Thursday, April 2, 2015

USU student selected as intern for German company

By Sadie Hughes

Austin Derbique, a student at Utah State University, will board a plane to Munich, Germany on June 16 and won’t return until Sept. 1. Derbique will spend those two months as an intern for Infineon Technologies, a designer, manufacturer and supplier of semiconductors.

“Hopefully this internship brings some experience in the field and opens new doors in my future to bigger and better things,” Derbique said.

Derbique, a computer engineering major, will work in the radio and communications division of Infineon and said this type of work will be right up his field of study.

Daily responsibilities for Derbique will involve taking measurements of radio frequency waves, verifying that the electronic boards are working properly and using simulation tools for the electronic boards and documenting the results.

“I was looking for a motivated student,” said Thomas Bartl, the senior manager and head of project management at Infineon. “This internship will allow him to have practical hands-on experience in technical matters, intercultural experience and insights to company life.”

Derbique was the only intern selected this year, and Bartl hopes the opportunity will allow Derbique to build relationships within Infineon.

“Maybe he will join Infineon in the U.S. later after he graduates,” Bartl said. Infineon has several locations in the United States including California, North Carolina and Michigan.

The selection process consisted of sending documentation to Bartl including his passport, transcript and a resume.

“Even though it’s an English-speaking company, I've started to prepare by learning German,” Derbique said. “I'll be living in the culture as well. I won’t just be doing an internship.”

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