See below what our students have to say about their three-month internships experiences as ERASMUS students.
Timea Toth, 3rd year student
“My Summer Erasmus Internship took place in London (UK), where I have worked at a Behavior Change Consultancy Charity called Global Action Plan.
Global Action Plan (GAP) is an NGO that implements behavior change interventions on a worldwide scale with the focus of bringing about positive change when it comes to sustainability. The two major projects that I have worked on were: Active Travel and Walthamstow Pharmacists – both of which fit under the Cleaner Air portfolio. I had the honor to work with Dr. David James McElroy, who was also my personal development coach during this experience. My main responsibilities included report writing, data analysis, intervention innovation identification and face-to-face communication with health professionals in two major NHS Barts Health Hospitals (Whipps Cross Hospital, Newham University Hospital) and 10 pharmacy managers in the North-East London area. Three major learnings that I brought back home were as follows:
1. Actions say more than a pretty CV page.
2. The level of adaptability to unknown situations depends on the level of open-mindedness of a person.
3. The grass may be greener on the other side, but you have your own grass that needs attention.”
Timea was so inspired by her ERASMUS experience, that she also wrote a poem about it.
All about Erasmus
I thought I was ready for an Erasmus when I applied,
I thought I was ready for it when the plane was about to fly,
Into a different country…a capital,
London, my dream city since I was little.
So I arrived ready to face the challenges,
Eager to learn new things and turn them into advantages,
Oh challenges were thrown at me a dozen at a time,
From how to navigate the tube system…to how to live on no more than a dime.
From how to speak with a British accent, to how to be more independent,
From how to deconstruct stereotypes, to me-myself be more accepting.
Working at Global Action Plan to bring about change,
When I was the one changing, ideas flying out of a cage,
And we talked about COMMS and KPI logs, so I googled all the words,
‘Cause London’s not that far away, but it’s a whole different world.
So when opportunities are thrown at you don’t be afraid
To throw yourself into the unknown even though you’re not getting paid,
And when they marvel at your language skills tell them ‘I’m from Romania!’
If you’re asked ‘ What’s your country like?’ say ‘Nothing like shown in the media!’
Now I hope you guys are comfortable and ready to listen,
‘Cause you call it Erasmus, but I call it Life Lesson!
Carolina E. Ivanciuc, 2nd year student
“I was given the opportunity to work at the University of Southern Denmark in Esbjerg, at the center of Health Promotion. I worked on a project which aimed to reduce alcohol consumption among young students. The approach was based on a social norms intervention which reinforces positive messages. My input in this project consisted of data analysis, writing reports and an overview and also editing and updating the university’s website.
Although my experience wasn’t exactly what I expected it to be, I got the chance to discover a new culture, to learn new things not only on a professional level but also on a personal level. I think that what any student who is about to have an Erasmus scholarship must know is that you shouldn’t have expectations and just enjoy the surprises that will come along your journey. Furthermore, if the idea of living in a foreign country for 3 months is not already appealing enough, working at an institution abroad will look great on your CV!”
Bianca Rusu, 2nd year student
“During my 3-month Internship in Heidelberg, Germany, I had the chance to work with a group of professionals from the Center for Research in Psychotherapy who introduced me in a field which was an almost absolute novelty for me at that point. I worked on a Systematic Literature Review and the team provided me with constant support making me feel comfortable with the topic and confident in the quality of my work. The environment was surprisingly relaxed and stress-free which made my stay there feel like a very active and fruitful holiday.
All in all, my Erasmus meant way more than the Internship itself. It was by far the most productive period of my life. It was about growth from a professional stand point, but definitely eye-opening from a personal perspective.
It taught me about people, about their cultures and lifestyles, and it gave me the chance to live in a city where I could see and feel how well designed, and appropriately enforced public health policies can make peoples’ lives easier and far more enjoyable. This experience helped me embrace my identity, making me eager to bring home models which proved effective there and have the potential to positively impact my community.”