Alumni Spotlight: Christiaan Breur


Why did you decide to intern abroad with InternshipDesk in India?

I chose InternshipDesk because I knew that I wanted to go abroad but I also needed work experience. This for me was the perfect fit because I did not want to study abroad while I am in college. India seemed like a great place to go because of their rapidly growing economy and the new opportunities that present themselves daily. I knew that if I went I would learn a lot about business as well as a different culture and how things are done differently on that side of the world.

What made this intern abroad experience unique and special?

Everything about this internship was great and I have so many memories from that summer. Not only do you see new things and sight but you also meet amazing people, many of which I have kept in contact with since leaving. I also got to trek in the Himalayas multiple times which was probably my favorite part of the trip.

How has this experience impacted your future?

This experience has given me new insight into how different things can be within a business. There are very few things that can be standard all over the world so you must adapt to the market. This has given me experience with a new market and challenged me by putting me out of my comfort zone working at Aviva.

My one piece of advice to anyone who is thinking about interning in India would be to go into it with an open mind and be willing to do things out of your comfort zone. I think if you do this it will help you to get the most out of the experience.