Erik Sørensen Ruiz
Barcelona, Spain


What course did you study/what training did you come into the internship with?

All the tools and knowledge I have learned have been because of my direct manager in Billund and using illustrator, InDesign and all the other programmes, but I never really had any training in my university course.

What made you want to do an internship with Modulex? What was like the draw factor?

I attended the University of Exeter, for Politics and International Relations. I had been applying for internships for a long time, and then this one came up. I took the opportunity, because I saw that the factory in Billund, Denmark was really focused on sustainability. I felt because Modulex has been working with the environment for a long time, it has never been an official thing; it’s been more of a cultural thing. It’s in the DNA of the company to be environmentally aware. Still, there wasn’t structure or a department or a team of people that were dedicated exclusively to that. It was extremely motivating and exciting that there was space for somebody like me to bring that knowledge to Modulex.

How was the process of starting the internship and moving to Berlin? Did you feel you received the necessary help?

I never had any problems. Management was always there helping. They helped me with all the legal stuff. I think I’m speaking for Daniela and me in this case when I say we’re both people who are kind of independent. It’s still important as an intern to be proactive and make sure you are doing your part in the process.

Do you have recommendations on where an intern should live?

I recommend the interns live in two different towns and not in Billund, one town is called Kolding, and the other one is a town called Vejle.

Do you have any other points to make?

Interns need to know that this is not an entry-level internship. It’s a management one so interns will be managing a project. You will not be getting a role with micro-tasks, but it was more like these macro-objectives, and you have to figure out the way for some of them. 

There was more macro-management, which I was happy with. I was grateful nobody was standing over me to get my work done. However, I know some people need things broken down step by step, which is not necessarily bad, and I think they will eventually learn too not to be micro-managed. I am a self-sufficient person in that sense, and I had to figure out my way. I was also required to ask lots of questions.