What does Eurail mean to you?

We asked our newest interns

It's the middle of a global pandemic and four fresh colleagues have just started their new internship at Eurail... a travel company! But what does it mean for them? In these unusual times of closed borders and restrictions, how does it feel to grab a new opportunity at such an international and open company? We want to know about their preconceptions of travel, and what drew them to Eurail.

Maaike

My name is Maaike, I am a Marketing student and I am doing my internship in the Digital Performance team at Eurail. I cherish working in a multicultural environment and going travelling, so working at Eurail is the perfect opportunity for me.

What is your preconception of Eurail?

Eurail, as a brand name, was unfamiliar to me as I am from the Netherlands, and here Interrailing (for European citizens/residents) is more known.

Have you travelled much before in Europe, or the wider world? Did this travel experience make you want to work at Eurail?

My very first Interrail trip was in 2016 with my sister and we travelled to Greece. Travelling is one of my main hobbies and while we are now forced to take a break from travel, working at a travel company interested me a lot. This way I could still feel involved in travel content and inspiration.

What are your thoughts about train travel?

Travelling by train was an experience and a lot of fun, as you are free to go wherever you'd feel like at any time. To plan your trip and get excited is almost as fun as the trip itself!

Paula

My name is Paula, and I am doing my internship in the Content Central team. I will soon be a graduate of Marketing and this opportunity at Eurail combines both my passion for travelling and the opportunity to develop my professional skills in an international environment.

What is your preconception of Eurail?

If I am honest, I'd never heard about Eurail before my internship; I only knew about Interrail (which I believe is more widely known among Europeans). My very first idea was that Interrail was a train company that allowed you to travel around Europe. So practically clueless!

Have you travelled much before in Europe, or the wider world? Did this travel experience make you want to work at Eurail?

I have mainly travelled around Europe, although luckily I have had the chance to visit a couple of countries beyond the continent as well.

Travelling has always been a very important part of my life. Discovering new cultures, ways of living and exploring the world is always an experience like no other. Travelling makes me feel free, and that's why working at Eurail is so exciting. I want to help other passionate travellers to live this unforgettable experience around Europe!

What are your thoughts about train travel?

To me, train travel means ‘’enjoy the journey’’ and ‘’sustainability’’. It’s a nice way to care not only about your final destination, but appreciate the scenic views, diverse landscapes and the lack of hassle, whilst choosing the greenest option.

Pepijn

What is your preconception of Eurail?

Before starting my internship, I did not have any experience with Eurail.

Have you travelled much before in Europe, or the wider world? Did this travel experience make you want to work at Eurail?

I have seen multiple cities in Europe, but my favourite one is Prague, where I have studied for 6 weeks. It was supposed to be 20 weeks, but unfortunately, the pandemic interfered, and I had to go home. In the past, I knew that I really wanted to see more European cities, but I had not considered doing this by train. After having applied for Eurail, and especially after having started my internship, my enthusiasm to see multiple cities in Europe within one trip has dramatically increased. I have never travelled large distances by train before, but now I think I definitely will in the future.

Fauve

My name is Fauve and I am doing my internship in the Business & Growth Team. I study at the Hotel Management School in Maastricht and this internship is the last part of my studies before graduation. For my first internship I had to go abroad and this is where I realised that I foresaw my future overseas.

What is your preconception of Eurail?

Before my Internship, I had never heard about Eurail. I knew some people who had travelled with the Interrail Passes, but I actually didn’t know that Interrail belonged to the Eurail company.

Have you travelled much before in Europe, or the wider world? Did this travel experience make you want to work at Eurail?

Although I've travelled a lot within Europe as well as outside of Europe, I still do have a lot of places left on my travel to-do list. Eurail inspired me enormously and I decided to do my internship within this exciting international company. I can't wait to travel with an Interrail Pass myself!

What are your thoughts about train travel?

Personally I have travelled mainly by plane, however, when I heard about Eurail/Interrail I got very enthusiastic. The possibility of travelling using sustainable transport and adding value to the overall travel experience sounds like a win-win formula to me.