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Good things come to those who work hard and never give up. I have had the pleasure of experiencing this first-hand.

On the 26th of January I started as an Erasmus Intern here at Spring. I put in a great deal of effort to get to this point, but I am so glad I did as it has already proven to be worth it. I am doing this internship in connection with my studies of Graphical and Digital Media in Ghent, Belgium, where I major in cross media management. My course has given me a good overview and basic knowledge of many aspects related to graphic design and I am now at Spring for a total of 20 weeks to put my knowledge into practice and expand my skill set.

Erasmus is a European student exchange program named after Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam, who lived and worked all over Europe to gain insights and expand his knowledge. The new Erasmus+ programme, under which I have been granted a scholarship, allows me to travel to any European destination in accordance with the scheme to study or train. I chose an Erasmus internship for the entire second term to give me as much work experience as possible.

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I had to undergo several steps to be eligible for the programme, such as writing motivation letters and getting them approved. In total I approached about 100 companies in the hope of obtaining some interviews. I had first decided to go to New Zealand, but I wasn’t getting very far there so I started to contact agencies in the UK, of which Spring was one. When a Kiwi finally gave me an interview, it was too late. That morning I had Skyped some Springers and they had offered me a placement twenty minutes later. I was over the moon about this; all my hard work had paid off. I had contacted Spring with good reason and was delighted to accept this potentially life-changing placement.

Arranging accommodation and getting here took a lot of effort too, but when I finally got to Spring, I was warmly welcomed by everyone. They swiftly got me immersed into the work life at Spring and I couldn’t help but enjoy being here. I made friends very quickly and before long I was fitting in well. I now have that feeling that I’ll never want to leave. I will never forget the rewards that can come from working hard and never giving up.

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