About a Crossbridge internship
During the past few months, we had the pleasure to welcome Celine and Harris in our Crossbridge team. Unfortunately, their internships are over, but they wrote a blogpost to share their experiences with you!
Looking back on my internship at Crossbridge – Celine Junius
Being a student in Business Communications (which are very general studies), the path that I’ll take after my studies can go many different ways, which makes it quite blurry which one would suit me best. The past four months, I did an internship at Crossbridge. With their help, training and guidance, they gave me the opportunity to have a wonderful internship and to clear things out.
First of all, the tasks I carried out weren’t determined only by the company’s needs but also by the goals I wanted to reach as an intern. For me, this was learning in the field of HR, as well as learning about marketing. So they taught me everything I needed to know about talent attraction, coaching and the content of different functions on the one hand, and setting up a marketing plan, implementing branding actions and creating content on the other hand. Working in an environment where no question asked was too much, feedback came naturally and everybody carried a great passion for their job within them, inspired me a lot.
Another great learning school for me was getting to know the way businesses work. I experienced first hand how much Crossbridge lives by its 6 values and how important that is. Transparency being one of them, they were also very open about their business. I found it very interesting when Raf gave us insight in Crossbridge’s present situation as well as their business strategy for the coming years.
The most valuable thing they offered me, however, was discovering what I would like to do with my future. It never ceases to amaze me how talented the Crossbridgers are in coaching youngsters to find which job and company culture suits them. They did this for me as well and I even found my first job with their help, guidance and support!
The time, effort and thoughts the Crossbridgers spend on their interns, as well as the trust they give them and the way they value their initiative, is admirable. I couldn’t have wished for a better internship!
My Crossbridge Experience - Harris Van der Stighelen
I first came into contact with Crossbridge in my second year at university, via my student association Ekonomika. Back then, I was responsible for the practical organization of the Crossbridge workshops. I remember vividly the way Raf & Sofie presented about networking really triggered me to start building my own network and to explore my future career possibilities.
A few years later I heard that Crossbridge was looking for an intern in the marketing department. Based on the good connection I had with them, I applied for the internship (while being very stressed out). No moment have I regretted the decision I made back then. Although my presence at the office remained quite limited, I really enjoyed the way of working, the manner of handling things and especially the people themselves!
During my marketing internship, I’ve worked on developing a marketing strategy and plan for both Shortlist & Crossbridge. Through determining the journey that youngsters have to take before starting their first work experience, we try to reach youngsters in an optimal and relevant way and to guide them through the whole job application process. By organizing some quality conversation moments with different groups of youngsters, we try to start from their needs regarding taking steps towards the labor market, to learn which information they need in the process of finding their dream job.
As my internship recently came to an end, I certainly want to thank the whole Crossbridge team for the warm welcome! I could not have wished for a better place to have my first exposure to “the real working life”!