The internship is the centerpiece of the EUROTECH Program, and quality work experience is vital to its success. Several steps will be taken by the directors of the program to insure that the internship will be appropriate for seniors in an engineering program (e.g., site visitation, written description of student's responsibilities; student interview; company questionnaire).
Appropriate professional, linguistic, and cultural preparation is critical for a successful internship experience. Only students who are sufficiently advanced in their engineering studies, foreign language skills and interpersonal workplace skills will be allowed to intern abroad. The staff will evaluate whether or not you are sufficiently advanced in your engineering major, your German studies and will also consider the reports from the summer supervisors as to your social skills during your summer internships.
We urge you to inform us of your plans to do the internship at least six months before your planned departure date. This will allow us to direct you to an appropriate employer, give you advice on where to get additional language training, and what courses you might want to take if you include study abroad in your plans. With enough time we will also be able to give you a variety of practical tips from work related logistics to cultural differences.
Since you will earn up to six credits in German for the internship, each student will be required to do a variety of assignments to demonstrate his/her development of linguistic and cultural growth. At the beginning of the internship, students will be given a list of required writing activities that must be completed before credit will be granted.
Upon your return from Germany, you will share what you have learned in a forum of EUROTECH participants and visit lower level classes to answer the other students' questions. A shorter version of your internship report will be included into the newsletter and we ask you to provide us with pictures to make it more interesting. We will also set you up with underclass students as whose peer mentor you will serve for the rest of your time at UConn.
Your internship experience will be useful in carrying out the required senior project in engineering, emphasizing teamwork and practical application.