IIP Placements in Germany
Offered in Partnership with the Department of German
The German Summer Work Program (SWP) is administered through the International Internship Program (IIP) in coordination with the Department of German and the Princeton Alumni Association in Germany. It offers a variety of jobs in Germany and Austria (in Berlin and in the regional cities). For more than 50 years, the Princeton German Department’s Summer Work Program has offered Princeton students a unique opportunity to improve their language skills while learning about Germany or Austria. SWP interns live in a typical environment and learn, through everyday contact, about people’s attitudes, values, and aspirations. They become part of the country’s work force and are integrated into its social structure.
Location: TBD, Germany
Honeywell is a Fortune 100 company that invents and manufactures technologies to address challenges linked to global macrotrends such as safety, security, and energy. With approximately 132,000 employees worldwide, including more than 19,000 engineers and scientists, Honeywell focuses on quality, delivery, value, and technology. Honeywell’s ability to continually improve comes from successfully achieving two tasks at once: productivity and growth. Honeywell's global processes --or enablers--are Honeywell’s core internal business processes that drive efficiency and service quality. Enablers bring products and services to market faster and more cost-effectively for customers. Honeywell has four business units that include aerospace products and services, automation and control solutions, performance materials and technologies, and transportation systems. Honeywell is one of only a handful of companies worldwide capable of making the huge linear program models that are used in the planning of giant petrochemical complexes. The IIP intern will contribute to a course that Honeywell provides to mature students that is called Refining Economics. This course provides understanding of all the following aspects of the oil business that include: Industry & Market Overview, Market Analysis Methodology, Refinery Operations & Economics, Refinery Processes & Operations, Linear Programming & Refinery Planning, Blending Operations & Economics, Supply Economics, Energy Futures, Energy Contracts, Transportation and Capital Investment Analysis. The IIP intern will be responsible for updating course material from a variety of sources and will research new developments in the oil business. The IIP intern may also work on updating training materials related to the software products offered in the general field of mathematical programming, with emphasis on linear and mixed integer programming. This IIP internship is an ideal placement for an IIP candidate with interest in chemical engineering, mathematical programming, and economics. A good knowledge of chemical engineering basics, especially linear or mathematical programming would be an asset. Basic knowledge of German would be helpful but it not required. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization **NEW**
Location: Goettingen, Germany
The Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization is a research institute for investigations of complex non-equilibrium systems, particularly in physics and biology. Its founding history goes back to Ludwig Prandtl who in 1911 requested a Kaiser Wilhelm Institute to be founded for the investigation of aerodynamics and hydrodynamics. As a first step, the Aeronautische Versuchsanstalt (now the DLR) was established in 1915 and then finally the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Flow Research was established in 1924. In 1948 it became part of the Max Planck Society. In 2003 it was renamed to Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-organisation. It is one of 80 institutes in the Max Planck Society (Max Planck Gesellschaft). The institute has four departments conducting research in the following areas: nonlinear dynamics, fluid dynamics, pattern formation, biocomplexity, and dynamics of complex fluids. IIP interns will work on tasks related to the experimental and theoretical projects of the Institute. IIP candidates with interests in physics, biology, math, and natural sciences are encouraged to apply. Four placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
TRW Automotive **NEW**
Location: TBD, Germany
TRW Automotive is among the world's largest automotive suppliers and is one of the top financial performers in the industry, with 2011 sales of $16.2 billion. The company is passionate about delivering safety and supplies more than 40 major vehicle manufacturers and 250 nameplates, while holding leading positions in all of its primary product categories. This IIP placement is ideal for students with interests in the automotive industry and mechanical and electrical engineering. Four placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. Each IIP intern will be assigned to a specific project. In 2013, there will be four projects in the following areas: product testing, product design and calculation and customer committed capacity project:
- Product Testing: Examination of different influences on valve rotation: Regular valve rotation prevents deposits on the valve seats, which may cause leaks. Furthermore, rotation leads to equalization of valve head temperatures and avoids leaks from distortion. One factor that has an important influence on valve rotation is the valve fixation in the spring retainer. There is obviously an influence of many other factors like valve spring, resonances, geometry masses, inertia, clearance, etc., but a clear correlation has still not yet been found. To determine the influence on the valve rotation, different parameters have to be examined and the influence of the valve rotation has to be pointed out. The IIP intern will contribute to the following aspects: preparation/modification of cylinder heads; execution of test series on a cylinder head test rig; test evaluation; and presentation of results.
- Product Testing: Measurement of tappet rotation: Different valve actuating systems like roller finger followers, rocker arms and bucket tappets with or without hydraulic valve lash adjustment are in use. Bucket tappets are a widely spread solution in car applications. The valve opening force of the camshaft is transmitted by the tappet button to the tip face of the valve. This area is highly loaded due to high contact pressure and relative rotational movement between valve and tappet. In case of too high relative rotational movement, it is assumed that wear will be generated. To measure the rotation of valves and tappets, an existing measurement system has to be installed in a cylinder head and measurements have to be conducted. The IIP intern will contribute to the following aspects: assembly of test set up; measurements on a cylinder head test rig; test evaluation; and presentation of results.
- Product Design/ Calculation: Kinematic Simulation of Valve Trains: IIP interns on this project will contribute to the design of typical valve trains, develop finite element models in ANSYS, define boundary conditions, simulate the valve train behavior using Ansys Rigid Body Dynamics, and verify simulation results with existing measurements. IIP candidates with interests in mechanical engineering are encouraged to apply. Skills in the finite element analysis program Ansys or knowledge of valve train design would be an asset.
- Customer committed capacity project: TRW Engine Components has contracts with Customers that agree on the quantity of product that the customer will call-off during a year, and the negotiated price. TRW Engine Components commits that they will reserve the necessary capacity for the agreed quantities.Today, they face the issue that their customer call-offs sometime exceed their current manufacturing capacities. As a consequence, they analyzed various cases and observed that the customer had demanded more products in a given time frame that was actually agreed to in the contract. However, to come to this conclusion needed significant reading and analysis, since they had not captured the existing contracts in a fashion that allowed comparison of the requested volume to the capacity committed in the contract. Therefore, this project will focus on both customer analysis and evaluation. Specific responsibilities for the IIP interns will include analysis of customer requirements by region, analysis of contracts, and evaluation of the current capabilities of their internal sales and operations planning system.