This past summer, I had the privilege of working at an internship abroad, in the city of Jerusalem, Israel, where I spent time in a civil engineering firm. At my internship, I had the chance to use the knowledge that I gained in my classes to determine structural forces for the design of a cable car station. In addition, I did research for a patent for a dual-conduit pipe, which replenishes the water of the Dead Sea, while simultaneously distributing drinking water in the region.
Being immersed in such a dynamic and exciting environment has given me a much better idea of what it is truly like to work as a civil engineer. The fact that this experience took place in a foreign country, especially one so far away from home, has made it all the more so valuable as a part of my college experience at Rutgers. It has given me insight and advantages in some of my coursework, as well as a higher-quality resume. I learned that the most important aspect of being successful in the various tasks in this valuable experience was being persistent and thinking outside of the box. It was important to be adaptable and to be able to come up with creative solutions.
In terms of finding an internship like this, it would have been impossible without jInternship. This is essentially a program dedicated to providing Jewish college students and recent graduates with quality internships in places such as Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Washington D.C, and New York City. Although this was my second time participating in the program, this was my first time working in an environmental company and working on web design. For this coming summer, I am currently waiting on a response from Meridian Capital and Greystone in New York City and I'm excited to see what the future has in store for me.