EUSA internship (Issue 37, 2010)
In January 2010, four La Trobe engineering students travelled to San Francisco to gain valuable professional experience, some within public sector and others in private organisations.
Mohamed Al Lawati, a Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering student, completed a six-week internship at the City of Berkeley, and then moved on to a second internship at Chevron. Mohamed says that the experience provided him with many opportunities to apply the academic skills and theories he studied at La Trobe University, but also helped him gain professional expertise that can only be achieved with on-site placements.
‘The experience that I was offered by La Trobe International and EUSA in San Francisco was extraordinary and worth every dollar spent. It gave me the opportunity to experience two very different work environments and cultures – that of working with a public sector organization - City of Berkeley and the other of a multinational company - Chevron, one of the leading oil companies in the world,’ says Mohamed.
The internship offers students an opportunity to develop professional skills and get an insight into the career they want to take up. Additionally, students get to experience a different culture and network within the industry.
‘Both internships taught me a lot and provided me with the perfect chance to put in to practice all the skills I learnt and studied about at La Trobe University into action. Most importantly, however, the internships helped me develop certain skills that can only be learnt in a work environment. Overall, the experience not only led to my professional development, but also helped me understand and appreciate a new culture and way of life,’ adds Mohamed.
EUSA is an organisation that builds and assists with academically-directed internship programs in Europe and North America. Participating students receive a wide variety of support, right from visa applications to orientation. Additionally, EUSA provides on site support to all students through an on-site director who is accessible and available to students 24 hours.
The deadline for applications is 30 July. Interested students can enquire at the Global Lounge (Level 2, Agora, next to Contact), or email email@example.com for more information.