»The UAS7 Study & Internship Program (SIP) was really a perfect fit for me. As part of the International Business Program (IBP) at my home university, the University of Rhode Island, I had to spend a study and internship year in Germany. I studied one semester at the HAW Hamburg and interned one semester with the Deutsche Bahn in Mainz. I was excited to study at the HAW Hamburg as the university has a strong Logistics and International Business Program. I took classes in English in International Management, Foreign Direct Investment, Trade and Logistics as well as international Law. I also improved my German by taking classes in German in Marketing and Computer Sciences /Programming. I found the topics interesting and was happy to get credit for the presentations and work I did in Hamburg. Additionally, the International Office organized a great programme to welcome students from all around the world and the city of Hamburg was also truly amazing. I loved to spend time walking at the lake in the center of the city or at the harbor.
The second semester brought a whole new set of experiences. During my six months at Deutsche Bahn Cargo in Mainz I worked as part of the Production Team in the Project & Efficiency Management Department. One of my projects was to support the launch and planning of new systems that set train schedules in order to ensure that goods reach their destination on time. This part of the SIP allowed me to get professional work experience and to totally immerse myself in German through the interaction with my colleagues.
Overall, I had a well-rounded, long-term experience in Germany that allowed me to see parts of the lifestyle that tourism or family trips will never show me. I will serve as a DAAD Young Ambassador to spread awareness to US students about opportunities in Germany. I want to help others learn about what opportunities exist and how to get connected to them – and therefore hopefully have as great a time as I did. You never know how much about yourself there is to learn!« – Claudia Krah, USA