ECPM (Ecole Européenne de Chimie, Polymères et Matériaux)
A student from ECPM, Strasbourg Nicolas Scherrier had his first internship experience at Agfa Graphics in 2005. Ready for another internship he decided to come back to Agfa where he is currently working on a research project.
Why did you choose Agfa Discovery among the internship programs?
Because Agfa is a large company that offers interesting projects in the polymer field. I also met other students who recommanded it to me for its thriving research environment.
What added value did your internship bring to your university studies?
It allowed me to have a broader insight into polymers and to meet and solve research-related problems that I wouldn’t have met at Uni. It also helped me to develop interpersonal skills (through communication with other departments, meetings, presentations…).
Has the internship at Agfa had any influence on your career?
Probably. I’m still working at Agfa and now I know I want a job with a lot of interaction with other scientists or other professionals. This has become a very important criterium for me.
Could you expand your theoretical knowledge and practical skills during your internship?
Definitely. What I learnt at Uni was the basis. The applications I encountered here require specific (and therefore new) knowledge and skills.
How would you summarize your internship time at Agfa?
Working here helped me to realise how different product development and fundamental research are. With a direct application at hand you can see the output of your work directly after doing it, which is very motivating. It is also very interresting to work in a company where colleagues and managers have time for you and help you to make the most out of it. There are a lot of other students here, which also makes socializing very easy, and Antwerp and Belgium in general are very pleasant places to live.
Would you recommend this placement program to other students?
Definitely! Go ahead with Agfa 😉
Nicolas Scherrier Raphque 2017-01-31T14:40:16+00:00