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Kateřina Seidlová, Brno University of Technology, ročník 2

Faculty Faculty of Chemistry
Field of study Food Science
Field of internship Physical Sciences, Other
Specialization of InternshipAnalytical Chemistry
Internship period (from - to) 12.6.2017 - 21.7.2017
Internship duration (weeks) 6
Transport (means, price) bus, 250 CZK per journey
Insurance/Insurance company VZP
Visa/Work permit (yes/no) no
Price of Visa -
City of Internship Zobrazit místo na mapě  Poland, Cracow
Internship reference number PL-2017-PKR012

About the country

Location of the place

Cracow is located in the south-east of Poland.
My work place was located near the city centre next to the main train station and big shopping centre.

City

Cracow is a very beautiful and historical city. There are loads of places to go to both during the day and night.
The city is also very close to the nature as it's filled with parks.
For the transport one can either use public transport that is sufficient in the city or very favourite option is to rent a bike.

Surroundings (possible trips, ...)

Around Cracow there are many places to go to such as:
- Concetration Camp
- Salt mines
- Zakopane - a town in Tatra mountains, good place for hiking
- Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw
- even Prague or Viena as they're not that far away

Employer

Employer

I was employed at the Cracow University of Technology Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology Department of Biotechnology and Physical Chemistry.
I was at a lab of doctor Kurek assisting to Marcin Pietrowski.

Work description

I was assisting with gas chromatography and voltametry.

Salary (sufficient for local conditions?)

My salary was sufficient, I could save some money for trips.
Salary was actually the only problem I had in Cracow, as no-one at the Faculty knew how to give me the money, so I had to wait until the very end of the internship to get all of my money. Luckily I had my own money but if I was depending on this salary it would be really uncomfortable. I think it would be good if you could make sure that the employer knows how to pay you.

Language requirements

In the job description I was required to speak English but as not everyone spoke English at the university I had to use my little knowledge of Polish language. Also generally in Poland people don't really speak English so it's good to learn some basic senteces in advance.

Accommodation (price, who provided it)

The accomodation cost 400 PLN per month and it was a dormitory of the Cracow University of Technology.

Social life

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

Polish IAESTE members were really nice, they were always there to help me. I got picked up from the bus station and shown around the city.
There were some oraganised events that very really nice. Only there could be more of those.
I really appreciated when they organised for us a trip to Zakopane.

Meeting other foreign students

At the dorms there were several other trainees staying so we became friends and had a lot of fun together.
Also we had organised parties together with IAESTE AGH so I got to meet so many other people from the whole world.

Sport and culture

Cracow is a very active city, everyone is running by the river or cycling and so on. Especially during summer everyone was at the parks doing most of the nice weather.

Culturally, Cracow has also so much to offer. There are many museums in the Jewish district, aslo there is a National Gallery where I got to see the famous painting Lady with an Ermine. There is also a museum of Japanese art.

Food, local specialties

I had really great time eating in Cracow. There are many traditional restaurants making for example pirogi.
For some reason Italien cuisine is very popular in Cracow so there are many places with delicios pasta and pizza.

Other information

Possibilites to communicate with the Czech Republic

I didn't even had a need to communicate with Czech IAESTE.

Recommendations for students who will go to the same place

Learn as much of basic Polish as possible in advance. In dorms, shops etc. people don't usually speak English.
Donwload an app for the public transport - Jakdojade.

What not to forget with you

Poland is quite cheap country so it's not a problem to buy forgotten thing.
Maybe just don't forget some sporty shoes and clothes because it would be shame not to go to Tatra mountains.

Benefits of the internship

I enjoyed living in a foreign country on my own for the first time, meeting amazing people that I would never get to meet otherwise.
Also working at the university gave me a great insight into the science field.
Plus I got to work with a gas chromatograph.

Cooperation with IAESTE in the foreign country

They were really helpful.

Overall experience with IAESTE

I enjoyed beeig an IAESTE trainee. I got confused sometimes by the requirements but they always were there to help me out.

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