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Engineering Club Internship at Malia group

  Student blog by Zanwer Hasan, vice president of the Engineering Club The Engineering Club arranged many activities throughout this semester such as projects, workshops, competitions, and internships. In the previous semester, our engineering students visited Malia Group’s construction site of Magma Square Mall. This summer, the Engineering Club and Mr. Arsalan Anuar, Site Manager at Malia Group, organized internships for two sets of five students. The interns had the chance to apply their theoretical knowledge into a practical environment. They learned that while constructing an infrastructure, project management is vital to completing the work efficiently with good quality. Mr. Arsalan shared two important lessons with the students: how to manage a project, and, more importantly, to stay informed and up-to-date with the latest technology. From Mr. Amr Zuhr they learned how to use levels and how to use the tools for surveying as well as engineering knowledge outside of the main project such as building roads. Additionally, they learned how to make estimations and how to use tools in the lab, better cementing their theoretical knowledge. While the students gained a lot from this internship, they still have much to learn from experienced professional engineers but should not fear putting their best foot forward and to make mistakes while learning. The interns visited the construction site again in September to see the project’s progress. All interns will be provided with a certificate of completion. For those who are interested in an internship in the future, stay alert for announcements from the Engineering Club. Quotes from the participating students: “It was an opportunity for me as a student to gain practical work experience in the field of engineering, and to apply the theoretical parts of engineering I have learned in college into the real world. Also, it let me overcome the fear of not having enough knowledge to work and interact with professional engineers."  - Lavin Hassan Othman   "Working with the Malia Group was one of the most productive experiences I have had so far. We learned in a month what we could have learnt in almost 3 years. We got to learn what working on a construction site looks like, and how to deal with people that you work with, and most importantly, how to manage things and keep them all in order."- Hona Bestoon   “I have learned two main and great parts: the first one is how I could manage a project, mainly by being a good manager and to not show your muscles to the workers. Second, the most important one was a moral lesson, “Please, as an engineer, do not try to hide your information from the others."- Brwa Mohammed   “We've spent most of the time with Mr. Amr, he was from Akre. We were basically shown everything from designing and building the foundation of the buildings, to testing the concrete used in the project. I've learnt a lot from them, and with Mr. Amr we even talked about things outside the project, like how they build roads and how to use levels and tools to measure the areas we build on.” - Basta Seerwan   “It was really good and helpful for me. I have leant many things about foundations, surveying, concrete, post stationed, total station. And they helped us a lot by allowing us to participate in their work.”- Lelo Khaled   “This is my first internship and it was more than great. It helped me to understand the importance of the material I am studying and how it applies to the reality. Saying thank you is not enough because you gave us the opportunity to participate.”- Basman Najdat   “My experience at Malia Group was beneficial in many ways. For the first time since I’ve started studying Engineering I was able to see the theoretical part of my classroom lectures come to life. I saw how different parts of a building are constructed; foundations, columns, girders, slabs, walls, and the list go on. I was taught how to calculate estimations for concrete, steel, stair cases, tiles, and foundations. I learned how to level and use total station (which I had never heard of prior to the internship).  I was taken to the lab where I saw how they test the strength of concrete cubes. It was a great experience and I learned a lot!” - Soma Jamal   “With spending hours and hours under the sun you get to learn how to deal with life in a more mature way. Meeting new people, indirectly learning how to manage a construction site, enhancing team work ability and practically applying what we have been taught in the classrooms were truly a life changing experience.” - Mohammed Badeea  

My Internship at WesternZagros

This summer, I did an internship in WesternZagros, an oil company. Half of the staff is Canadian and the other half are local people. Having worked with the IT department of the company, I worked on different tasks such as providing IT support and making sure all staff members had access to a computer and internet, as their jobs were closely and directly operated by using those two. In addition, I worked on purchasing the needed equipment for the company, which involved going out to collect quotes from different vendors and then deciding which vendor offered the best quality and price for the equipment. Further, I wrote weekly reports about the different tasks throughout the week, gave two presentations about safety topics and attended the company meetings. I visited the construction site to have a close look at the actual work and have a better understanding of how an oil company works.  The internship was two months long. Toward the end of the period, I attended the Kurdistan Careers Conference, in which I was a representative of WesternZagros and answered job seeker’s questions about the possibilities of working there. This was another advantage through which I met many people with different cultural, social, educational and financial backgrounds. I experienced how it feels to stand behind the desk and tell what qualifications we are looking for to find in job seekers, as I was one of those who stood on the other side of the desk and looked for an internship until I found that opportunity with WesternZagros. Throughout the internship, I met very successful and helpful people, each with different background and different job skills. I was so comfortable working in this company as everyone treated me like an employee. This was my first time to work in a company, and I enjoyed every second of it. One of the skills that I have learned and obtained at AUIS was time management. There were some days in which I was given several tasks, and I managed time to complete all of them by the end of the day. Another skill I learned at AUIS and applied at WesternZagros was accomplishing tasks fast and effectively. This amazed all the staff members and my manager in particular found that extraordinary, not to mention the advantage of being exposed to an environment in which all my professors speak in English. My language skills helped me interact with all the Canadians easily and work with them. Everybody at the company was very friendly and welcoming. Everyone was good at their jobs and every time I needed to complete a task, they guided and taught me how to do it. Aside from work hours, I enjoyed different conversations with staff members about different subjects. All of these encouraged me to go to work even before the actual time of work. My internship with WesternZagros was an unforgettable and valuable work experience for me. The internship was useful because I learned how to be responsible for my own work and meet expectations. Most importantly, this internship helped motivate me to explore my passion for IT. It is worth mentioning that learning about each staff member’s work and thinking about how they work together and manage each department was interesting. Now that I have completed the determined time of my internship, I am so glad to put WZ work experience amongst other works in my CV and talk about it proudly among friends, family and in other places. At the end, I encourage every AUIS student to go on an internship before they graduate, and even if they have already gone on one, make it two or more because the more one experiences different work environments, the more he/she will be able to work confidently, effectively and give remarkable results. After all, what we learn in university is what we will apply in our future jobs, but the sooner we start implementing those theories and class contents into work the better and sooner we adapt to real-world work. I have accomplished my first work experience and more to come.

Engineering Students Complete Internship at Korek

The internship program included workshops and training programs, which were focused on the production of prototypes for a computer-based control system for the Grand Millennium Hotel in Sulaimani. At the end of the program, the students gave presentations on their final project to KES managers, AUIS engineering faculty members, and representatives of local companies. The students noted that many of those that attended would like to remain engaged with the students and their project. “Some of the company representatives that offered to extend their assistance to improve our ideas and researches,” said Shiraz Jalal, one of the AUIS engineering students who participated in the internship program, “as well as offering to supervise our capstone engineering project in the future.” Also attending the presentations was Professor Haydar Abdul-Razaq, a member of the AUIS faculty. He pointed out that the internship program was very competitive and only the students with the highest GPA were selected. “For the students that were selected, “Abul-Razaq said, “it was a great honor to be selected to participate in this program.” AUIS Professor Norman Armendariz, also attended the presentation and said that the students were great representatives for the University. “KES employees were quite impressed with the interns for being very quick to pick up and learn new things,” Armendariz said. “KES is now considering building a long-term relationship with AUIS to provide a regular internship program for the University’s engineering students.”
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