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Alumni in Singapore organize internships for students

Seven motivated students traded Groningen for Singapore last summer to gain international work experience. The Work Experience Program (WEP) was organized by the RUG Alumni Chapter in Singapore.

Businesses Shell, Heineken, Compass Energy, Vopak, Lemnis Lighting and KatalystM each put a RUG student to work for two months. The bachelor and master students each had their own assignment they worked on from their own perspective: finance, international business and management, economics, marketing or law. Maarten Wetselaar, president of the alumni chapter in Singapore supervised the intern at Shell : "Our trainee was curious, social, smart and driven and gave a good contribution to Shell. The internship has exceeded our expectations. "

Marketing student Lan Huang worked for Lemnis Lighting this summer a young and fast-growing company about to undergo a name change. Lan made the preparations for the campaign. "I got a lot of responsibilities and trust from the CEO and chairman. In the beginning it was challenging, but I was able to apply a lot of knowledge that I have gained from my studies. Everyone treated me as a valuable employee. It was a precious experience for me and it really encourages me to pursue my interests in marketing, communication and design.”

Regan Turner, a fresh University graduate Energy and Climate went to work for Compass Energy, where she developed a Contracting Guideline for project managers. She learned that legal solutions do not always go hand in hand with commercial goals. Turner: “I interviewed experienced individuals in the Oil and Gas, Marine and Shipping industries, some explained the process at great detail – which really helped. It also allowed me to expand my social circle, get to understand different cultures and social norms.”

RUG students and alumni meetin Singapore
RUG students and alumni meetin Singapore

Students were connected to each other and alumni by a social program. “ W e met a lot of amazing people who shared similar memories of the RUG in Groningen. It made us feel so warm in Singapore.”

The internship program is an initiative of the RUG Alumni Chapter Singapore. Through their networks they found interested companies. Maarten Wetselaar and Marie Hélène van Houten, of the board of the alumni chapter look back with enthusiasm: "We wanted to give something back to our wonderful university, that also contributed to our own development. The experience of the students was extremely positive. All arrived with an open mind, motivated and eager to learn. They quickly formed a cohesive group, despite various nationalities and academic backgrounds. The university binds people, for infinity! "

The alumni chapters are an initiative of the Ubbo Emmius Fund. The Ubbo Emmius Fund supported the Chapter with the organization of the internship program.

Last modified:11 January 2018 3.57 p.m.