Cycle.land interns Anja and Max, featuring one of our community bikes and a mobike.

Cycle.land interns Anja and Max, featuring one of our community bikes and a mobike.

Anja and I just graduated from high school not long ago and we were still quite unsure what we wanted to study in college. We had the idea of doing an internship abroad in England to see if business administration was a good idea for the future. A bonus was that we could then improve our English a bit. 

After a few weeks the organisation Travelworks found the company Cycle.land and we were delighted and happy and excited to do our internship at this start-up. When we arrived to the first day of work we met the friendly Cycle.land team and were looking forward to next work days. The first days were relaxed to get used to the working atmosphere and to understand how things work. Straight from the beginning we felt integrated and very welcomed by the team.

After the first week we started to notice the good things about doing an internship at a start-up company. One of the things we noticed was that one really can see the company grow. Because of the small size of the company, it is easy to see how important the many different tasks are. We were also involved in the action more quickly than having to wait for the trust level to rise.

What we like a lot so far is that we are treated as real employees, and not like the stereotypical interns from school for example. This also has to do with our long-term inhabitation, which offers us possibilities to undertake longer-range duties which are more common in companies’ everyday work and more necessary for their assistance. One challenge of working with a startup is that often tasks can change spontaneously, but this has helped us to become flexible and adaptable in how we approach the workday.

Because the company is so small, the team is very collaborative and close-knit. Sometimes we went to a pub and had a nice brief about work outside the office. It was lovely to chat to the team and come to know them as people instead of just as coworkers.

Max will finish his internship at the end of December and Anja at the end of January. Until then we want to get as much experience as we can get our hands on. We plan to stay in contact with Cycle.land after this internship; we are excited to witness the growing process and to use our received knowledge for future projects and activities.

 The quintessential Oxonian winter day--cycling through city centre for a view of the Sheldonian Theatre and Bodleian Library. Photo ops aplenty!

The quintessential Oxonian winter day--cycling through city centre for a view of the Sheldonian Theatre and Bodleian Library. Photo ops aplenty!

Photographed and edited by Maren Fichter.