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My Journey-Foreign Internships By Chandana Neerukonda

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Like
any other 9+ pointers,  I too applied for
Foreign Internships in my 3rd year.  The process
starts by mailing Professors who are working on your area of interest.  It is bit easier to get replies from Professors
if you start mailing by July or August.  In case of Germany ,  once you get acceptance form a German
Professor to act as a host for DAAD Scholarship,  you should start the process of application
for DAAD scholarship.  Once
you get it ,  then the voyage begins.  

I
worked as a summer Intern at TU Dresden,  Germany on "Temperature  Control of hydrogel-basd
microfluidic valves" for 2 months in collaboration with CfAED
(Center for Advanced Electronics Design).  It was my first flight  and I was actually nervous and
forgot to get excited !!  As I reached
Deutschland on 1st of May 2013 , a holiday 
- people were  enjoying on the
roads.   I felt that was
super-welcoming.   After that reaching the guest-house,  where I booked a room in a shared flat for two
months,  city registration and opening a
bank account all are done with the help of an Indian PhD student in TU Dresden.
 

Dresden
is a beautiful city , where  one can
spend hours admiring the beauty of River  Elbe's night view.  Another beautiful thing I found in Dresden is
the cheerful faces of the people in the research group I worked with .  My professor is super cool and  encouraging all the time.  He assigned me to a PhD student ,  who inspired me a lot in the
two months time.  I used to go for lunch
with my colleagues ,  who used to
describe

various
foods which are displayed in German in the Mensa every day with great patience
.  I got  used to German food.   In fact , 
I am missing it now J As the days were passing,  the Project went in a very perfect way and
everything was fine.  

Then
there was a camping workshop organized by the CfAED,  in which we had to take part.  That was a 3- day workshop with seminars ,   but
the entire 3rd day we spent on river,  pedaling the boat.  That was a great experience.  The project finished  and there comes the send-off party organized
by my lab mates for me.  I actually  became sentimental ,  because I had the precious moments of my life
in Germany.  My

Professor
expressed his views on Indian women , I was very much surprised by my Professor's
speech , in which he insisted on empowerment of Indian women , whom  he  thinks
are "Highly Potential Ladies ". It boosted my confidence levels.  And I flew back to India with a new energy
and attitude.  And I got placed in Oracle.
 :)

I thank DAAD for they not only have given me an
opportunity to work on a

project
,  but also an opportunity to look at
life in a different perspective.  I
cherish every single moment I had in Germany . Thank You DAAD
once again.  


@France

My
eagerness to learn new things did not let me sit idle for 2 months at home this
summer.  So I came
here to work immediately after submitting my bachelor's thesis and I will have
to join in Oracle immediately after finishing this project. I am now doing an internship
in Telecom Bretagne ,  Rennes ,  France.  I am integrated in an ongoing French
Project called CORRIDOR (COgnitive Radio for Railway through Dynamic and
Opportunistic spectrum Reuse) which targets Modern Railways for which communication
demands are increasing from the point of view of railway operations as well as
for providing Internet Connectivity to the passengers.  

I just
started my work.  Everything is super
cool here except the temperature, which is falling below 12 degrees quite often.
 I thank Campus France for funding and
Oracle for encouraging me to take up this opportunity.  

Usefulness
of Foreign Internships:

As  mentioned earlier, Foreign Internships are
not only like doing some project,  but
they give us a chance to look at life in a different perspective.  Our attitude will change in terms of
priorities, lifestyle and richness of thoughts.  This is the first time a student comes out of his
comfort zone called "college" and 
have do everything on yout own.  Buy things
from supermarket (budget purchases ) and has to cook ,
clean the room.  And have the ability to stand
confident like an Individual professionally and personally.  

Coming
to professional life,  a student will get
lot of contacts ,  which are valuable for
 a person's professional growth.
 Maybe an international publication which
adds value to one’s resume.  Learn to be disciplined and well – organized  there and can implement the same learning upon
return to India.  Learn the formula
"WORK HARD,  PARTY HARD" and
mould oneself as a potential achiever of 
dreams (personal and professional).  

My
Experience:

Good
group dynamics are imparted in me .  Coffee-room of our lab group is the origin of a
lot of potential Ideas because every one of our research group used to meet very
often and discuss the progress of our work

and
take suggestions from the colleagues. The internship made me confident,  strong .  In my case ,  my internship prepared me perfectly to face
the challenges in my professional as well as personal life.  

Good
Luck. God Bless.  See you soon at Oracle!

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