In the summer of 2016, I participated in the International Summer Program at KAU, without hesitation my most wonderful experience thus far! I was able to dive deeper in the world of aviation and made some great friends from all over the world. After the summer program, I was selected to do a short internship at the headquarters of Korean Air at Gimpo International Airport, Seoul. In two weeks (that went way too fast), I interned at the Engineering & Maintenance department. I had my own mentor, who helped me setting things up and arranged many meetings and trips for me. I was able to meet different teams to have a closer look in their daily occupations, which also taught me the wide range of activities that are performed at Engineering & Maintenance. I also met with partners like GE and Boeing, that have their own offices at the headquarters to fully support Korean Air in their operations. Besides meeting so many different people at the headquarters, my mentor also arranged visits to multiple maintenance facilities of Korean Air around the airport. I had the opportunity to have a close look at the hangars where regular maintenance is performed, but also at the separate maintenance facility specialized in engine maintenance, very impressive to see. All these meetings and visits gave me a great overview of the many aspects of the Engineering & Maintenance department!
Did I already mention the great office view?
Part of the short internship is a small research project you perform on a subject of your own choice, in consultation with your mentor. I investigated the possibilities of augmented reality training devices and 3D-printing for maintenance facilities in the aviation sector. For my research, I used literature, articles on current trends and developments at other airlines and off course interviews with people within Korean Air. On my last day I presented my project to around 25 managers of the Engineering & Maintenance department, which resulted in a great discussion on the applicability for the maintenance facilities of Korean Air.
A great aspect of the short internship is the fact that you fully integrate in the department for two weeks: you work together, you lunch together, I went on trips with my mentor and even had a goodbye dinner at the end. I created some lifelong memories with the people of Korean Air and I can’t thank them enough for that. The short internship at Korean Air truly is a unique experience that I can recommend to everyone!