An update


I am back with an update.
It has now been almost 5 months since I moved to Amsterdam, and it’s almost time for me to leave. My last day of my internship is January 19th, and the 21st I am packing all of my belongings and will move back to Sweden for a couple of months.

I was offered an employment at my internship company, but still decided to move back home with the hopes of moving back after the graduation in June. I have had an amazing time here, and I am so glad that I moved here and worked full-time whilst also being able to get good grades in the courses we have studied. I have learned more than I thought I would, and my time here is definitely the best decision I have made since I started my studies.

I will leave Amsterdam and with a lot of experience and a different perception on marketing. Instead of getting all emotional, I’ll upload some pictures!


I prepared the gifts we sent out to some of our clients.

Join us for an unforgettable conference November 30th and December 1st-3

I did most of the marketing for the ThingsCon Amsterdam 2017 conference on IoT.



I was a volunteer at the TEDxRotterdam event in November.


I had some time to enjoy the sun and snow in Amsterdam.



I had some beers with a couple of colleagues. I’m definitely gonna miss this place!

That was it for this time, hope all of you had a great time during the holidays!


Good busy

Hello again,

It is Sunday, and I am currently at a cafe to study a little bit. As I have mentioned previously, we have an exam in Finance that is coming up. I have started to plan how I am going to study for the exam, and hopefully I’ll pass! My sister is coming here this Thursday and staying until Sunday, which is of course super exciting! This also mean that I will not have time to study next weekend, so I have to distribute my time properly in order to pass. Yesterday I studied at another cafe called ‘Juice Brothers’. It is located 200 meters from my apartment, and it was a great place to study. I ordered an Acai bowl and a cappuccino and studied, whilst also looking at the people walking in the rain. It might seem weird, but these kinds of moments make me realise how much I love this city and how much I appreciate my time here. I have noticed that it is the small things that does it, and I cannot say it enough – I am in love with this city! I have now decided (I think) that I am not leaving Amsterdam in January. My contract for the apartment expires January 21st, so before that I’ll have to find somewhere else to live. But there are quite some months left until that.

The last week was intense at the office. As I mentioned in my previous post, we had an event in-house called Behaviour Design Amsterdam. There were approximately 50 people there, listening to talks about Artificial Intelligence. It was interesting, but I was also super tired after working for 12 hours. The day after there was another event, but this time in Enschede! I left the office at 12, went to the train station and travelled almost three hours to the DesingLab at a university called UTwente. The conference that I am working with had a meetup there, and I was there to make some photos and videos for our social media channels. This was of course another long day, and I was home at midnight after working 14 hours. But it was definitely worth it and it was a lot of fun! Thursday was a regular day at work, and Friday too. Thursday evening my colleague texted me and asked if I wanted to come with her to Adnight. This is ”the ultimate kitchen review” where agencies open their doors for marketers and advertisers. We visited 5 agencies I believe, and it was so much fun! One of them had a trampoline inside, another had Segway races, haunted house, silent disco – you name it! It was a great evening, but the afterparty was actually horrible. I don’t like techno music, and this was only techno. Other than that, I had a great time!

This upcoming week I am only working three days, since my sister is coming. We haven’t planned to do anything specific, we will probably just explore Amsterdam and eat food.

It is time for me to wrap this post up, cause I have some studying to do!IMG_5275IMG_5216

//Johanna, ISM15

Being an intern

Once again, hello everybody!

Another month, another update. I have finally settled down at my internship and have also started to get used to Amsterdam – meaning that I don’t need Google Maps to find the office anymore.

The intern-life is quite intense, and I am most often busy. What I really enjoy with my internship is that I work a lot by myself, so I usually get a couple of projects to do and I work with them until I am finished. So far I have been doing a lot of market research, gathering information in Excel sheets, and writing a couple of blog posts that are going to be used at our website. I have also attended a few Connected Lunches here at, where we have external speakers talking about whatever subject they are working with. The last one was a preparation for the Hackathon in October, about the future of food and it was really interesting. Next week I am also attending an event called Behaviour Design Amsterdam, which we are hosting in our basement. All of these events, and internal happenings are super fun and I am really glad that I am part of

I am definitely enjoying my time here, and every day becomes even more fun. The first couple of weeks were super intense, and I must admit that I am still tired most of the time. This week is already my sixth (!!!) week, and the time has gone by super quick. It is really interesting to see how everything works in practice.

As you know, I decided to do my internship full-time. This means that I am very busy, and studying in parallel is easier said than done. Our exam in Finance is in one month, so I really have to start studying asap.

