Internship Report - Stefan Eichberger E

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Eichberger StefanStefan EichbergerStefan Eichberger, October - December 2004


Field of study: Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

During several job experiences as a student and a young professional, I learned that a well-organized working environment that provides so much information even on the first day at work cannot be taken for granted. This is certainly true for the OST. Retrospectively, a lot of what I experienced on my first day at the OST points out what I now associate with the OST, i.e., professionalism, teamwork, flexibility, commitment, and respect.

From the very first, commitment is required and one is challenged to realize one’s true potential. As an intern you have to cope with a great variety of tasks, which suited me well. Besides my editorial responsibilities for bridges, I supported the OST team with my creative skills. I designed a new layout for the OST under the simple computer ID “OST7,” which was used for PowerPoint presentations, event invitations, the poster for the presentation of the “Scientist of the Year,” the CD booklet, and for Web site elements.

Three months at the OST have been an extraordinary experience, both on a personal and a professional level. If I were asked if I knew a truly enriching internship for committed and motivated young graduates, the Office of Science & Technology would certainly be my first choice. Despite the fact that the internship is basically unpaid, the actual return is of a considerably higher value, and is not transferable to a bank account.