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What I particularly enjoyed during my stay was the working environment. The team was made of people passionate about their subject, really involved in their job and willing to extend their knowledge in the field. I also really enjoyed living in a student city where there are a lot of activities designed for a studentâ€™s budget and you can meet a lot of students from all over the world.
Tim Kayser, Member of The Association of German Engineers (VDI) Masters student in Aerospace Engineering at the Technical University Brunswick 1 - What was the main reason that you decided to do an internship abroad? How did you choose which country to go to? How did you finance your stay? I was coming to the end of my bachelor degree, which included a compulsory internship, which I had done at EADS Astrium in Bremen, Germany. During that time I had a lot of contact with interns from abroad, which made me think and realise more and more that it was time to do the same: leave the country, learn a new language and even more importantly getting to know a new culture. Since I still had to write my bachelors thesis and EADS Astrium had asked me to write it at their company, it was an excellent opportunity to link this with going abroad, because EADS Astrium has several sites throughout Europe. The fact that it brought me to Paris was the best, because I really wanted to get to know the French culture! Living in Paris is very costly. I was concerned about how to manage the finance of my stay, but the will, the fact that it was a paid internship, receiving CAF (Caisse d'Allocations Familiales, housing allowance) and being OK with using my savings made it possible to fulfil one of my dreams. Still now, I do not regret a cent or a second of it! 2 â€“ How did you manage to organise your trip before departure? Where did you find information about the country you were going to and the facilities there? Is there any specific source of information you used? The biggest challenge organising my stay in Paris was finding accommodation. My goal was to find an apartment from Germany in advance without showing up there before. The reason for that was that I wanted to save some money, since it would have been quite expensive going to Paris in order to look for a flat, while it is not even certain that I would be successful in finding one.