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INTERVIEW: WITH OUR INTERNS, BY OUR INTERN.

Placed on 15/07/2021

Doing an internship is the very best way to get to know the world of work and to put the theory you have learned at college into practice. For Bram, Bregje, Maxim, Ruben, Ryan and Sem, their adventure at VB-Airsuspension has now come to at an end, following an instructive internship. They gained an insight into the world of business, identified where their own strengths and qualities lie, and learned more about their own wishes and ambitions.

We asked Bregje, our HRM intern, to interview the interns: Bram (IT), Maxim (Process Engineering), Ruben (Testing & Workshop), Ryan (Testing & Workshop) and Sem (Process Engineering) talked about their experience(s) at VB-Airsuspension.


(f.l.t.r Maxim, Ryan, Bregje, Ruben, Bram and Sem)

One of the quotes that came up was from Ruben Veltkamp: "VB-Airsuspension and its products make an important contribution to greater comfort and safety on the road." Great to hear, Ruben!

How do they look back on this period and what will they take with them into the future?
Read the full interviews


Bram Wopereis – IT System Administrator intern:

Why choose VB-Airsuspension, it's not the only company out there?
"I’ve had the VB-Airsuspension logo firmly imprinted on my mind for some years now, because I did an internship with a company just opposite. I watched as the new premises, the big Logistics Centre, went up and that undoubtedly piqued my interest. From there, I did some research and found out a bit more about VB-Airsuspension, and came away with the impression of an innovative company where there's a lot happening."

What did you enjoy most about your placement?
"I got to take part in a few webinars during my placement, and I learned a lot from those. I also enjoyed working on my own internship assignment. The subject of my assignment was 'network monitoring'. It was good to have my own internship assignment so that, in between the day-to-day tasks, I could spend time working on it independently."

What else did you learn?
"I learnt an awful lot during my internship at VB-Airsuspension, partly because I was allowed to get stuck straight into all sorts of tasks and my colleagues in IT really included me as part of their team. I would describe my recent internship as: 'An internship that was a good fit for my subject area, covering aspects I would not have learned from my studies alone. It gave me a broader perspective within my own specialism."

Is VB-Airsuspension a good place to do your internship?
"I would definitely recommend VB-Airsuspension as somewhere to do your internship. You are given a lot of freedom, there's a great working atmosphere and there are plenty of opportunities to learn from the work you are involved in. In short: a company where you will learn a lot."

I would describe VB-Airsuspension as an organisation as: "... a company that values people and offers a great deal of flexibility in terms of working hours and working from home."



Maxim Hertgers – Process Engineering intern
 

The introduction:
"I saw the name 'VB-Airsuspension' on the list at college, and it immediately struck me as somewhere it would be very interesting to work. Given my huge interest in technology and motor vehicles, I saw the opportunity to broaden my knowledge within the world of air suspension systems."

What did you learn?
"During the period of my work placement, I had a great deal of freedom to work on projects connected to the activities. I really relished this freedom, precisely because it enabled me to tackle the projects in my own way. Working independently so much also meant I had to reflect more on my own practice, and I learnt a lot from that too!"

Is VB-Airsuspension a good place to do your internship?
"I can certainly recommend an internship at VB-Airsuspension to other students. It gives you the freedom to learn for yourself, and this is great especially if you enjoy working independently. I found it to be a very enjoyable period of work-based learning and it taught me an awful lot."

I would describe VB-Airsuspension as an organisation as: "...a young and rapidly growing company."



Ruben Veltkamp – Testing & Workshop intern


Initial contact:
"My initial contact with VB-Airsuspension was on the ACE Careers Day, where my interest was piqued by the presentation they gave.  A brief introduction and chat for about ten minutes led to an interview. During the interview, I discussed the internship assignment I would be doing in more detail. At that point, I had to decide if the internship and assignment would suit what I needed. It turned out to be a good fit for both sides, and that’s how my internship at VB-Airsuspension came about."

Any special moments?
"The thing that will stay with me most from my time on the work placement has got to be the two visits I made to the 'ATP Papenburg' test track. Partly testing the products and partly just being able to experience it for myself – super cool! For my own internship assignment, I had to research a new product. I had to validate it and do road tests – to analyse the difference between a normal shock absorber and the new product."

What else did you learn?
"I really learned a lot during my internship at VB-Airsuspension and it gave me an insight into the company and the products they work with, such as air suspension and shock absorbers. I’ve learned all about the validation process, how you report the findings and come to a good decision based on the results. In my internship assignment I was able to demonstrate perfectly the steps involved in the validation of a newly developed product."

Is VB-Airsuspension a good place to do your internship?
"I can recommend VB-Airsuspension to other students as a good place to do your internship. There's a good atmosphere and they are really helpful. Additionally, VB-Airsuspension can also offer students much more than just an internship. I, myself, am doing my graduation project at VBA. Whether you're doing a work placement or graduation project, they pitch it at a high level. To summarise, they really want to make sure you learn."

I would describe VB-Airsuspension as an organisation as: "...a company whose products make an important contribution to greater comfort and safety on the road."



Ryan Nieuwenhuis – Testing & Workshop intern

Why choose VB-Airsuspension, it's not the only company out there?
"The name VB-Airsuspension jumped out at me while combing through the list of available companies at college. Given my huge interest in cars and the range of vehicles for which VB-Airsuspension has products, I didn't need to think long and I was delighted to get a placement here."

What did you enjoy most about your placement?
"The best thing I did during my work placement was being part of a visit to the ATP test track in Papenburg. It was brilliant to be able to be part of that, getting to see so many different cars on the track. I realised it's about more than just developing a suspension system and fitting it to the vehicle. It's got to be tested in real life. Then adjustments can be made on the spot to check and really see whether the modification gives a better or worse result."

What else did you learn?
"Through the practical side, I learned a lot of things that aren't covered in the course. It was a great learning opportunity, especially as I will be taking this further in my studies."

Is VB-Airsuspension a good place to do your internship?
"I can definitely recommend VB-Airsuspension to other students based on my experience of my internship. The friendly attitude of the other staff, the diversity of work and the support provided made it a very enjoyable and educational placement for me.

I would describe VB-Airsuspension as an organisation as: "...a friendly company where you get the space to do a lot of different tasks."



Sem Kuiper – Process Engineering intern

The introduction:
"When I was looking for an internship in the list of available companies at college, I eventually opted for VB-Airsuspension, partly because I liked the sound of the organisation. I have now completed both my first and second work internships at VB-Airsuspension."

Why where you interested?
"The pleasant atmosphere and my immediate colleagues made my internship really enjoyable for me, not forgetting some great laughs along the way. But it wasn't all just fun and laughter – clearly, you are there to work. My placement gave me the opportunity to work in a lot of different areas. This included SolidWorks and the Cobot, projects on which I gained a great deal of experience and that undoubtedly made my work placement very educational."

Is VB-Airsuspension a good place to do your internship?
"I would recommend an internship at VB-Airsuspension to other students. There is a good working atmosphere and you are given plenty of scope to learn new things."

I would describe VB-Airsuspension as an organisation as: "...a positive company with plenty of opportunities for progression."

We would like to thank all our interns for sharing their views on their internship with such openness and candour, and wish them every success in their future careers. And, who knows, our paths may yet cross again. Because... our door is always open to friends old and new!

Victor Benno