Class of 2016
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  Joanna Leng

Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand
Effective Research, London
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Joanne Leng is a recent graduate of Auckland University of Technology where she pursued a Bachelor of Business with a major in International Business & Management. She did her co-op with Effective Research in London. Joanna had this to say about her experience “The placement with London-based Effective Research, as an Online Project Management/Client Development intern for three months, pushed me outside my comfort zone. Working in a multinational team of Colombian, Italian, Spanish and English members, Joanna was also dealing with clients from all over the world. Cross-cultural skills are crucial in our globalised business world and this easily transferable skill will benefit me in my future career.”

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Effective Research is a company passionate about delivering high-quality online quantitative and qualitative research solutions. Alan Hargreaves Managing Director/Co-Founder, Effective Research, London had this to say about Joanne “Joanna showed very strong communication skills and had a good base of both education and experience that allowed her to be fully involved in her role from day one. We were looking for someone with good organisational and communication skills who was a quick learner and self-starter. Joanna had these skills in place and we helped further develop them.”
         
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  Aurimas Jankaskas

University of Limerick
DLR, the German Aerospace Centre
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Mr. Aurimas Jankaskas a third year student at the University of Limerick, Ireland, is majoring in a Bachelor of Engineering in Aeronautical Engineering and plans to pursue a career in the aircraft design field and pursue his interest for R&D in the areas of materials. He did an eight month co-op/internship with DLR, the German Aerospace Centre in Hamburg, Germany. While there he worked on many interesting and innovative projects as part of his co-op experience. He felt the overall experience was very beneficial and will greatly support him as he moves forward with his career.

“My Coop placement at DLR, Air Transportation Systems Institute, was very beneficial and I have learned a lot working with such a prestigious institution. Not only I got used to the day to day professional environment, but I also improved my current skills and learned new ones such as time management, report writing, analytical skills, etc. This experience also helped me to broaden my career choices as I have discovered new engineering fields and helped identify research as a potential career area. I feel I now have a professional network which will prove useful in the future.”

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Aurimas Jankaskas worked for DLR, the German Aerospace Centre located in Hamburg. It is the national center for aerospace, energy and transportation research in Germany. It is headquartered in Cologne and has other multiple locations across Germany where other University of Limerick’s students are also place. DLR has approximately 7400 employees. They have been an employer with the University of Limerick, Ireland, Co-op/internship program for the past two years and have employed 7 students since the beginning of our partnership.
         
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  Shane Newman

University of Limerick
Credit Suisse Funds Services
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Mr. Shane Newman a fourth year student at the University of Limerick, Ireland, is majoring in a Bachelor of Business Accounting and Finance and plans to pursue a career in consulting in the financial sector. He did an eight month co-op/internship with Credit Suisse Funds Services in Luxembourg. While there, he worked in the Fund structuring Department dealing with clients and reporting on specific funds as part of his co-op experience. He felt the overall experience was very beneficial and will greatly support him as he moves forward with his career.

“Having partaken in an 8 month international work placement, I have gained strong knowledge of the international banking sector. Thanks to my work experience, I have already secured a three and a half year graduate role in my number one choice firm, KPMG Consulting. Having done three interviews, the most common point of interest for all was the experience I have gained, noting that all interviewers had a particular interest in the international element of my placement. I have undoubtedly built some great professional relationships in Luxembourg as well as outside of work including the opportunity to connect with the Irish Ambassador to Luxembourg. Under his lead, I have organised a networking event attended by all UL students in Luxembourg at the Embassy, to which he expressed an interest in continuing the tradition each year”.

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Shane Newman worked for Credit Suisse Funds Services in Luxembourg. It is the leading financial services company advising clients on all aspects of finance across the globe. It is headquartered in Zurich and has operations in over 50 countries. They have been an employer with the University of Limerick, Ireland, Co-op/internship program for the past five years and have employed 12 students since the beginning of our partnership.
         
Class of 2014
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  Christina Marchand
Christina@FullSoul.ca
University of Waterloo
Save the Mothers
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Christina Marchand is a very recent graduate of the University of Waterloo majoring in Health Studies. In 2013, Christina spent a co-op term in Uganda with Save the Mothers, where she helped to deliver 200 babies and raised awareness about maternal health issues. This life-changing experience led to Christina’s founding FullSoul Canada, a company that sells luxury items to raise money for hospital supplies in Uganda.

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Save the Mothers, Christina’s employer while she worked in Uganda, is an international organization that equips professionals – from a wide array of disciplines – in developing countries to improve the health of mothers and babies. Through their specific vocations, graduates of their Master in Public Health Leadership program become influencers for positive societal change, working to overcome preventable maternal death. Dr. Jean Chamberlain, Executive Director of Save the Mothers, said this about Christina: “Christina is a fantastic communicator -- both for the discouraged midwife in rural East Africa who Christina encourages to continue to help voiceless mothers... to the large crowd of Canadians who have gathered to hear Christina share her experiences. Her dedication to saving the lives of mothers and their babies around the world is inspiring. I'm confident that as she moves through her career, her influence will only grow stronger and deeper.”
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  Adrian Field
10102612@studentmail.ul.ie
University of Limerick
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Adrian, a fourth year student at the University of Limerick, Ireland, is majoring in a Bachelor of Business with major in Accounting and Finance and plans to pursue a career in Auditing and Assurance services. He did an eight months co-op/internship with Ernst & Young in Luxembourg. He felt the overall experience was very beneficial and will greatly support him as he moves forward with his career. "My co-operative work placement with EY Luxembourg has been the first stepping stone of my career. I spent eight months working in the Assurance department where I developed many technical accounting skills and acquired a wealth of business knowledge. The most rewarding aspect of my work placement has been learning how to perform and work in an international business setting and work with many different nationalities (EY Luxembourg employs over 40 different nationalities). I now have the skills I need to be successful with my career when I graduate".

