Meet Joost Bakker – AIS intern from the Netherlands

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Auckland Institute of Studies (AIS) offers internship programmes for different young individuals in the world to come and work three months at the Institute. This year we welcome Joost Bakker from the Netherlands. We sat down to talk to him about the programme.


Can you introduce yourself?

Joost Bakker – AIS intern from the Netherlands

My name is Joost Bakker, I’m 19 years old and I am from the Netherlands. No, not Amsterdam… As this is the first question everybody asks me when I tell them I’m from the Netherlands. I’m living in the South-West of the Netherlands in a state called ‘Zeeland’. You may be thinking: “that sounds similar to New Zealand…” and you’re right. The country New Zealand was discovered by Dutch Explorer Abel Tasman, and named it after Zeeland. I’m studying a Bachelor of Business Administration at HZ University of Applied Sciences in Vlissingen and I’m in my third year right now.

Joost lives in the South-West of the Netherlands in a state called ‘Zeeland’. Photo by Joost Bakker.

How did you make the decision to come to NZ and do an internship at AIS?

I’ve always wanted to come to New Zealand because it is known as ‘probably the most beautiful country in the world’ back home. I’ve been here just a few weeks now, but Auckland has already met my high expectations so far and this gives me hope that the rest of the country will do the same! Also, I would like to improve my English language skills, and the fact that you can’t get any further away from the Netherlands than New Zealand is also very cool, of course.

New Zealand is known as ‘probably the most beautiful country in the world’ in the Netherlands. Photo by Joost Bakker

I found the internship via an organisation called New Zealand Internships, an organisation that helps students to find the perfect internship company. This was really helpful, they arrange your internship in a relatively short time and they also help you getting through the whole process of applying and so on.

What do you expect to learn from this internship programme?

I expect that this internship will give me an amazing experience working with professionals within a professional organisation. And because AIS is so diverse, I  will learn more about working with people from different cultures and with different backgrounds. Furthermore, I hope to learn to apply the theoretical knowledge I’ve gained during my study in a real world case, to be a bit valuable for AIS too. And as I stated before, I hope to improve my English communication skills.

Joost wants to learn more about working with people from different cultures and with different backgrounds in New Zealand.

Have you traveled much of NZ? What things do you have planned?

I have not travelled much in New Zealand yet, but I’m definitely planning to do so. I will be doing trips in the weekends to the most beautiful places (beaches, tracks, mountains and so on) in the North Island while I am here for my internship. After my internship, I will be traveling for three weeks around the South Island with a friend of mine. There are so many gorgeous places in this country and I like photography, so I am and will be busy filling my memory cards in my free time for the coming months! I am sure this will be an unforgettable experience!

Waitakere Ranges, Auckland, New Zealand

Any advice for AIS students looking to follow a path like yours?

Just go for it. It may seem like a lot of work to arrange everything, but the good thing is that you already learn from this. Moreover, the things you will learn, see and experience during your internship, and also the life around it, will greatly pay off the effort you have made for it. Don’t worry too much, there are kind and helpful people everywhere, and in the end you will definitely regret it if you pass this opportunity up.

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