Erfahrungen in den USA - als Stipendiat

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Erfahrungen in den USA - Berichte unserer Stipendiatin im Sommer 2016

Mandys Erfahrungen in den USA (Michigan)

Mandy war in den USA und hat ihr Praktikum in Saline, Michigan absolviert. Sie hatte eine tolle Zeit und hielt uns mit ihren Berichten regelmäßig auf dem Laufenden.

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Erfahrungen in den USA - Berichte unserer Stipendiaten im Herbst/Winter 2015/2016

Felix' Erfahrungen in den USA (Alabama)

Eindrücke aus 6 Monaten Alabama & New Jersey

"6 Monate Alabama - Das kann ja was werden", dachte ich mir vor Beginn meines Praktikums. Waffen, überdimensionale pickup trucks und ein unverständliches Kauderwelsch mit Englischähnlichkeit, das waren meine Klischee-Erwartungen. Dazu nur so viel: Es stimmt alles, aber nach ein paar Monaten beginnt man alle drei Dinge zu verstehen. Nach fast 24 Stunden Anreise (der regionale Flughafen von Mobile, AL, ist nur über größere Umwege von Deutschland aus zu erreichen) kam ich dann endlich im bible belt an. Was mich sofort positiv überraschte war, dass überall Palmen stehen und der Gesamteindruck sehr grün ist, wohingegen ich in meiner (zugegeben etwas naiven) Wildwestvorstellung doch eher tumbleweed und Prairie erwartet hatte. Ein Gefühl was mich vom ersten bis zum letzten Tag begleitete setzte direkt ein: Ist man, so wie ich, affin zur US-Medienindustrie und ihren Produktionen (Filme, Serien etc.), fühlt man sich, ist man dann mal wirklich länger in den USA, konstant wie in einem Kinofilm. Überall die Klischeehäuser, dort der ein Cheerleader, hier ein Mann der am Flughafen mit Cowboystiefeln, Cowboyhut und star sprangled banner Halstuch herumläuft. Die Erkenntnis dass "US-Klischee-Filme" für Amerikaner einfach nur korrekte Darstellungen ihres alltäglichen Lebens darstellen (natürlich etwas aufpoliert), war für mich "eye opening".



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Erfahrungen in den USA - Berichte unserer Stipendiaten Frühjahr 2015

Marlenes Erfahrungen in den USA (New York)

Ein Einblick in die New Yorker Modeindustrie

Eine Stadt, die für mich als Modestudentin schon immer ein Traum war, wird für 6 Monate mein neuer Wohnsitz. Im Februar ging es los Richtung JFK, New York und am 2. März 2015 begann mein Praktikum bei Marc Jacobs International. Natürlich war ich total aufgeregt, zwar hatte ich schon einige Praktika zuvor gemacht, allerdings noch keins im Ausland. Meine Chefin und das ganze Team haben mich sehr offen und nett empfangen. Ich habe mich direkt wohl gefühlt. Es war auch nicht so, wie man es aus amerikanischen Filmen kennt.

Meine Aufgaben bestanden darin, meine Chefin, die für den Einkauf aller Zutaten verantwortlich war, zu unterstützen. In diesem Fachgebiet hatte ich bisher noch keine Erfahrungen gesammelt, daher war viel neu für mich und ich konnte einiges lernen. Da die Kollektionen immer ausgefallener werden, gibt es von zu Saison zu Saison mehr Zutaten die wichtig werden. Ich kümmerte mich um angelieferte Bestellungen, diese mussten geprüft und abgezeichnet werden. Fehlbestände oder Extralieferungen mussten erfasst werden. Mit Hilfe eines Produkt-Daten-Management Systems (PDM) hatte ich jederzeit vollen Überblick über die Kollektionen. Stückzahlen und die jeweiligen Zutaten waren alle hinterlegt und für mich einsehbar. Sobald alle Zutaten im Headquarter in New York angekommen waren, mussten alles ausgepackt und für die jeweiligen Produktionsstätten, die hauptsächlich ihren Sitz in Midtown (NY) hatten, aufgeteilt werden. Dabei ging es um das exakte zählen oder wiegen von Knöpfe, Reißverschlüsse, Haken und Ösen, Borten, Kordeln, Saumbändern, Bundverstärkungen, Pailletten, Steinen, Schnallen, Perlen und Garnen.



