistant, Portugal

"Please come! Do not stay at home; rather travel, meet new people and explore Slovakia."

Vitor, Executive Assistant, Portugal

Daniel, Online Marketing Operator, Spain

"What will I miss the most? My job, probably."

Daniel, Online Marketing Operator, Spain

Miguel, Web Developer, Portugal

"I met amazing people and fall in love with a city that I did not even know few years ago."

Miguel, Web Developer, Portugal

Monica, Marketing trainee, Indian studying in Austria

"I am treated as full-time employee, which is great."

Monica, Marketing trainee, Indian studying in Austria

Vinay, Mechanical Engineer, Indian studying in Germany

"It is fun to learn new things; language and to explore new places."

Vinay, Mechanical Engineer, Indian studying in Germany

Pedro, Industrial Engineer, Portugal

"I am having a blast here!"

Pedro, Industrial Engineer, Portugal

Joao Pedro, Communication Assistant, Portugal

"My colleagues have become my friends. What can be better?"

Joao Pedro, Communication Assistant, Portugal

Pablo, Mechanical Engineer, Spain

"I like the travelling opportunities Bratislava offers."

Pablo, Mechanical Engineer, Spain

André Lagos, Project Coordinator assistant, Portugal.

“A few days after my arrival, I was already feeling like home”

André Lagos, Project Coordinator assistant, Portugal.

Tahmina Mumtaz, Junior SAP specialist, Pakistan

"I believe that this experience will enable me to follow my future endeavours in a defined way, and nourish me professionally.”

Tahmina Mumtaz, Junior SAP specialist, Pakistan

Meet Maxime, an IT engineering student from France, who did his Erasmus+ traineeship in Slovakia as a Junior web developer. Maxime spent 5 months in Slovakia and below you can read what he has to say about his traineeship experience.

1, How did your story first begin and why did you decide to take an Erasmus+ internship in Slovakia?

Working in an internship abroad is mandatory in my school and at first, I wanted to do one in Ireland because it was an English speaking country and I already liked the country after visiting there for a week a few years ago. However, after no answers from there I decided to look elsewhere, and I did find a link to the website of Placement Slovakia. After reading what the website was about, I was interested in what the companies were offering, and the support Placement Slovakia would provide so I applied for several of the internships.
 
2, Can you tell what responsibilities the company gave you at work?

I was tasked with the development of different modules and a I also participated in the creation of a website.
 
3, What skills did you improve the most during your traineeship?
 
The skills I improved the most were all related to development with for example PHP, JavaScript or jQuery. But I also learned how to be a better programmer and I improved my skills in English.

4, What were your expectations and were they met?

I was afraid of being not welcome or left alone in the company, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that I was wrong. I felt welcome when I first started working there and my boss was always there when I had a problem.
 
5, Were there any tasks given to you that you had no idea how to complete? If so, how did you solve it?

There were a few tasks I had difficulty to complete but after seeking help from my boss and looking through documentation I could solve my problems.
 
6, How did you find out about our programme and how would you evaluate our assistance provided during your period here?

I first learned about the programme thanks to an email from one of my school professors. I really liked the help the and assistance Placement Slovakia provided, either before the internship started or during when we had problem with the flat.

7, Do you have any suggestions or improvements to our placement programme?

Not really, I don’t have any complain about the placement programme, so I don’t really have suggestions.
 
8, What do you think of the life-style in Slovakia?

It’s honestly a pretty nice place to live. I’m not fond of living in big city but I found that Bratislava was nice place to live in.

9, What did you find as the most different from your usual environment, country? Was there any culture shock?
 
Beside the weather and language there were not much “shocking” differences between Slovakia and France.

10, What did you like the best here in Slovakia?
 
The food here is very nice, I had the opportunity to eat at a restaurant and I truly liked what there was to try.

11, Did you have any work or social difficulties during your stay in Slovakia? If so, how did you solve them?

The biggest social difficulty I had was when it came to the language. Some people don’t or talk very little English, so it was sometimes hard to make myself understood. The easiest way to solve that were to either try speaking to someone else or make myself understand with some translations on my phone.

12, Did you have enough time to travel and explore Slovakia and neighbouring countries? Which places did you visit and what left the biggest impact on you?

While in Slovakia I stayed mostly in Bratislava, but I did visit Prague and the biggest thing that I remember from that trip was the common things the 2 countries shared with each other, especially the language.
 
13, Which moment of your stay in Slovakia has been the most memorable for you?

I think it’s when it started to snow. I don’t see much of it where I live in France so seeing so much was really surprising.
 
14, What are your future plans after finishing the internship?

After the internship I will come back to France to my year and half of studies and after that I will quit being a student and start to work for real.
 
15, Is there anything you would like to say to students still deciding whether or not to do an internship in Slovakia?

That they should really come here. I was in contact with my classmates also doing internship in different foreign countries and from their feedback, I realised that coming here was the best choice I could have made.

Have a nice read about Maxime's traineeship in Slovakia.