From Philadelphia to Bremen: an Energy Engineering Internship with UAS7

Austin Omolo, Chemical Engineering Student at Drexel University (Image: Lindsey Webb, University of Central Florida)

Austin Omolo, a Chemical Engineering student at Drexel University, participated in the UAS7 Internship Program this spring. Austin spent one semester at Bremen City University of Applied Sciences, where he interned at the Energy Engineering lab with Professor Smolen. 

The UAS7 consortium cooperates with several University Partners in the U.S., amongst them Drexel University, in order to facilitate student and faculty exchange, research collaboration and shared thematic projects. Students from UAS7 partner institutions are particulary welcome to participate in the Study and Internship Program (SIP), while it is also open to applicants from other accredited U.S. or Canadian colleges or universities.

Upon his return to Philadelphia, Austin was happy to share his experience with us and prospective exchange students. Here is his personal SIP Story:

Austin, why did you decide to intern in Germany with UAS7?

I already had exposure to the German language before. UAS7 provided me with the opportunity to learn more about German culture, to sharpen my language skills, and to delve into the world of scientific research.

Austin at his research lab in Bremen. (Image: Lindsey Webb, University of Central Florida)

What have you enjoyed most about your stay?

I really liked the culture. Bremen is a small, yet vibrant city that has a lot to offer. I really enjoyed the festivals, the beer, and getting the chance to live like a native.

What did you do after you returned from Germany?

I spent some time with family, and about a month later went back to school to commence my next school year. Currently, I am in Philadelphia, and I am halfway done with the school year. I am already looking forward to my next internship. I just might end up in Germany again!

Are you still in touch with Germany? 

I do keep in touch with some of the friends I made in Germany. Hopefully, I will get to see them soon!

Last question: what are your future plans?

I plan on completing my undergraduate education and joining the workforce in the energy sector. I also intend on traveling as much as possible. Germany really sparked my interest, and I hope I can get to see the rest of the world soon.

The interview was conducted by Nele Kirstein.

Would you like to share your experience with us, as well? Contact info@uas7.org.

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