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Innovation Projects Intern
About the placement/internship

Why did you decide to do a placement/internship?

I had completed 13 months on my Year in Industry already and wanted to experience either a different role, industry or company. I looked at scholarships for working abroad and found Generation UK. It was a supported placement scheme in China that sounded like a great opportunity to do something really different!

How did you find your placement/internship?

Speculative application

Application process

I submitted a speculative application with information on my interests to plant managers based in Shanghai. Then, projects and a line manager were assigned to me.

What made you choose this organisation for your placement/internship?

I ended up moving within the same company as hosted me for my Year in Industry. The company is active globally and has a range of exciting projects geared towards transforming the business and looking at a range of new technologies. It was great to see how rapidly the industry is changing!

Main responsibilities

* Support site projects as required, engaging with vendors and site stakeholders (e.g. different engineering departments). Engineering design, document control, etc.
* Contribute new ideas to plant projects, included attending the World AI conference that took place in Shanghai in September 2019
* Develop data analytics reports for the plant using PowerBI software
* Share knowledge and best practice between my original site in the UK and the sites in Shanghai

Typical day

I worked between two plants, attending meetings covering a few key projects. I was able to bring fresh ideas and a new viewpoint on projects which were well established. I helped with scoping, discussion on project progress, some design work and document control which was required for a new software installation.

What did I enjoy about my placement/internship?

I really enjoyed the freedom in my work and the opportunity to see different manufacturing environments within the company. It was a fantastic opportunity to explore Shanghai and the surrounding cities too. A summer working abroad is a great way of testing the waters of doing it full time, risk free and without signing a tenancy agreement!

Challenging aspects

The length of the day and commute was challenging, it took almost 3 hours round trip to get to and from the site! The commutes are typically quite long in Shanghai as the city is so vast and there are a lot of different business areas.

Advice to students

My piece of advice to students

Don't be afraid to engage with managers from engineering companies on LinkedIn, you may end up being able to make a speculative application!

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Form completed: 09 Sep 2019

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