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Ondřej Kolman, University of West Bohemia, ročník 3

Faculty Faculty of applied science
Field of study Information systems
Field of internship Computer and Information Sciences
Specialization of InternshipManagement Information Systems, General
Internship period (from - to) 4.4.2016 - 3.10.2016
Internship duration (weeks) 26
Transport (means, price) Airplane to Charleroi (67€) and then bus to Brussels (14€)
Insurance/Insurance company AXA
Visa/Work permit (yes/no) no
Price of Visa 0
City of Internship Zobrazit místo na mapě  Belgium, Brussels
Internship reference number BE-2015-052VUB

About the country

Location of the place

Belgium is a flat country between France and Germany.

City

Brussels is not most beautiful city compare to the other cities in Belgium. City center is full of tourists all day (even during a night). Every few blocks you can find some old statue and at least small park. Some parts of the city are quite old and you can see the beautiful architecture of the past time. Of course if you will visit European district you will be amazed with all new buildings and skyscrapers.

Surroundings (possible trips, ...)

Less than hour by train from Brussels you can visit Brugge, Antwerp or Gent. It's impossible to describe how beautiful these cities are. You have to go there and see it with your own eyes. If you are lucky you can swim in Nord see or rent a board and try surfing.

Employer

Employer

NATO - really big "company" with real multicultural environment.

Work description

I was working on one project linked to HQ moving to new building. Our department was responsible for testing all applications after migration on new environment. My job was to analyse how can we invite 20% of users to test applications and how to track that we didn't forget about any application. After analysis I had to implement every possible scenario. We used MS access as our database with tons of business logic based on VBA.

Salary (sufficient for local conditions?)

Brussels is city with really high cost of living. If you want to travel around Belgium or if you want to go for party/BBQ sometimes 800€ is not enough.

Language requirements

English or French on advanced level.

Accommodation (price, who provided it)

400€ for two small rooms (one office and small bedroom), shared bathroom and kitchen with other 4 people on my floor.
I found it on Internet.

Social life

Meeting IAESTE members (pick-up at the airport, organised events...)

First time I met some IAESTE Brussels member was after one month when they organised BBQ on university campus.
I think they organised some events but I never join them because in work was around 40 interns so we made our own program.

Meeting other foreign students

Around 40 other interns in work

Sport and culture

During summer is in Brussels few sport and a lot cultural events.

Food, local specialties

Belgian fries (very similar to french fries), waffles and chocolate. And of course a beers, some are amazing and some are disgusting but you need to try them all.

Other information

Possibilites to communicate with the Czech Republic

I buy a local provider sim card with internet (lycamobile - 10€/month with 3GB) so I was still online on whatsapp and skype

Recommendations for students who will go to the same place

Spend some time to look for good accommodation, don't do it week before your internship start

What not to forget with you

Enough money for first month

Benefits of the internship

I improve my English level and meet a lot of new people from all over the world

Cooperation with IAESTE in the foreign country

Almost none, I need to force them to help me find an accommodation.

Overall experience with IAESTE

Really good

Student's website

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Employer's webiste

nato.int

Other useful links

lycamobile.be; stib.be; villo.be

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