The down side of offering internships is that by the end of one, we sometimes have to say goodbye to some pretty awesome people. Meet Ferry, who just rounded up his internship at our Dutch office and who we foresee having the brightest future.
Hey Ferry, please tell us more about yourself and your study
Hello! My name is Ferry and for the last five months, I did my graduation assignment at SQuare. During the assignment, I focussed on creating a sustainable circular festival design. Later in this blog I will tell you more about that but first I will introduce myself. Right now, I’m in the last year of my study Leisure & Event Management at the Breda University of Applied Sciences (BUAS) in Breda. I’m 24 years old, currently living in Etten-Leur and enjoying my last months as a student. Before my current study I graduated at De Rooi Pannen as an entrepreneur in the hotel and catering industry. It was a very interesting study and I also did some great internships in this industry but during this study I realized this didn’t really fit my interests. I have always been attracted to the event industry and particular the festivals, because everything is possible and it’s great to see so many people having fun at a festival you’ve worked on. Therefore, I made the choice to start the study Event Management.
Before conducting my graduation assignment at SQuare, I did an one-year internship with them as a Production Assistant. During this internship I worked at different projects such as Paaspop, Indian Summer Festival, New Horizons Festival and We Are Electric. I was not only working at the office, but also on location to assist the buildup and dismantle of the festival designs.
Because I had a great time at SQuare during my first internship, I decided to conduct my graduation assignment at SQuare as well. For this research I used my experience from my former internship. The research was focused to help SQuare by creating their wonderment in a sustainable way without reducing the experience for a visitor. This research helped me and SQuare a lot, because sustainability will become more and more important in the future.
What did you want to become as a child?
Something completely different than what I’m doing right now and probably the most cliché thing, because as a child I wanted to become a pilot.
What do you hate the most?
Fake people, because in my opinion it’s important that you should always be yourself.
What makes you happy?
Just the small thing in life such as hanging out with friends and having a good time or drinking a cold beer on a nice sunny day.
Who is your biggest example inspiration?
My parents, because they’ve always taught me to work hard for what I want to achieve and that nothing comes naturally. Also, to enjoy life and spend my time on doing things I like.
Is there a ritual where you believe in?
No, I don’t. Science is my spirit animal.
What does no one know that you're most proud of?
Beside my study Event Management, I’m also involved in the organization of ‘’LekkerEtten-Leur’’ for 3 years now. This is a local culinary event in my hometown which is completely organized by volunteers. The main goal of this event is to raise money for a local charity, which I’m very proud of to contribute and at the same time I’m gaining a lot of experience by organizing an event.
What are you going to do when you are graduated?
After my graduation I want to stay in the event industry, mainly focused on festivals because that is what I like the most. I want to gain more experience by working in the industry and create the ‘wow-factor’ for visitors. However, this will be a hard mission nowadays with the Corona pandemic, but I will keep going forward!
Beside the plans for my career after graduation I also want to travel the world and experience all kind of different cultures that are out there.
What was the spark during your internship at SQuare?
I had a great time at SQuare during my internships. I’ve had the opportunities to produce my own designs, work on different amazing festivals in The Netherlands and abroad, gaining lots of experience in the event industry and met a lot of people. Another aspect which I value the most within SQuare is that everybody can be themselves and because of that I had the opportunity to develop myself on a professional and personal level. Also, the fact that I was really part of the team made my internship feel like I was working at SQuare instead of doing an internship.
I had a great time at SQuare and want to thank everybody for an amazing time! If you are still searching for an internship, I would definitely recommend an internship at SQuare!
Are you interested in an internship at SQuare as well and you think you fit the bill? Check out our vacancies page!