Shorter internships at several firms are possible if they add up to a year in total. Students must have completed a large part of their internship before the commencement of studies. They may complete the remaining time before the start of the fifth semester, for instance in the summer breaks or on a work-study track. They may also interrupt their studies for the purpose. Each semester taken at the ETH counts as one month’s worth of internship. Upon its conclusion, the employer confirms the internship in a letter.
The objective of the internship is to provide insights and experience in the following areas
- Insight into the day-to-day work of the structural engineer and of the builder (planning and realization stages).
- Introduction to the planning processes in the construction sector: From the project to the realization stages, the intern should be able to familiarize him- or herself with the relevant processes and planning stages. He or she must be able to differentiate between, and allocate, planning statuses and know the key codes, norms and guidelines.
- Familiarity with CAD/BIM modeling software is an admission requirement for the program, as is basic knowledge of how to build and design simple CAD models and drawings. The candidate is expected to acquire the ability to read plans and sections of complex details during the internship.
- Workshop and building site visits are part of the internship and help the candidates to appreciate the complexity of planning and building processes.
The BSc in Digital Construction degree program with specialization in Structural Engineering supports its interns and the firms that employ them.
- Contact: Markus Weber, Co-Head of Degree Program, Digital Construction (email@example.com) or Nathalie Egli, Senior Assistant of Degree Program, Digital Construction (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- The Bachelor's and Master's Secretariat will be able to provide information on the current internship listings.
- Moreover, the Institute organizes an annual three-day remedial course in solid construction that counts as one month’s worth of internship (subject to number of registrations).
- Robust knowledge of CAD/BIM software is an admission requirement for the program. Students without CAD/BIM skills must attend training sessions before the degree program commences or over the course of the first semester. The Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts offers a range of relevant courses. Popular programs include: