09 February 2015

David Purser, RIIERP Program to Airbus Defence and Space, Manching (Germany)

David enjoyed having full autonomy over his projects and that in his internship he was responsible for delivering actual results.

“I travelled all over Europe and visited countries that I had only seen in magazines. I made life-long friends from all over the world some of whom have since visited me back home in Australia.”

RMIT Program: Bachelor of Engineering (Aero Eng)(Hons)/Bachelor of Business (Mgt)

Global Program: RIIERP

Destination: Airbus Defence and Space, Manching (Germany)

"I’ll never forget walking into the secure hangar of the Eurofighter Typhoon as an aerospace engineer. Admittedly I was an intern, but that’s not how I felt at Airbus Defence and Space. From day one I was given real tasks that related directly to this 4th generation fighter jet. I had full autonomy over my projects and was responsible for delivering actual results.

On my first day my supervisor asked me to solve a problem. On completion I asked him if I had the correct answer, to which he replied ‘if I knew that I wouldn’t have asked you to solve it’. This experience encapsulated my internship.

Previously at university I had been given problems to solve and yet my professors already knew the answers, here my supervisors gave me problems and trusted me to find the answers. I felt like I was making an actual contribution to project that really mattered.

Living overseas was an enlightening experience in itself. I discovered a new level of independence that I had never before known. I travelled all over Europe and visited countries that I had only seen in magazines. I made life-long friends from all over the world some of whom have since visited me back home in Australia.

Despite the distance I still felt supported by RMIT. My mentors were only an email away and I was delighted when Prof. Abanteriba flew all the way to Germany to visit me. I would encourage anyone to apply for RIIERP, it’s an opportunity not be missed.

Please see my internship testimonial video during my time at Airbus.”

 RIIERP student, David Purser

RIIERP student, David Purser