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Erfahrungen in den USA - Berichte unserer Stipendiaten Herbst / Winter 2014/2015

Christines Erfahrungen in den USA (St. Louis, Missouri)

Regretting? – No way!

My name is Christine Weiss. I am 22 years old and I study Biotechnology at Hochschule Mannheim – University of Applied Science. Under the Bachelor study curriculum, every student is required to complete a practical semester to gain further practical experiences and learn application-specific methods. I decided to complete my practical semester in an English speaking country because English is a very important language in biomedical science. With the help of my biostatistics professor, I was accepted to a lab in the Department of Pediatrics at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, for six months. I received my acceptance in June 2014. Since then I became more excited every day about the upcoming adventure but I also had a lot to prepare. Being half a year abroad needs some preparation, including applying for a visa. That is why I got in touch with TravelWorks. I am really thankful for their help and support during the J1-visa application. The final step of this whole visa application was to go to the Embassy of the United States in Frankfurt to finally request the J1-visa. My visa was approved by the Embassy in early December and my semester abroad was no longer just an imaginary dream but was really going to happen.



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Radinas Erfahrungen in den USA (Palo Alto, Kalifornien)

To summarize it in just one word... "Wow!"

My name is Radina and I am coming from the old capital of Bulgaria – Veliko Tarnovo. I have completed my Bachelor studies in Business Administration at the University of Mannheim, Germany. After successful graduation as a Bachelor of Science, I have decided to pursue a Master degree and have enrolled in the Master Program at the University of Mannheim with majors in Operations Management and Information Systems (OPM & IS). Next to specializing in OPM & IS I was also working as a working student at SAP SE – a German software corporation well-known for its enterprise software. SAP is headquartered in Walldorf, with over 74.000 employees worldwide and regional offices in 130 countries. Collaborating in such a diversified and international company, I was not only able to put my knowledge into practice but furthermore develop my team and soft skills.



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Dominiques Erfahrungen in den USA (Northville, Michigan)

It was a time full of new experiences and memorable impressions!

My name is Dominique Bernhardt and I‘m 25 years old. I‘m studying Business Administration and Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin and decided to do an internship abroad one year ago. I applied for an internship in the Finance Department at ZF North America, Inc. and received the acceptance on February 21th, 2014. ZF North America, Inc. is a German automotive supplier, which is located in Friedrichshafen (Germany). ZF is developing and producing powertrains, chassis components and electronic systems for cars and commercial vehicle as well as industrial technologies. The headquarter of North America, Inc. is located in Northville, Michigan. Northville is located near the motor city Detroit. There are a lot of other locations around the United States e.g. in Marysville (MI), Lapeer (MI), Gainesville (GA), Gray Court (SC) or Miramar (FL). Before I left Germany, I had to apply for a J1-visa. I got the information about different host organizations, who issue the necessary documents for a visa. I decided for Travelworks, because I read a lot of reports and got the recommendation from ZF North America, Inc. For successfully applying you have to fill out an application form and send additional documents e.g. transcript of records and your work contract to the host organization. After the documents had been approved, they have been sent to the United States for issuing the DS-2019. At the end of the application process I went to the Embassy of the United States in Berlin and requested the J1-Visa. During the whole time I got support from Travelworks. They responded to mails very quickly and took care of all the things you are asking for.



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Martins Erfahrungen in den USA (Philadelphia)

Internship in Philadelphia

Martin war in den USA und hat sein Praktikum in Philadelphia gemacht. Nicht nur die Arbeit hat ihm sehr viel Spaß gemacht. Er hat auch ziemlich viel erlebt und hat tolle Orte bereist. Seinen Erfahrungsbericht findest Du hier. Intern in Human Resources (f/m)



Erfahrungen in den USA - Berichte unserer Stipendiaten Herbst/Winter 2013/2014

Lisas Erfahrungen in den USA (New York)

