Internship at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Thailand
(From August to November, 2017)
Issaree (Ant) Jitrpatima (Master, Class of 2018)
Within my study of urban environmental management, I am interested in urban transportation and especially of urban smart mobility. It was a great opportunity for me to do a three-month internship with The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Mitigation for the Land Transport Sector of the ASEAN Region (TCC) project and The TRANSfer III project. The internship was concentrated on the implementation of measures to increase energy efficiency and reduce climate relevant emissions from the land transport sector in the ASEAN region at the regional and national level. At the beginning of the internship I had set several learning goals regarding the improvement of knowledge and skills.
In this internship, I got insight into the work of an international organisation. I learned more about the transportation related to climate change, urban planning and sustainable financial mechanism that can be apply for not only in Thailand but also in South East Asia. Collaboration across professional, organizational, and cultural boundaries creates problem-solving solution, and leads to new partnerships and ideas.
In conclusion, the internship was a very useful experience. I have find out what my strengths and weaknesses are; I gained new knowledge and skills and met many new people. I achieved many of my learning goals. At last this internship has given me new insights and motivation to pursue a career in urban planning and transportation planning. To prepare myself for my future career I can improve several things. I can work on communication skills and work as a team so that everyone can apply individual perspectives, experience, and skills. The experience during this internship was deeply inspirited me.
2. Work experience
Transportation and Climate Change project
In order to mitigate the impacts of increasing mobility, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has commissioned the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to implement the project “Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Mitigation for the Land Transport Sector of the ASEAN Region” (in short: Transport and Climate Change (TCC)) in cooperation with the ASEAN Secretariat since 2012. Phase 1 of the project concluded at the end of 2015, the second phase will run until the end of 2018. Directly participating countries are Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. Others benefit indirectly through regional products and events, supported and organized by the project.
The objective of TCC project is to improve the conditions for the implementation of measures to increase energy efficiency and reduce climate relevant emissions from the land transport sector in the ASEAN region at the regional and national level. The project follows a multi-level approach such as ASEAN level and national level, TCC supports respective ministries of the participating countries to link their national strategies and action plans for energy efficiency and climate protection in transport to the ASEAN’s Kuala Lumpur Transport Strategic Plan (KLTSP) and support implementation measures thereof.
Tasks as a TCC intern
- Project organization
- Assist office manager on coordinating and documenting team meetings
- Assist the team with event organization such as meetings and workshops.
- Assist management team with general project management task
- International development and research
- Policy gaps analysis report (support the on-going work on the report, event organization, participate in meeting and taking minutes)
- Steering committee meeting preparation
- Support development of regional training course
- Prepare presentation for TCC special session at conference and workshop.
- New project development
- Support new project development with research on relevant topics.
|IT solution for Fuel efficient Driving – GIZ developing a real world fuel economy (FE) mobilie application for collecting data, 9 February 2018 – The Knowledge Exchange|
TRANSfer III project
The TRANSfer project is implemented by GIZ on behalf of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety. TRANSfer acts as an incubator for transport mitigation actions in order to unlock mitigation potentials. Its objective is to support developing and emerging countries to develop bankable and ready-to-implement mitigation measures in the transport sector.
TRANSfer supports countries in the development of ready-to-implement transport mitigation actions in order to unlock mitigation potentials and aims to motivate international donors to participate in the development of GHG mitigation measures in transport on a global scale. Specific mitigation action design is tailor-made to the country context. Early this year,Thailand became a TRANSfer III partner country. It is currently foreseen that in Thailand the cooperation with the Ministry of Transport will focus on the development of a National Urban Mobility Programme (NUMP) and support for pilot projects.
Tasks as a TRANSfer interns
- Support all organizational matters regarding missions of staff from headquarters.
- Draft agenda and minutes for stakeholder meetings, internal meeting and workshops.
- Support setting-up of project offices in close coordination with local team.
Technical work and research
- Support research on project relevant topics including Thailand urban transportation data mining, policy review and budget analysis.
- Ensure appropriate knowledge management of TRANSfer III activities.
- Support drafting of status-quo report.
- Support development of the workshop agenda and methods for technical workshops (including kick-off workshop and financial workshop)
3. Lessons learned
At GIZ, I had been exposed to a real working environment at an international organisation working life. Throughout my internship, I could understand more deeply about transportation situation in Asia and prepare myself to become a responsible and innovative urban planner in future. Along my training period, I realize that observation is a main element to find out the root cause of a problem. Not only for my project but daily activities too. During my project, I cooperate with my colleagues and operators to determine the problems. Moreover, the project research helps me to learn independently, discipline myself, be considerate/patient and take initiative and the ability to solve problems. Besides, my communication skills is improve as well when communicating with others. During my training period, I have received criticism and advice from project director, project manager and colleagues when mistakes were made. However, those advices are very useful guidance for me to improve myself. Overall, I had a fantastic experience. I feel extremely fortunate that I had the opportunity to experience working with GIZ and TCC team.
Study Abroad (Summer Program) Report
Hoàng Nguyễn Công (Master, Class of 2016)
During my summer break in AIT, I took part in the summer program in Germany named: Hessen International Summer University (ISU) Kassel from June 20th to July 18th, 2015.
About the program: http://www.isu-hessen.de/front_content.php?idcat=240
The Hessen ISU program is designed for students as well as for people working in the fields of politics, economics, engineering, law, culture, technology and media, who want to learn more about the German and European dimension of their respective subject and learn the German language or refresh their German by participating in an intensive language course. Depending on their language abilities, they can choose from different offers.
There are three modules for students to choose which are based on their knowledge and ability:
- Engineering Module: Adaptation Strategies to Climate Change, Environmental Engineering and Renewable Energies, Earthquake Engineering, Risk Management in Environmental Engineering, Engineering Science of Wind Energy Systems – Fundamentals, Technology and Practical Investigations
- Nano Module: Nano Science, Intercultural Communication
- Culture Module: German History and Politics, The Brothers Grimm in Kassel – German Fairy Tales, European Folk Tales, Intercultural Communication, Documental – Kassel and the Arts
Beside the main module I had to follow, the program also offered me the German language course with three levels: beginners, intermediate, advanced. Along with the main course, I took part in many workshops related to the German culture including: Cooking, Dancing, Sports, Nature Walk.
All students will be accommodated in host families where they can practice German and enjoy the German cultural and tradition.
If you are interested in participating in this program with scholarship, please check the link below.
DAAD language and short course: https://www.daad.de/deutschland/studienangebote/sommerkurse/en