This week marks the beginning of the end for my internship here in the Netherlands at Philips. I guess one could say the end was the next milestone after the beginning, but the time has gone by very fast. It seems like just yesterday I was learning my way around Eindhoven and my office at Philips. I found some directions I had printed the first week I was here to get to a bar to meet some people after work. It is so easy to get to, I can't believe I had to print directions. But I also remember I got lost going there the first time and it took me 25 minutes to get there when now I can get there in about 10. Now I can't say I have mastered either Eindhoven or Philips, but I do feel I have come a long way from that day over two months ago.
August is a strange time in this part of Holland as all the schools are on holiday and as a result many people take this time off from work to spend time with their families or get away. As a result at least half of my office is away. The woman who sat next to me (Jeanne) helped me in every way here. She is off for the entire month of August, so we had our goodbye on Friday.
With her at least half of our office appears to be off for the rest of the month if not at least part of the month.
Here is a picture of me at my desk. I eat a lot of Clementines and other fruit in Boston, here I have been enjoying the market on Tuesdays by my office that I get 30 Mandarins & Clementines for 3.50 Euros. I started stacking them in a pyramid and people started coming by my desk to ask about them. I had been buying the same number all summer but it wasn't until I stacked up like this that people started to notice. Marketing at its' best (too bad I am not selling them). I do eat all of them each week and share them with my coworkers who share things like cherries as we were eating that day. You can also see the bear that someone placed on my computer and the drawing that is behind me.
I also need to focus myself on finishing on my deliverables for Philips. Which will consist of making recommendations on avenues to pursue for the marketing of the product I have been working on. As well I want to ensure that all the research I did while I was here is easily accessible for the team that is working on my product in case they need any information. The above picture was from a meeting we had last week with members of the team working on the product I am on, to come up with guidelines and time tables for deliverables.
Formulating my final deliverable has been more challenging than I had hoped as I am distracted with the reality that the summer is ending and I will be leaving Eindhoven for the foreseeable future, if not forever. I have to think about whether I have done all the things I have set out to do, and figure out what things I can still accomplish that I haven't yet. It is also more about people and friends I have made. The internship isn't over yet, but it feels like the end is very close. I need to do my best to enjoy the time I have with my friends here as much as possible. Because Philips is so large and their are so many interns here each month marks the beginning and end for people. So each month we have to say good bye to friends, but we meet new people. I guess it prepares us all for when our internship will be over.
Not to sound so dreary as I am very excited to see my friends in Boston and be back at school. Just this adventure is coming to end far quicker than I ever could have imagined.
There is excitement on the horizon though. I am planning to go to Prague or Brussels this weekend and have a trip booked for Barcelona the following weekend. So my goal of traveling and seeing as much of Europe as possible is being realized.