SAP SE is a German MNC that manages large scale enterprise software for businesses. I spent three months at the headquarters in Germany where I was given the opportunity to intern at the Innovation Center Network together with another intern, Crystal. We were tasked to develop a new solution with a supportive team spearheaded by my supervisor. To cultivate our solution, we collaborated with various external corporations in Europe to identify existing processes in their business which our solution could potentially improve. Using a design thinking methodology, we developed multiple prototypes with the help of our friendly colleagues and supervisor. This internship was a great avenue to perfect our business and technical skills. Also, being immersed in different culture was amazing. We explored many places in Germany (even France) and took part in many festivals and events such as the Oktoberfest at Munich.
Chen Wei Jian, Year 3
Interned at SAP SE, Germany
My internship was at Merck & Co - Bridgewater, New Jersey, where I worked under the digital product and solutions department. Alongside two other interns from REP, Le Yi and Gideon, our objective was to develop a native iOS app that supports Merck’s internal processes. It was an invaluable experience as we took part in various stages of the software development life-cycle, from solicitation of user requirements to application testing. Despite facing a steep learning curve, we eventually surpassed expectations, all thanks to the generous guidance from our supervisors. During our internship, Merck was also hit by the NotPetya malware attack and we participated first-hand in the crisis recovery process. It was surely a unique eye-opener to see how a large-scale cyberattack is being dealt with. Overall, I feel that the skills I have learnt at Merck have benefited me and I had great fun interning at Merck, as well as visiting New York City on the weekends!
Thomas Tham Ting Hoi, Year 4
Interned at Merck & Co, New Jersey, USA
During my international year in San Francisco Bay Area, US, I did a 10-week internship with Origami Robotics Inc. as a tech intern. Origami Robotics Inc. is committed to provide teaching solutions to educators within the autistic community, in the form of a carefully-designed talking robot called Romibo. Through my internship, I had front-row seats to the local start-up industry, as well as hands-on experience with the design, marketing and engineering aspects behind the Romibo project. With the careful and heartfelt guidance of my mentor Jared, I was able to learn from and contribute to the autism community. My experience was bountiful by many measures, and I am very appreciative of this rare exposure to a meaningful overseas work environment.
Wee Ting Yit, Year 4
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Interned at Origami Robotics, Berkeley, USA
My internship was with Becton Dickinson (BD) under the Medication and Procedural Solution business unit. I was tasked to modify the surface textures of elastomeric rubber and analyze its effects on friction. The learning curve was steep initially, considering that I am specializing in chemical engineering and my research area is on materials. Fortunately, I had a very helpful supervisor who attended to my enquiries even when he was on a short business trip and vacation. The more experienced colleagues there were very approachable, and they would willingly share their experiences and give me some career and travel advices. The other interns were also friendly and we had fun participating in our very own ping pong tournament. BD is located at Franklin Lakes in New Jersey, and Manhattan is just about an hour away from where I stayed. It was certainly my most exciting summer so far.
Bobie Arifin,Year 5
Interned at Becton, Dickinson & Company (BD), New Jersey, USA
My internship at McLaren Applied Technologies focused on profiling the Decision Support System (DSS) market, for the purpose of formulating future market development strategies. As a whole, the work provided me with very relevant insights and matured my perspective of the industry. In my 11 weeks there, I got to know the working culture of the company and how the entire organisational structure of McLaren synergizes to achieve their vision. In addition, I was absorbed into the Formula One hype, got to see many of the cars up close, and even experience the Singapore GP from the other perspective!
Gabriel Chin, Year 5
Interned at McLaren Applied Technologies, Woking, UK
De-Ice Technologies is a startup founded by MIT graduates that removes ice from airplanes before take off. Brought on as the sole intern with an aerospace engineering background, I was able to capitalise on my technical knowledge from NTU, knowledge of the aviation industry and entrepreneurship from UC Berkeley to do aircraft analysis, from electrical systems to aircraft ownership and FAA regulations. While having brilliant, young supervisors created a fun working environment, the startup culture was amplified by the shared office and prototyping space at Greentown Labs near Boston since we could also interact with over 40 other cleantech hardware startups and build connections on top of our monthly networking event. The location meant that on weekends we could explore New England and America’s colonial past or visit New York City or Montreal while meeting people from Harvard and MIT. My internship was extremely fulfilling, both professionally and to complete the US experience.
Nath Sudswong, Year 5
Interned at De-Ice Technologies, Inc., Boston, USA