We recently met up with two Swedes, Flynn and Malin that both are students of Campus Grythyttan and had a little chat about where to get the best coffee, to how a typical work day at ‘Dinners By David Catering inc.’ and ‘Toast of the Town and inc. San Pasqual Winery can look like.
Hi Malin and Flynn!
Tell us a bit about your background and how you ended up in San Diego to do your internship?
Flynn: Ted (TNWP CEO) came to our university and had a lecture about The North-West Passage, and about previous students doing their internships that were helped by them. To do an internship abroad did sound like so much fun! And I was thinking that I might as well sieze the opportunity when it was presented. I pursued Malin to join me on the journey to San Diego so we both could share the experience together.
Malin: My interest for the industry comes from my previous jobs, where I had a boss that was interested in the wine industry, so it came naturally for me to become interested as well.
What does a day at your internship look like and how are your working hours?
Malin: I start around 1 or 2pm. I am the one that holds the wine tasting groups, and I hold about 10-25 tastings per day. The job includes talking to groups of people and I get to meet Americans from all over the country.
I work 32 hours per week. It never happens that I have to work overtime since my supervisor is very careful to follow the time restrictions set for the internship.
Flynn: My working days start at 8am. As we are an catering business, the amount of work depends of what type of event we have ahead of us. I work in a small team and they are very considered of making my time as an intern great. I feel that they are adjusting the work based to the level I’m at and increasing it step by step. I also feel that the mentality at Dinner by David is “if you want to learn it, you will.”
What have you learnt so far?
Malin: I’ve seen the pressing machines, the manufacturing process from grape to product, and I have learnt how to mix my own wine.
Flynn: I feel that I have learnt a lot, and that this internship will build a good foundation to my future career.
What do you do on your days off?
- We like to visit new restaurants because we like to see how they work and to get some more inspiration. We also like to hike now and then. Mission trails is a highly recommended hike.
If you're on a culinary visit to San Diego and have a whole day, where do you recommend to have breakfast, lunch, dinner and grab to a coffee?
Breakfast: Breakfast Republic and NOMAD Donut where you actually find the BEST coffee.
Lunch: Cheesecake factory for good cocktails!
If you are craving sweets, you should go to The Figaro, that has a variety of many different delicious sweets. It is located in North Park. North park has it all!
What is the absolute best of being in the United States and doing your internship here instead of your home country?
- You get more out of an internship in the U.S. than you would in Sweden, you are on the other side of the world and actually live here. There is no holiday, you create a day to day life here. The weather is a also a big plus!
What would you tell other students thinking about going to the United States and doing an internship?
- If you get the chance to have your internship abroad then go, It's totally worth it!
And for the final question, what are you going to do after you finish your internship?
Before we head back to Sweden, we are planning to travel a for a bit. We are planning on going up Northern California to visit a couple of wineries, like Napa for example.
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.