Our Intern's Stories

Tirza Vantroyen

Tirza VantroyenAssociate consultantCommunication Specialist I was born and raised in Germany, lived in Australia for a year and then moved to the Netherlands. I am studying ‘International Communication’ in Groningen a little town in the north of the Netherlands. As part of my curriculum and to improve my intercultural competencies, I went to Jyväskylä, Finland for one semester. At JAMK university in Finland I focused on Leadership, Cross-cultural Management and Intercultural Communication. Personally, I improved a lot by being surrounded by different cultures. Another part of my curriculum is an internship abroad. In Finland I met George Simons who taught...

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Ashiat Viinikainen

Ashiat ViinikainenMarketing Specialist Ashiat was born and raised in a Muslim home in a predominantly Islamic society and culture in Nigeria. She moved to the francophone Republic of Benin as a young adult, where she acquired her BSc in mass communication and journalism. After that she moved to Central Finland where she is currently earning a degree in international business at the school of business in JAMK University of Applied Sciences. She has volunteered for several NGOs, working as a teacher for young people and in immigrant centers. Ashiat is deeply concerned about social issues and passionate about creating a...

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Claire Gardner

Claire Gardnerdiversophy® Marketing Specialist   I was born and raised in California. I grew up in Santa Cruz and Folsom California. In high school I took classes on geography and French. I enjoy traveling and social media. I have recently graduated high school early to study cultural diversity in the South of France as an intern for George Simons.

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Madina Baikulova

Madina Baikulovadiversophy® Development Specialist I was born and raised in Russia, Saint-Petersburg. At the age of 18, I decided to change my life and move abroad for my bachelor studies. As a destination I chose Central Finland, a city called Jyväskylä. Studying in English for the first time in my life, meeting people from all over the world, and most importantly, living on my own – all those things changed me completely as a person.After my first year of studying in JAMK University, I found an internship in my hometown related to event management. I was in charge of establishing...

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Marina Ivanova

  Marina Ivanova diversophy® Development Specialist Marina was born in Moscow, Russia. After graduation from the Lyceum of the High School of Economics in Moscow, Marina entered JAMK University of Applied sciences in Jyväskylä, Finland. There, she studied International Business and actively participated in the New Horizons project development and facilitations. Marina wrote her Thesis contributing to the development of the Youth game. Later, she was interviewed by George Simons for summer Internship for diversophy®. During the internship, Marina worked on database management, cards’ development, and digital marketing. She was pleased to contribute her skills in order to benefit to...

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