Stephan H. (Intern, German, 2017)

Stephan H.
Internship Program: Unpaid Internship
Company/Type: Team AIBOD Inc.
Nationality: German

Today another intern talks about his internship in Fukuoka. Stephan H. from Germany had to manage many different tasks at Team AIBOD Inc., an IT company in Fukuoka.

Why did you choose Asahi Nihongo?
My main goal was to learn and improve Japanese at a language school in Japan. Fukuoka seemed to be a nice place to study and the testimonials on the website of Asahi Nihongo convinced me to enroll at this school.

Why did you pick this internship?
As I also intended to do an internship to gain some work experiences in the field of programming, Asahi Nihongo offered me an internship at Team AIBOD Inc.

What were your tasks?
The team always gave me specific projects I worked on. At first, I helped to improve a so-called “single page application” AIBOD developed to sale to other companies. As the size of the page was too big and the loading time too long, I optimized the web assets of the page making it easier to open the site.
My second big project was the creation of a “continuous integration” for the company. I will explain what this is: Continuous integration a practice which allows a programmer to find out if there are any mistakes in the source code if someone changes certain things. The changes will be checked and if there are any changes that might lead to a malfunction of the whole system, a report will be sent, so the source code has to be checked once more. If the changes do not cause any problems, the code will be updated automatically. Before I could install this practice I had to analyse which practice would fit best for Team AIBOD and to test it on a small system I created on my own computer. It was a challenging task, but I really enjoyed it.

Were there any (cultural) problems you had to overcome during your internship?
No, there weren’t any problems I can think of.

What do you like the most about your internship?
As the company founders were former university professors, the company uses the newest technology available on the market. I really had the feeling I have learned lots of new things regarding programming and I am so grateful they integrated me into the team as if I am a regular member of the team. Moreover, I really liked the working atmosphere at AIBOD.

And how do you like Fukuoka?
Fukuoka has just the right size for a big city. It is not too big, so you can find the ways easily, which is really convenient. Additionally, the people of Fukuoka are open-minded and friendly to foreigners and like to talk a lot.

Do you have any tips or recommendations for people who might want to do an internship?
You should not have any specific expectations regarding your internship. Just be open-minded for anything new!

Program: Unpaid Internship 

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