Hello hello,

So you've entered (or will be entering) your last year of higher education. Depending on the type of bachelor or master you chose, you will need to do an internship. Opted for a professional bachelor (like moi)? Well, welcome in the wonderful world of intercultural communication, deadlines and a lot of scanning.

Step 0

If you live in the EU, apply for an erasmus grant. You can do this regardless of having an internship place or not.

Step 1

If your school is nice enough and truly encourages an internship abroad, they will have a list of their partner institutions on your school's platform. If you can't find it, ask your international office if they can provide you with such a list.

If they do not have such a list, are unwilling to give it to you or if the companies listed don't interest you, your job just became a tad bit more difficult. You will need to check the history of the company to see if they have had interns in the past. The chances of them wanting to train an intern is larger when they have done so in the past, otherwise you'd better be able to sell yourself as the best, most flexible student ever.

Step 2

Contact the company you want to work for. If you're not sure who to contact, scan their site and look for the general HR email address. They will often forward your mail to the department interested in interns or they will handle it themselves. In this first email, you need to gain information on whether or not they want and intern for a specific period of time.

Step 3

Polish your CV and write a killer motivation letter. By now you should know how to write your CV and a motivation letter, let your common sense do the work. If you do want tips on how to create an international CV and motivation letter, please let me know in the comments.

Step 4

Keep in touch with the company on a regular basis if they have agreed to take you on.
Inform your school of your internship place as well, that way they can help guide you through the specific proces of your new adventure.

Step 5

Wait on your school's instructions before you do anything else. The year you do your internship, a roadbook will (or should) be provided for you. Follow these steps and mark the deadlines in your diary asap.

See you soon!

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A common question for those who have a monochrome wardrobe or wear a lot of black. I used to answer with 'black is a colour' or 'my scarf has colour in it', but recently I just don't find myself looking for excuses as to why I don't wear a lot of colour. It's just my style and it's what I like.

It has taken me, well, all my life to find something that I feel a 100% comfortable with. Okay, 80%, let's not get cocky. And I do like colour, don't get me wrong. I loove colour, on other people. I admire people who have colourful wardrobes and always look stylish as f*ck. I'm not like that, I need to be able to pick up 2 items from my closet and have them work together.

So, after 3 years of morning stress I threw out practically my entire closet. I only kept the things I wear regularly, which were black jeans, black shirts and tops and jumpers... Needless to say, I was left with nothing. So I had to buy some new things, mostly layering items so I can use them in the Summer and Winter (because cheapskate, right here). But I did expand my colour palette; I now own black, white, grey and khaki items and everything matches. It's a dream come true for the anxious, indecisive souls...

I can now proudly say that I have a capsule wardrobe; everything matches, I can get dressed in 5 minutes and I can easily go from day to night with the addition of a little bit of sparkle or a blazer. Want to know how to build your own capsule wardrobe and live stress-free (at least when it comes to your clothes)? Leave a comment down below.

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Being in my last year of university/college, we're expected to intern somewhere, either in Belgium or abroad. I chose the latter. I'm all for gaining new experiences and discovering new places, so this should be one hell of a ride.

I'm going to be doing my internship at the University of Buckingham. And I'm as giddy as a child on Christmas morning. Sadly, I still have some things to do before I can actually start my internship. But I have faith that it'll all work out wonderfully.

I will be sharing all of the steps I undertake. Like how I obtained my internship, finding housing, cost of living, living with roommates (note: I live alone now, it's going to be strange), discovering Buckingham and England in general. So if there's anything you would like to know or read about, let me know in the comments down below.

PS. There will be photo's in future posts

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