Originally, from Quebec City, Canada, I joined NTNU University Museum as an intern in communication early this September.
At the beginning of September, I had the chance to become a member of NTNU’s inspiring community, starting work as an intern in communication at the NTNU University Museum under my supervisor, the Museum’s Head of Communication Tove Eivindsen. This internship is one of three mandatory internships of my Bachelor’s degree in Communication & Marketing at Sherbrooke University, in Quebec, Canada. During my three-month stay in Norway, I will be concentrating on research communication, focused on biology. Promoting the museum’s research is part of my responsibility for the next months, and I have already had the chance to participate in a few field trips, which I have really enjoyed! I feel like part of the biology teams, even if I do not have the same academic background. It is also an incredible opportunity for me to learn more about various biological topics and to have exceptional experiences. I am looking forward to joining other teams in field trips in the upcoming weeks. So far, my work includes editing promotional videos, analyzing exhibitions and producing various communication materials.
Norway: My Long-Standing Project
On my first trip to Norway in 2013, it was obvious to me that Norwegian society had unique environmental, societal and economic values and practices that should be considered as models for several countries around the world. Known for its exceptional quality of life, Norway also stands out by adopting a lifestyle based on simplicity and respect for nature. Such values undoubtedly have a significant impact on communication with the Norwegian public, and as such I’ve been planning to come back and complete part of my studies here since 2013. I’d like to discover new communication techniques from which it would be possible to draw inspiration and put to use in Canada. Four years later, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to realize my first internship abroad in Norway, which is obviously a perfect tourist destination, with its breathtaking landscapes and majestic scenery.
The Key for Quick Integration: Getting Involved
Fortunately, my integration into Norway’s professional and social environment didn’t take long at all. As soon as I arrived, I was given The Social Guidebook to Norway, written by Julien S. Bourrelle. This brilliant book contains many tips to help a non-Norwegian integrate into social life here in Norway. One of Julian’s first tips is to join a social group or club and to get involved in the community. Since I wanted to make the most of my short experience in Trondheim, I joined a running club in the first couple of weeks and took as many opportunities as possible to try new activities. Thanks to Julian, I’ve met people from all around the world, with whom I share the same passion and interests. Furthermore, I have the chance to work at the Department of Natural History, amongst a plethora of international students, which makes for a great work environment. Trondheim is a culturally rich city with many activities facilitating gatherings and meetings between people. You only have to grab these opportunities!
A Return for Graduate Studies?
I have not yet left Norway and I am already thinking of coming back in a few years for a Master’s degree. There are excellent opportunities regarding Master’s projects offered here in Norway. Since I have loved my experience at NTNU University Museum so far, and still have so much to discover about this beautiful country, I am convinced it would be another great experience to return for longer studies.