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- Summer Internship at SIEMENS HealthineersEinklappen
Summer Internship at SIEMENS Healthineers
“What was your experience in Germany – surprising, fascinating, frustrating… How was your experience with Siemens? How did you benefit from the connection between our universities? …”
by Kim Pham
Interning in Germany has been an exhilarating experience. The opportunity to participate in an internship with the consulting group of Siemens Healthineers – Enterprise Transformation & Advisory Services (ETAS) was realized through the connection between my program, the University of Michigan Department of Health Management and Policy, and the Health Economics program of the University of Bayreuth. For that I am eternally grateful!
My objective this summer is to better understand the strategy and management of a worldwide leader in biotechnology and medical devices, and ETAS has delivered. My experience has been challenging and engaging, with equal exposure to long-term strategy and the nitty-gritty everyday operations. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Examples of projects I am working on include a data analytics initiative to analyze the U.S. HCUP NIS dataset, as well as providing support and knowledge for strengthening relationships with local and international universities, like hosting an international case study competition or a MedTech Seminar. Although it was initially intimidating to enter such a large corporation in a foreign country, Siemens has welcomed me with open arms, and I am honored to be here. Prior to arriving in Germany, I focused on adjusting my expectations, doing research, and keeping an open mind as I mentally prepared for the summer. Nothing could prepare me for the adventures that lie ahead though.
A couple of days after I landed, I was invited to the Erlanger Bergkirchweih. What an amazing introduction to Germany! With everyone donning dirndls and lederhosen, this was quite the festival experience to behold for a foreigner. It set the precedent for satisfying my wanderlust by visiting a new city each weekend. From exploring Nuremberg and Bamberg nearby, to venturing to Hamburg and the Bavarian Alps, it has been fascinating to hear what locals say about the language, culture, and traditions throughout different regions of Germany. This country has bewitched me with its charm.
Not all adventures were related to travel though. It was a tricky process comprehending the regulations regarding working permits, social health insurance coverage, registration for residency, banking practices, and conventional hours of operations. Thankfully, I have an amazing group of people here who have patiently assisted me in this transition. I am indebted to my colleagues and friends at Siemens and the University of Bayreuth for providing advice and support throughout my time here - without them, I would be lost.
I am grateful for the relationships I’ve formed, and am excited to see what’s in store for the the rest of my time here.
- From Michigan to Bayreuth - Impressions of a Summer InternshipEinklappen
From Michigan to Bayreuth - Impressions of a Summer Internship
by Molly Green, American Exchange Student, Master of Public Health Candidate, The University of Michigan School of Public Health
First comes the look of surprise, then the inevitable question: “so how do you like it?” After I tell people that I am spending my summer in Bayreuth for an internship for my master’s program, they are always very interested in how I feel about it. From the start of my time here, I have been able to respond with how much I am enjoying Bayreuth.
The city can really only be described as quaint-there are cobblestone streets, cafes, old buildings and huge parks. There is a train station and a central marketplace. There are many museums, two opera houses (because, you know, one just isn’t enough), clock towers and palaces. There are wonderful public gardens, and the surrounding countryside is covered in sloping fields and dark forests. Before my arrival, I had been told that Bayreuth was small, tiny even. I would very much disagree. With nearly 70,000 people and 13,000 students at the University, the town is thriving and diverse.
There are a ton of activities going on, both through the University of Bayreuth and the city itself. I spent an evening enjoying some of Bayreuth’s more than 30 museums for a mere 5 Euros. I went to the opening night of an exhibit about the Soviet influence in post-colonial Africa at the Iwalewahaus Museum. I’ve watched the German national soccer team as they’ve made their way through the UEFA 2016 Tournament. I’ve tested the bakeries and beer gardens, and even shared American culture with a brunch party one weekend. I continuously enjoy biking and taking long runs along the many pedestrian and bike paths that surround the city. I’ve tasted the fresh and local vegetables at the farmer’s market and even have a goal of trying every kind of Ritter Sport chocolate before I leave.
My time here this summer has not been limited to enjoying the food and culture of Bayreuth. I have been lucky enough to benefit from the strong connection and partnership between the Health Economics program of the University of Bayreuth and the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Not only have my colleagues here been extremely welcoming, they are also open to and excited about collaboration and cooperation in research and work. I have been invited to work together with both masters’ and doctoral students on a number of projects, and have had the chance to contribute meaningful work and ideas. The faculty in the Health Economics program have been extremely supportive and regularly go above and beyond to support students and their research and work. Through our work and partnership, we’ve been able to move beyond merely exchanging research articles on public health, and have established connections that truly facilitate the exchange of ideas and sharing of knowledge.
The time I have been able to spend at the University of Bayreuth working with students and faculty has truly helped to shape my experience this summer. I wasn’t sure what to expect before coming here, but I can say with certainty that my enjoyment of Bayreuth would not be the same without the wonderful, hospitable and dedicated people that I have been able to work with. So when asked the question “how do you like it here,” I can honestly and wholeheartedly respond with an exclamation of how great it has been.