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During the summer after my sophomore year, I worked at an IT Department for ZF Steering Systems (ZF Lenksysteme GmbH), an auto-supplier based in Schwaebisch Gmuend, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany. I found the internship through the Cultural Vistas Internship Program in Germany. As a German/American dual citizen, I was hoping to work in Germany after my positive experiences in the TU Berlin program the previous summer, and I wanted to take the opportunity to improve my business German competency and step out of my comfort zone to work abroad in a foreign environment. I was the first foreign intern that the IT department had ever had, so it definitely took some adjustment to acclimate myself to the work culture and develop a healthy relationship with everyone in the office.

Overall, I significantly expanded my programming knowledge and was able to develop interpersonal skills through working with consultants and in project teams. I also feel that I left a positive impression of what Michigan engineers are capable of and provided the IT department with a valuable Windows application that they still use to automate service request ticket processing.

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    At Neuschwanstein castle with co-interns Luke and Lena
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  • Justin Koehler

    Justin Koehler

    University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
    As an intern in the IT department, it was my responsibility to help implement a new service desk to organize and process internal service request information. I used Visual Studio to program a Windows application that sorts, displays, updates, and automatically prints data from the service desk. I implemented value stream mapping to restructure the flow of information throughout the company's global network. I analyzed ZFLS's implementation of an IT Center in China and used lean management concepts and cultural factors to make recommendations for the establishment of an IT center in Florence, Kentucky.


Study Abroad, Industrial & Operations Engineering

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