Ein Wintermärchen in New York

New York- immer nur ein großer Traum gewesen. Einmal dort hin! In eine Stadt voll Zauber, Erlebnis, Fülle und Übergröße. Der Ort der großen Filme, the „place to be“! Und plötzlich stand ich wirklich dort. Naja, nun gut, nicht ganz so plötzlich, da doch viele Vorbereitungen und Hürden im Vorfeld gemeistert werden mussten, aber im Endeffekt ging dann doch alles ganz schnell. Nach gefühlten Ewigkeiten der Einreise am John F. Kennedy-Airport ging es hinein in das große Abenteuer. Und bereits die Taxifahrt zu meiner Unterkunft für die nächsten 4 Monate erwies sich als dieses. Aber ich kam heil, mitten in Manhattan, auf der Upper East Side an. Man wird überall mit viel Freundlichkeit und Geduld empfangen und sobald man stehen bleibt und sich etwas verwirrt oder suchend umschaut steht sofort jemand neben einem und fragt ob er helfen könne. Ich konnte mich demnach recht schnell in meinem Umfeld einfinden.


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Lisas Erfahrungen in den USA (Novi, Michigan)

It has been six months full of new experiences.

This would be the answer if someone wants me to describe the last half year in just one sentence. My name is Lisa-Katharina Mayer. I‘m studying Technology and Management at the Technical University of Munich. I am 23 years old and I‘ve spent the last 6 months in Novi, Michigan, United States, doing an internship in Finance/Controlling at MTU America Inc. (MTU America). MTU America, formerly known as Tognum America., is a wholly owned subsidiary of Germany‘s Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG. MTU America is responsible for the sales and service of engines and systems in North and Latin America. It has offices in Novi, Houston, Washington DC, San Leandro, CA; St. Rose, LA and Miami, FL. In addition it has state-of-the art production facility in Graniteville, SC. Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG is a specialist for large engines, propulsion systems and distributed energy systems, and previously operated under the name of Tognum AG.



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Thomas' Erfahrungen in den USA (New Bern, North Carolina)

It was a dream of mine.

It was always a dream of mine to do an internship or semester abroad in the USA. As I started to apply in March last year, I figured out that it isn't as easy as I thought. But in the end, B/S/H/ – Bosch and Siemens Home Appliances Corporation in New Bern, North Carolina gave me the opportunity to make this dream come true. 23rd August 2013, 7:15pm EST, 86°F (30°C), New Bern, North Carolina. An invisible wall hit me, it was really hot and humid. Michael, one of the older interns picked me up from the airport and we drove to Walmart, where we bought some necessary things, before we went to a farewell party where I met all the other interns, co-ops and expats. My first house party in the states, barbecue and party all over the place, it was like I've seen it in movies. We got up early the next day to start our first trip to the Outer Banks, a group of islands in the Atlantic Ocean with no civilization, pure nature, wild horses and nice beaches. We built up our tents and had a great time there.



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Erfahrungen in den USA - Berichte unserer Stipendiaten 2012

Kristinas Erfahrungen in den USA (Detroit, Michigan)

You're going to Detroit, are you crazy?

I heard that question quite often when I told my friends I would be going abroad for an internship in Detroit, Michigan at ThyssenKrupp Materials NA, Inc (TKMNA). They remembered that Detroit as a very dangerous city like they have seen in the movie 8 Mile. The remains of the once famous Motor City still can be seen in downtown Detroit. Old empty office buildings, shabby and abandoned houses lacking public transportation are the last signs of a once flourishing American automobile industry. I was also told to be careful in certain areas, which are well known for crime. Fortunately I mainly encountered the unique and beautiful areas of Detroit and its suburbs during my 10 month stay.





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Hagens Erfahrungen in den USA (Gainesville, Georgia)

Intership in Gainsville
After finishing my last exam of my studies I decided to have an internship abroad before starting to write my bachelor thesis. That's why I applied for an internship to several companies all over the world. In the end I decided to have my internship with ZF Industries in Gainesville. Gainesville is a small town located in Georgia next to Atlanta in the South of the USA.

The reason why I choose a plant in an English speaking country is pretty easy to explain. First, I wanted to improve my English skills. Before starting my internship abroad I had a good theoretical knowledge about the English language but a missing practical use. Second, I wanted to get to know the American culture and the 'American way of life'. As part of my studies I took part in an Intercultural Negotiation Skills & Business Behavior course where I learned a lot about different cultures in theory. Now I wanted to get to know the cultural differences in practice. Besides that, my aims were to get a general overview of the processes in a global concern as well as an understanding about communication and work between different locations.