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Adrian worked for Ernst & Young located in Luxembourg. The company is a leading multinational professional services firm headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It was the third largest professional services firm in the world by aggregated revenue in 2012 and is one of the "Big Four" accounting firms. They have been an employer with the University of Limerick, Ireland, Co-op/internship program for the past nine years and have employed over 30 students.
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  Kevin Tattan
10124683@studentmail.ul.ie
University of Limerick
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Kevin, a fourth year student at the University of Limerick, Ireland, is majoring in a Bachelor of Science in Sport and Exercise Sciences and plans to pursue a career in strength & conditioning and analytics aspects of elite sport. He did an eight months co-op/internship with West Coast Eagles Football Club in Australia. He felt the overall experience was very beneficial and will greatly support him as he moves forward with his career. “My time on Co-Op placement enhanced my foundational knowledge I received at university; allowed for access of all areas of an elite sports team, learning from the world leading experts in each domain of sport science; I also gained important contacts and valuable networking opportunities. I was provided with both challenging and exciting work with high levels of responsibility and accountability. As well as that, Co-Op prepares you for necessary real-world everyday skills such as organisation, punctuality, and using common sense. By travelling abroad you also get to exposure of different cultures, meet new people, go outside your comfort zone, and make life-long friends, which may be the most rewarding aspect of the whole experience.”

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Kevin worked for the West Coast Eagles Football Club located in Australia. The company is an Australian rules football club based in Perth, Western Australia, currently playing in the Australian Football League (AFL). They have been an employer with the University of Limerick, Ireland, Co-op/internship program for the past nine years and have employed 11 students so far.
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  Thomas McNamara
11113898@studentmail.ul.ie
University of Limerick
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Thomas, a third year student at the University of Limerick, Ireland, is majoring in a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering and plans to pursue a career in Research and Development. He did an eight months co-op/internship with Alstom in Switzerland. He felt the overall experience was very beneficial and will greatly support him as he moves forward with his career. “I feel this international placement was of great benefit for my career prospects. It enabled me to get a greater insight into the working life of an engineer. The ability of going abroad was also a great cultural experience and allowed me to meet people from all over the world.”

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Thomas worked for Alstom located in Switzerland. The company is a global leader in power generation, power transmission and rail infrastructure. Switzerland is one of the key countries within the Alstom Group, both as headquarters of the Thermal Power sector, and as a research and competence centre as well as a production location for high-tech components. They have been an employer with the University of Limerick, Ireland, Co-op/internship program for the past year and have employed only one student so far.
         

 

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  Katrin Gleichauf
katringleichauf@gmail.com
Auckland University of Technology, Aukland, New Zealand
New Zealand Association for Cooperative Education
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Katrin majored in International Business in the Bachelor of Business program at AUT University in Auckland, New Zealand. She has a New Zealand Grade Point Average of 7.4. In her program at
AUT, Co-operative Education is required for her degree. Katrin completed a nine-week co-operative education placement with Oldenburger Yacht Interiors in Dinklage, Germany. Her assignments included working as a project assistant on a yacht refit in Spain, work in sales, the calculations department and managed the installation team on site. Katrin says of her experience “This provided me with the
opportunity to work in an international, fast paced and creative environment and prepared me
excellently for my future career.”

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Oldenburger Yacht Interiors specializes in high-end interiors, which are found in some of the world’s
more prestigious yachts. The award winning company with its highly skilled employees offers a turnkey service to their international clients and manages to delight them with innovative ideas and solutions. Katrin’s supervisor has the following to say about Katrin. “With her pleasant and engaging personality
Ms. Gleichauf integrated herself very quickly into the Oldenburger Yacht Interior team. She works completely independently and very responsibly and manages to quickly and efficiently complete the tasks to the full satisfaction of her managers and clients. We are looking forward with great interest to her
future development in our company.”


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  Harrison Bartlett
harrisonbartlett@gatech.edu
Georgia Institute of Technology
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Harrison is a senior at Georgia Institute of Technology majoring in Biomedical Engineering. He currently carries a 4.0 Grade Point Average. Harrison completed an internship in the summer of 2013 at Space Applications Services in Brussels, Belgium where he worked in the area of robotic exoskeleton design. He currently plans to pursue a PhD in Mechanical Engineering in order to accomplish his long-term goals of performing robotic exoskeleton research and development. Harrison states “My international experience expanded my view of the world and other cultures. Additionally, through the work experience, I learned a great deal of scientific and professional knowledge and my career aspirations and goals were reaffirmed.”

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Space Applications Services N.V. is an independent Belgian space technology company, founded in 1987, whose aim is to develop innovative systems, solutions and products for the aerospace markets and related industries. Main business lines include novel space system concepts, ground segments, human machine interfaces, robotic applications, and space systems operation. Jeremi Gancet, Robotic Systems Team Leader for Space Applications Services says of Harrison “Harrison is clearly the best student we have hosted and worked with so far. He was highly professional in his interactions with Space Applications staff, showed initiative when working on projects and demonstrated outstanding proactive and creative skills. I would very much like him to consider a long duration position in our company. I think Harrison fully deserves to become a member of the WACE Honor Society and I give him my highest recommendation.”
         
         
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