Samira H. (Intern, Swiss, 2017)

Samira H.
Internship Program: Unpaid Internship
Company/Type: SUiTO Fukuoka
Nationality: Swiss

We are proud to introduce a new intern today! Samira from Switzerland tells us about her experiences at SUiTO Fukuoka.

Why did you choose Asahi Nihongo?
The organisation I went to Japan with is a partner of Asahi Nihongo.

Why did you pick this internship?
I wanted to do an internship at a company that specialises in organising cultural events. That is why I thought SUiTO is the right place.

What were your tasks?
Besides the daily office work, I translated many texts from Japanese to English as well as from English to German or French. I also assisted the SUiTO staff when they were holding events. In addition, I wrote posts about our events on our social media sites as well as an entry for our blog. SUiTO wanted to find out, which events are popular with the students of the Japanese schools, so I helped to conduct a survey. At last, I organised my own event, Swiss Easter. At this event I showed the participants how you celebrate Easter in Switzerland and Germany.

Were there any (cultural) problems you had to overcome during your internship?
There were some problems with the Japanese language, but my colleagues always helped me when there was anything I did not understand.

What did you like the most about your internship?
I really liked the working atmosphere due to my nice colleagues.

And how do you like Fukuoka?
The thing I like about Fukuoka the most are the friendly people. They are not so stressed and like to talk to foreigners. This is good for practicing Japanese. Furthermore, I like the warm climate and good food in Fukuoka.

Do you have any tips or recommendations for people who might want to do an internship?
It is always good to have basic knowledge of the Japanese language, so you can communicate with your colleagues. Moreover, you should inform yourself about Japanese culture and customs in advance and try to adapt to the Japanese working atmosphere.

Program: Unpaid Internship 

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