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Erfahrungen in den USA - Berichte unserer Stipendiaten 2011

Timos Erfahrungen in den USA (Duncan, South Carolina)

Summer in South Carolina
When I got the acceptance for an internship with the ZF Lemforder Corporation in South Carolina I was looking forward to a pretty and warm summer. When I arrived on the 1st of April the weather was like a nice summer day in Germany. I thought this would be the weather for the next five months. Today I know this wasn't true. It became hotter and hotter and now in August the thermometer shows sometimes a three digit temperature. I am truly grateful that here almost every building is air conditioned and that I have beautiful pools in my neighborhood.




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Anne-Christins Erfahrungen in den USA (Washington, D.C.)

My new home
On 27th of December I left my home town Nuremberg for Washington, D.C, the capital of the US. After arrival I spend the first days in D.C. searching for a place to stay and I found a nice room in a house of an American lady. During my four month stay in this house, I had several room-mates from Germany who were interns at the German Embassy or other German Institutions. I really enjoyed having house-mates who worked at different places. This gave all of us the possibility to get to know other people


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Erfahrungen in den USA - Berichte unserer Stipendiaten Sommer/Herbst 2010

Ruperts Erfahrungen in den USA (New Bern, North Carolina)

I arrived in New Bern, North Carolina on Friday, July the 30th...
When I exited the airport I was totally surprised how hot and beautiful the summer in North Carolina was. After all the work that has to be done to get an internship and a visa for the United States I was immediately sure it was worth the effort.

My roommate for the next 6 months -an IT-Student from Augsburg- and another German intern picked me up from the airport and we drove to my apartment through the small but beautiful city. New Bern is a typical southern-state city where almost all houses are made of bricks, the streets are full of Pick-Up trucks and big SUVs and a lot of people still speak in this funny chewing gum accent.

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Judiths Erfahrungen in den USA (Irvine, California)

Hello from Southern California!
I got here roughly 6 months ago and my time in the US is almost over. However, I am excited to write a short report about my live, my work, and some of the invaluable experiences I have had during the past semester.

It all started on the 1st of August 2010, when I flew from Frankfurt, Germany to Orange County, California, with a stopover in Dallas, Texas. My roommate, who I met on "craigslist.org" (by the way, a very useful website for finding a place to stay, a car, furniture, etc.), picked me up at the nearby airport. The first week I basically spent settling in, exploring the area and doing some bureaucratic things, which had to be done. Also, I bought a car from a co-worker's friend - big coincidence that there was someone selling a car at the time I arrived.
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Erfahrungen in den USA - Berichte unserer Stipendiaten im Winter/Frühling 2010


Come here and enjoy your time! California is awesome!

Carolins Erfahrungen in den USA (Long Beach, California)

Because I wanted to have more practical experience in the field of Human Resources, before I graduate from school, I decided to look for an internship. My boyfriend's admission to study abroad in California for one semester had already been confirmed, and for this reason I tried to get an internship also in the USA.

It didn't seem to be easy to succeed in this project, but in the end I got a positive answer! Being able to do an internship in my field of interest, and at the same time being able to be in the USA to improve my English skills, was a great opportunity. I applied to several companies, mostly without success. But finally, I was very lucky, because my internship would take place in the exact same city where my boyfriend was going to study. ...

Carolins vollständiger Bericht über ihre Erfahrungen in den USA liegt hier zum Download für Sie bereit als PDF

I would definitely do it again, but next time I would stay a longer period of time.

Felix' Erfahrungen in den USA (New York City, New York)

On the 15th of January I arrived at Newark Airport in New York. After the normal checkout procedure I took the train to the city. As soon as I exited Penn Station on 34th Street in Manhattan I was just stunned. Of course I have seen the skyline and the city before in magazines, films and TV series but once you are there for real, it just blows you away! It was already dark and the city was shining in its bright lights. Yellow cabs were rushing by and honking. It was the lively and amazing city I had imagined.

I found somebody in Manhattan via couchsurfing.org who let me stay at his place for the first nights untill I find an apartment on my own. After I caught my breath again I got a cab and went a few blocks uptown. ...

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