During the weekends I am most often going out with friends, and just relaxing. We have been exploring a couple of clubs here and I must say that I am happily surprised. Amsterdam truly is one of the best cities in the world, and it feels as I have finally found my home. I have been living abroad before, but living here is definitely the best decision I have ever made. We’ll see what happens after my internship, but I would love to stay in Amsterdam.IMG_5104From one of the Connected LunchesIMG_5047I tried writing ThingsCon in Legos, which was definitely easier said than done.IMG_5027This is the canal outside of my apartment.

Now I have to get back to work! Right now I am re-doing our employee manual so it suits our corporate image. Wish me luck!

//Johanna, ISM15

Sommaren är kort…

Ja som rubriken säger och som Thomas Ledin sjunger så är sommaren kort, eller den har känts som det i alla fall. Kan bero på att min sommar har gått i 110 och det hänt en himla massa saker både jobbmässigt och på de lediga helgerna. Jobbmässigt har jag som tidigare nämnt i mitt förra inlägg fått chansen att jobba på Electrolux Laundry System under sommaren. Där har jag avverkat 12 veckor som leveransbevakare samt hoppat in som innesäljare för att backa upp vid behov. Det har varit mycket lärorikt och givande för mig både som arbetslivserfarenheten och som jag kommer att kunna ta med mig in i det nya läsåret. Jag tar även tillfället i akt och passar på att tacka mina kollegor som jag har haft under sommaren. De har tagit väl hand om mig och som inte tröttnat på mig efter alla dessa frågor som har ställts.

Innan jobbet skulle börja hann jag med en weekend i Torrevieja med mina vänner och flickvän. Därefter har helgerna förvaltats väl med midsommarfirande på Öland, bröllop i Ryssby, Håkan Hellström på Ullevi, härliga dagar i Halmstad och även någon ”slappedag” med x antal serieavsnitt i soffan.

Kort o gott så har sommaren varit kanon och igår drog 2a läsåret igång. Så med en hel del läropengar i bakfickan och ny energi går jag in med huvud högt in i det 2a läsåret tillsammans med min klass som jag hoppas haft en lika bra sommar jag.

Jag är tyvärr rätt dålig på att ta bilder på semestern men lyckades ta en bild från balkongen i Torrevieja så jag bjuder på den!


Vi hörs!

// Olof



5 days

Hello again! I hope that all of you have had an amazing summer so far.

Today I only have 5 days (!!!) left in Sweden, and I must say that the summer has gone by super quickly. I have mostly relaxed this summer, although I have been to my grandmother twice, Gothenburg twice and then Sundsvall once. Overall the break has been really good, even if the weather has been quite bad. I have tried to keep myself busy, since I get restless really easily – however, I survived!!

As I said, I only have 5 days left in Sweden. Both my friends and family are constantly asking how I am feeling about moving abroad again, and if I am nervous or anxious. Honestly, I am not very nervous about the move – but more about starting my internship. I believe that most of my class mates feel the same, mostly because this is our time to shine and put our theoretical knowledge into practice with that being said, I am both excited and nervous. Moving abroad is a rather big thing, but this will be my third time moving away from Sweden so I think I will do just fine. The upcoming days I will start packing and buying smaller items that I need to have before the move. I am also finishing an online course I am taking in digital marketing which is actually really interesting. It is called The Complete Digital Marketing Course and you can find it on if you’re interested in studying it.

I am going to update you in a couple of weeks, and tell you about how I am doing in Amsterdam and with my internship! And for all of you that are starting your studies at CIL this fall, good luck and enjoy your time there cause it goes by way too fast!

// Johanna ISM15

Café Garvet


Hos oss på CIL hittar ni Café Garvet. Här jobbar Annika och Ingrid som ser till att ni har tillgång till fika och lättare lunch under vardagarna. För det mesta är allt hembakat och tillagat här i caféet.

Till hösten, vid terminstart planerar Annika och Ingrid att utöka sortimentet. Därför skulle vi uppskatta om ni (befintliga och nya studenter samt övriga gäster) vill komma med förslag på vad ni vill ska ingå i utbudet framöver. Skulle det finnas intresse för lättare frukost och nyttigare alternativ? Har ni några lunchtips?

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Bra att veta med Café Garvet är att det finns möjlighet att, med viss framförhållning, beställa frallor och kakor privat. Även företag kan beställa till fredagsfikat exempelvis;)


Varmt välkomna, Annika & Ingrid