Carmen Kromhout – Testimonial

My name is Carmen Kromhout (20), I’m from The Netherlands and I’m currently pursuing my Bachelor in International Communication and Media at Erasmus University, Rotterdam.

SOLS 24/7 Malaysia was my first internship. Ever. And to be completely truthful, I didn’t expect to have learnt as much as I have in the past 3.5 months!

Doing an internship is all about emerging yourself into a potential career direction, get a taste, and see if you like it. It’s only when you fully emerge yourself into an experience, is when you’ll most likely get out the most of it.

I started out as a public relations and events intern, however, I was moved to social media within the time span of 1 month of my internship. I was very fortunate with this change of position, because I got a taste of two things within my field of studies.

Being administrator for the main SOLS 24/7 Malaysia Facebook page, I worked independently on creating content and posting. The trust in me that my manager showed really stimulated me to become independent in my work ethic. If I look back over the past 3.5 months, I think that the overarching learning point of all the things I experienced interning at SOLS 24/7 Malaysia is that I learnt to think for myself. Being able to do something yourself (I’m not going to lie, of course with a little help!) and being recognised for it feels really great.

The people that work at the office are kind-hearted. Since everyone is working towards a similar cause: changing lives (potentially the world) through education. Due to this existing similar mind set, the office truly exudes what SOLS 24/7 Malaysia stands for in society.

I absolutely loved meeting the CDO’s from the field it’s great to physically see the changes that SOLS 24/7 Malaysia is making outside of the 1 Petaling walls! Despite the fact that I spent most of my hours in the office, I’m lucky to have had the opportunity to actually see one of the community centres outside of 1 Petaling. This makes the experience of working for SOLS 24/7 Malaysia so much more real.

You can tell through meeting these individuals, CDO’s, that they are very influential within their communities. I loved to witness how they were dying to get back to their centre after spending a couple days in the office! Truly shows how dedicated they are to their field.

The atmosphere is easy breezy. There is some really inspiring people to meet and if you really take your time to sit down with them, you’ll figure it out for yourself!

Having lived in an international environment before, the multicultural dynamic felt like home to me. So if you’re a third-culture kid and are looking for a place to intern, I suggest you apply for SOLS 24/7 Malaysia!

Nationality: Dutch
University: Erasmus University Rotterdam
Placement: April 2015 – July 2015
Department: Communications