International internship


Christian studies electrical engineering with focus on automation technologies and is currently in his 5th semester. In January 2017, he completed his three-month-long internship at B. Braun abroad in the United States as well as a one-month-long round trip.

Here, he tells us about how his preparations went, the initial experiences he gathered, his collaboration with co-workers, and the places he traveled to within this time period.

Part I: Preparation, Anticipation

Part I: Preparation, Anticipation

kommasMy tip: Plan ahead well in advance (at least 8 weeks). Bureaucratic procedures take their time, and nothing could be worse than the moment in which you have already booked your flight, but the visa is not yet granted.

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Part II: Day of Arrival

Part II: Day of Arrival

kommasWe began our day in classic American fashion: on the shooting range, followed by burger-eating.

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Part III: Everyday Work Routine

Part III: Everyday Work Routine

kommasThe office in which I work consists of multiple ‘cubes’, one for each employee respectively – in Germany, we primarily know how the typical American office looks like only from film and television.

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Part IV: Travelling

Part IV: Travelling

kommasSince I always had a handful of things to do, I was surprised to realize how fast the time went by. Mid-January, I will go on my final road trip – first through the inner states, then to the east coast.

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Part V: Conclusion

Part V: Conclusion

kommasIn later parts of one’s life, there will perhaps never be quite an opportunity like during one's studies to gather professional experience in such a comfortable and affordable fashion.

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