My name is Kendria and I spent a year in Regensburg, Germany doing a co-op for the first semester and going to school for the second semester. I interned for Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen, a mechanical engineering firm in Regensburg. An international co-op in Germany was a great experience because I love German culture and Germany is a fun place to be.
Since I was also going to school for a semester at a university in Regensburg, I was able to get in contact with a professor who helped me with housing. I stayed in a dorm, the Hiltnerheim, at the university. Each room has it its own bathroom and small kitchenette with a communal oven on each hall. The people who lived in my dorm were both international students and students from Germany, so I was able to make friends from all over the world.
During my free time, I liked to hang out with my friends in downtown Regensburg. We would often go to Discos (dance clubs) and other fun activities. When it was a nice day outside, I would go to a park and read or just sit in the sun. I also traveled to many different countries: Austria, France, Italy, Scotland, Denmark, Hungary, England, and many others. On the weekends, however, I usually just went skiing in Austria.
Although I am majoring in aerospace engineering, I enjoyed my time with Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen. I worked with a CAD (Computer Aided Design) program call Solid Edge, Germany’s version of Solid Works. My main job involved converting drafts and drawings from paper onto the Solid Edge program and creating 3-D designs. Part of the company’s business is creating electrical tops, so I also used the Solid Edge drawing to optimize these parts for better performance.
Working for Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen was a great experience. The people there were very friendly, but only my supervisor spoke English. All the other engineers I worked with spoke only German, but they talked slower so I could understand them, which helped me improve my language skills by being forced to speak and hear German. My advice to anyone who is going to do an international internship is to make friends in that country because they will help to considerably improve your language skills.