GoAbroad Interview

Dovile Berniunaite - Sales & Marketing Manager

Dovile Berniunaite - Sales & Marketing Manager

Dovile is the Sales and Marketing manager for New Zealand Internships. She’s originally come from Lithuania, but after graduating high-school moved to The Netherlands in order to study international tourism management. Dovile loves visiting new places and travels whenever she gets the chance. She have been to many beautiful places in Sweden, Estonia, England, Portugal, Belgium, Switzerland, France, Spain, and of course New Zealand.

What is your background in international education and international internships?

First of all, I moved to The Netherlands to complete my bachelor degree in International Tourism Management. I have managed to gain a lot of international education experience because my coursework was focused on international hospitality. With my studies I got the chance to intern in France for seven months. It was an amazing experience where I improved my hospitality, communication, management, and French language skills.

Emerald lakes at Tongariro Alpine Crossing in New Zealand

Wonderful Emerald Lakes at Tongariro Alpine Crossing in New Zealand.

How did you get connected to New Zealand Internships?

It was a bit of a coincidence actually. As luck would have it, my previous teacher had met Marcel of New Zealand Internships during one of the fairs in Europe. Since my teacher knew that it was a total dream of mine to move to New Zealand, she forwarded the contact details on to me. We had couple of meetings and now I’m here!

What does an average day look like as the Sales and Marketing Manager?

 A regular day for me involves a lot of communication with interns: answering questions, advising, helping with profiles and being contact with partners. I also am in charge of giving the personal orientation we give all interns upon arrival in New Zealand.

What makes the New Zealand Internships’ programs different from those offered by other internship providers?

Our program is unique because we search for the most suitable internship for a candidate and not another way around. This means that all our internships are personally tailored and focused on making sure the intern gets the best possible match. Another huge feature of our programs is that we not only take care of all the internship arrangements, but we also help our interns meet other interns. The in-house trips and activities organized by us are heaps of fun and enable interns to explore beautiful New Zealand while making life-long friends.

Hiking in the Tatra Mountains in Slovakia

A day hike in Tatra Mountains in Slovakia, Europe.

Internships abroad often change a participant’s view of the world. How do you make sure students who apply are ready for these life-changing experiences? Do you have any kind of pre-departure orientation programming?

Our goal is to make sure that the preparation for the arrival to New Zealand is as stress-free as possible. We ensure our interns follow specific steps for their preparation, so by the time the day of their departure finally comes our intern knows that everything is arranged and that there is nothing to worry about. In addition, we provide an orientation upon arrival for all our interns during which we give practical information, tricks and advice on New Zealand, and how to make the most of your time here. 

What is the most commonly asked question you receive from potential participants? What is your response?

I’m often asked if it is required to be a student in order to join our program. My answer is: “Of course not! We would love to take you on board if you are keen to gain some valuable work experience, have fun, and explore the beauty of New Zealand.”

What is the best advice you can give prospective interns who are interested in applying to a New Zealand Internships program?

       1.    Be hungry for new experiences because that is what keeps you going.

       2.    Trust us and our service - because we will help your dreams become reality! 

       3.    Be fast in answering your emails because it immediately gives positive impression about you (a tip to use in your professional life also!).

What types of excursions or other activities are offered for interns outside of their internship placement?

We love to keep our interns busy after their work and during the weekends, and understand that there is much more to an internship abroad than things solely work related. That is why we organize social activities, such as bowling, dinners, and movie nights, during the weekdays. By the weekend, everyone is excited to hit the road. With a large, awesome group of interns and other young people, we are ready to discover New Zealand and create memories.

Cathedral Cove in the Coromandel Peninsula of New Zealand

One of New Zealand’s most popular postcard images – the famous Cathedral Cove in Coromandel Peninsula.

What is your favorite part about working for New Zealand Internships?

The best part is that I have the chance to meet so many people who come to New Zealand with their incredibly positive attitude - all ready to have an experience of a lifetime. As well as this, it always puts a smile on my face when an intern writes an email/calls or places feedback to thank us for such an awesome time in New Zealand.