The school is now open for Autumn term and I think it’s time to write about what I had been during my summer. Three months of no classes is definitely a time every student looks forward to, every year, besides its summer and this was one of the best summers in the history of Stockholm. Well, some might call it bad and some might call it the best, it all really depends on how much sun one has been used to in the past. For me, personally, the summer was too warm. Thanks to the fan I had at home.
Europe is a land of possibilities to travel because of the powerful resident permit that we have, and summer is indeed the best time for those travel enthusiasts. But then, I didn’t spend my time on travels this summer, rather I was working as a summer intern throughout the entire time. While some of my friends chose to just chill around enjoying the sun at Stockholm, many traveled across Europe or went home, which is why I thought that it would be nice to share my experiences being a summer intern so that others could also get a quick sneak peek into the world of summer interns.
Fortunately, I had the opportunity to work for two big companies in Stockholm this summer. I know that it is definitely difficult to find two summer internships, but then, as I always say, Sweden is a country in which talents never go unrecognized, and for those with interest and some experience, opportunities just keep pouring in. I am not exaggerating this any bit, trust me. So, I ended up working for Scania and AVL during this summer. Initially, the plan was to work only for Scania but then Scania had a mandatory vacation in-between for a month, during which AVL welcomed me with open arms and a great project.
Apart from the decent money one can make, I value summer intern positions mainly for the learning one can have during this time of the year. Understanding the industry needs, and being in touch with current happenings and technologies in the industry is definitely something very invaluable. It gives a great perspective to plan your courses ahead and of course, it does look good on your CV.
So at Scania, I was working in the global Purchasing department for Sheet metals and Chassis. I know, this is indeed way out of my stream. But then, why not! I really wanted to explore things other than pure technical stuff. It was only when I actually started working there, I realized that it is a world of its own. I got great insights about how purchasing works, the processes involved, how communication is done with a supplier, be it from getting the quotation to negotiating the price, to quality control and delivery. I had the opportunity to thoroughly understand the entire process. It was a great opportunity for me to understand The Production Part Approval Process (PPAP), which is a standardized process in the automotive and aerospace industries that helps manufacturers and suppliers communicate and approve production designs and processes before, during, and after the manufacturing process. These are definitely not something I would learn from my courses. The work was not at all demanding, it was very leisurely paced and was extremely fun.
I made really amazing friends at Scania. The summer interns also had the opportunity to visit Scania’s production line. Do you know that it only takes 6 mins to assemble an entire Scania truck? I was awestruck to see it all in action. What amazed me even more, was when the truck was done, they put the key in and it started immediately. It almost never ever happens in the garage. It really motivated me as to where I should aim and reach with respect to quality as an engineer. The awesome family like colleagues, Friday Fikas and afterworks are definitely something that I would Cherish forever.
Well, to talk about my AVL experience, it was a solid technical work that I always enjoy. I consider myself really lucky to have gotten the opportunity to experience both technical and non-technical worlds in the automotive industry. At AVL, I had the chance to work with Hardware in Loop( HIL). It was a concrete project description that I was working at AVL. We were two summer interns, both from KTH who were involved in this project. Our task was to get this HIL up and running. While my specific task was to figure out the HIL with respect to AVL’s implementational needs. I was involved in interfacing a sensor and an actuator via HIL and worked with CAN communication protocol. I also played around with implementing a motor model on HIL and a model of a hybrid vehicle. It was extremely fun. I really enjoy doing hands-on technical work. And, AVL quenched that thirst of mine during the summer.
The everyday lunches, the badminton day out with colleagues, and the amazing industry contacts I had acquired, sure made my AVL experience unforgettable.
I kinda do have a feeling in my heart that I missed my chance to take a vacation to enjoy the summer. But, then, when I think about all the amazing experiences and the learning, vacation feels like something that can surely wait. These two jobs really boosted my interest in my courses and made me gear up with an extra fascination towards my stream. It’s always fun to know more, learn more and do more. I only wish I had the same enthusiasm towards my exams. I am working on it now 😉
I hope this post inspired you or at least gave you a little experience of my summer. I am gonna go travel during the next one for sure!