Effective communication is the key to any business model, and is especially important in such a multicultural environment like Belgium.
Whether you’re a social media wizard with your eye on the latest digital trends, or a blossoming journalist, with information universally available now, for Communications interns the global audience is now well within your reach, and it’s served up nowhere better than Belgium.
With its business culture largely influenced by Dutch, German and French business structures and etiquette, students should expect the same of their communication styles. Many of the English-speaking companies at which interns will work are connected with the European Union, NATO, NGOs, which adds an extra layer of communications.
In a world inter-connected by all different types of media, the goal of reaching the right audience with the right message has never been more attainable.
Communications interns should be prepared to bring fresh ideas and passion for impactful digital content, to really make their host company stand out from the crowd and ensure that their clients have the best access to information.
Despite the country’s size, Belgium’s open economy punches far above its geographic weight, and businesses will expect interns to bring their critical awareness skills to contribute positively to personal interactions, business relationships and the mass dissemination of information through media outlets.
With a population of 90,000, 40,000 of which are students, there are few towns in Flanders that appeal to the imagination more than Leuven. Interns will be immersed in history, culture, architecture, gastronomy and modern science all at the same time. From the Gothic Town Hall and the Great Beguinage, to the student atmosphere of the Old Market Square and the home of Stella Artois, Leuven has it all. Irish College Leuven is within a short walking distance of all of these landmarks, and more!
Most people get around by bicycle (Fiets), foot or bus – the choice will be yours! Being such a small town, you can cover all of it by foot in a single day, which will allow you to treat yourself to one of Belgium’s sweet treats at the end of the day.
Leuven is also only 20 kilometers from Brussels, which is well connected to neighbouring countries Germany, The Netherlands, Luxembourg and France.
Speaking of food, Ireland wasn’t short of amazing places to eat and enjoy night life. I’ll never forget the evenings I spent watching performers dancing in pubs, streets and restaurants just to entertain us! The way the performers interacted with one another and the crowd really made for a genuine and friendly vibe in Ireland. I think about the six weeks I spent in Ireland almost everyday.
It has changed the aspirations I have in life and made my desires more meaningful. It is remarkable how big of an impact this country and program has had on me. I would not change it for a thing."
Airfare, materials for placement, visa, transport, mandatory health insurance, some meals and spending money aren’t included. Please budget accordingly.