Hi! I’m Benita Reinikka and I’m the new intern for the Finnish-American Chamber of Commerce. I will be staying in Florida for six months – just enough to skip the cold European winter!
As the previous internships at the FACC, also my internship is divided between the FACC and the Honorary Consulate of Finland. I am extremely thankful for this opportunity. This internship is a great way for me to complement my master studies in International Business and Intercultural Communication, which I am pursuing in Heilbronn University in Germany.
My work tasks in the FACC Florida will be marketing and communications related. I will be writing and editing our monthly newsletter, updating our social media channels, taking care of membership issues, organizing events and participating in the board meetings.
So far we have a very active Autumn coming up! We have many interesting events, the next one being the Florida International Trade & Cultural Expo in Fort Lauderdale in October 13th which we are participating to. Next event hosted by us is a joint networking event together with Lantana Chamber of Commerce on October 15th. We are also arranging a Sibelius concert honor the 150th Jubilee. You can follow the updates on our event pages.
In the Honorary Consulate I am working with the Honorary Consul Mr. Peter Makila. I have a background in hospitality management, and I am honored to help the Finnish citizens in whatever matter they need help with. So far I have been assisting the Finnish citizens with passport and registration related issues and notary services, to name a few. We will have the portable passport machine here in Lake Worth 2nd-6th of November, which means I got to assist in doing passports as well! I will also keep in contact with the Consulate General in New York and Embassy of Finland, as well as local authorities when needed.
I am looking forward to get to know the American culture, ways of working and communicating – and also the challenges it brings along.
So far I can highly recommend the internship experience at the FACC– this is a once in a lifetime opportunity!