Madeleine Auvinen, Sweden
Developer, Stink Studios
Brooklyn, New York
18 months traineeship
Madeleine is another Hyper Island student from Sweden that came to the U.S to do her internship at Stinks Studios!
What was supposed to be a four month long internship placement, has now turned in to an eighteen month long one.
We asked her a few questions about her time in the Big Apple! Read all about it by pressing the button below...
How has working in the US improved your knowledge and skills?
After spending almost 7 months at Stink Studios I feel like I've learnt a ton and grown a lot as a developer. It is very
inspiring and motivating to work with such talented people and cool projects.
How is the US work culture different compared to your home culture?
I used to work in Amsterdam/Netherlands before coming to New York, and in my experience work is a bigger part of
life here, late nights are common and the pressure is higher. I think especially in Sweden family and private life is very
important and more valued. Of course the culture also depends a lot on the company, for example I've heard that
office hierarchy is pretty common in US, which I don't think applies to my company.
Why did you choose to work in the US?
I had a plan to live and work in New York a few years ago, but it wasn't until my boyfriend got a job offer in New York in beginning of last year that I decided to dust off that plan. I think it's be very beneficial on the Swedish/Dutch job market to have work experience from US.
What are/were your expectations for the U.S. internship?
I expected to work hard, learn a lot and work on some really cool projects! I was also prepared for a lot of late nights
although it really hasn't been that bad. I really like the company I'm at, and I think they have a great culture, and are more transparent than any other company I've been to before, which I didn't expect.
What has been your most memorable experience while living in U.S.?
I think it's all the traveling I've done. There are so many cool places to visit in (and around) US, but not enough time
hehe, so it's been a lot of short weekend trips. So far I've been to Boston, Washington DC, LA, Cancun/Mexico and a
few times upstate in New York.
Describe a day in your life!
I live and work by the water so I usually take the ferry to work in the morning, which is most of the time a great start of
the day! At work I build websites from a given design, sometimes in team with other developers and sometimes
alone. Depending on the deadline I sometimes stay later and eat dinner at work. In my spare time I like to run and
yoga. Also me and my boyfriend definitely go out more often for dinner or drinks in New York than we did in
Amsterdam. Since the decision to move here was pretty sudden, it took me a few months to settle down. I think New York can be a pretty intensive city to live in, and coming from Amsterdam was quite a change. But now I start to really love it here, there's definitely always something to do or somewhere new to explore.
Tips when coming to U.S
It's very expensive in New York so if you're planning to go here it's good to either look for a paid internship/traineeship
or to have some savings! As I mentioned there's a lot of cool places to visit in and around US, so I'd recommend to explore as much as you can during your time here. There's probably places in U.S you wouldn't travel to all the way from Europe but since you're on the right continent it could be worth a visit.
Want to know what a J-1 Internship in the U.S. is really like? Read our interns' success stories and get their top tips.