We are proud to introduce our first Student of the Month: 20-year old Austrian student Julia Haller! She wrote us an inspiring letter about her internship at a London hotel. 

Photo: Julia Haller

Photo: Julia Haller

I had never been to London when I heard about the Internship Programme - doing an internship and visiting a popular city at the same time? I couldn’t resist the opportunity. 

My name is Julia and I live in Rankweil, a small town in Vorarlberg in western Austria, a country known for its mountainous landscape and the Vienna Opera Ball. After college, where I am studying business, I like to go longboarding with my friends in the region around Lake Constance. In June, I graduated from HAK Feldkirch, a Secondary Vocational Business College, where I had studied for five years.  

My two weeks in London were full of experiences - mostly good ones. I got to know my generous and caring host mother. I managed to find my way to work(!), which was something I worried about ahead of the trip. On top of that, my colleagues at work were not only friendly and helpful, but also treated me as a part of their team. 

I worked in the finance department of a hotel near Heathrow Airport. During my time there, I dealt with account payables and receivables as well as did research for the management. Working alongside my colleagues was so enjoyable, because for them teamwork was not just a word - they really meant it. Also, their communication style was quite relaxed, which created a nice atmosphere in the office.  

One of the most stunning facts about London is that nine million people live there - the same as all of Austria. This makes it a vibrant metropolis, full of culture. The trip enabled me to get to know “the real London” - a multicultural city full of special places off the beaten tourist track. But speaking English in real life situations was the most exciting part, because it greatly improved my skills. 

One of the things that made an impression on me was that people in London are very helpful. For example, when it comes to public transport, everyone is happy to guide you in the right direction. While the Austrian trains and buses are often crowded with loud passengers, the British keep to themselves by reading a newspaper. It made my journeys much more pleasant! 

In October I will start studying chemistry at the University of Vienna. But maybe I will come back to London for an internship in the future, as you never stop learning.

Julia visited London through our Internship Programme, a project eligible for EU funding. Don't hesitate to contact us if you would like more information about what we do and how to get funding. Call a Country Manager today on +44 2084249424 or send us a message.