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Bc David Sechra, Brno University of Technology, ročník 4

Faculty Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Field of study Quality, Safety and Reliability
Field of internship Mechanical Engineering
Specialization of InternshipQuality Control and Safety Technologies/Technicians, Other
Internship period (from - to) 3.7.2023 - 25.8.2023
Internship duration (weeks) 8
Transport (means, price) Pegasus Airlines (310 Euro)
Insurance/Insurance company Pojišťovna VZP
Visa/Work permit (yes/no) yes
Price of Visa 0
City of Internship Zobrazit místo na mapě  Turkey, Istanbul
Internship reference number TR/2023-005-ITU

About the country

Location of the place

North-western part of Turkey.


Istanbul is huge city with 20 milions inhibitans. It is bridge between Europe and Asia. The city is full of history and culture.

Surroundings (possible trips, ...)

It is possible to stay in Istanbul whole internship because it is really big. However, I made 2 trips. First was Cappacodia with its beautiful landscape. The second trip was to Izmir with fabulous beaches and delicious cuisine.



Nava Endustri is a small machinery company (about 60 workers). The business area is die casting. Customers are working in automotive, doors or other industries.

Work description

The internship was meant to learn about die casting in general (work in every department). Because my branch of study is Quality, we agreed that I would work mainly in the quality department. My daily job was collecting samples in production and making visual control and also measurement control (with calliper).

Salary (sufficient for local conditions?)

I should have received 6800 Turkish liras, but due to inflation, I got 9000 Turkish liras per month. Thanks to my boss Korhan. I think it is enough for accomodation and normal food in Istanbul. However, if you want to travel, enjoy Istanbul, and have some beer, you must use your own money. Also, public transport in Istanbul is expensive.

Language requirements

The requirement of my internship was officially C-level of English. In reality, almost no one was able to speak English in my company. We were using Google Translate a lot. So for internship B level is really enough. People in tourist places or shops usually speak English. In general Turkish people do not know English very well (similar to the Czech Republic I think).

Accommodation (price, who provided it)

ITU Maslak Kampus Vadi dormitory. 1500 TURK/month. The toilet and shower are shared on the floor. Only microwave, not stove. We were living with other interns in the same dormitory.

Social life

Meeting IAESTE members (pick-up at the airport, organized events...)

Turkish IAESTE members did a really good job. They prepared a large amount of events for us. Parties, sports events, trips, cinema, etc. It was really fun.

Meeting other foreign students

The most of interns lived in ITU Maslak Kampus so we were close to each other and we spent a lot of time together. My guess is that about 40-50 interns were in this Kampus + many Turkish IAESTE members.

Sport and culture

On campus were basketball, volleyball court football pitch, swimming pool and gym. It was a bit problem for me to get into the gym due to some nonsence birocracy, however in the end I got there. It was really cheap and good quality level.

Food, local specialties

This is a big chapter for me. I love Turkish cuisine and especially kebab. I will put some tips for meals below:
Adana Kebap, Cig kofte, Yaprak dolma, Iskender kebap, Borek, Lahmacun, Baklava, cold Baklava, Ayran. I probably forgot something... Yes and Raki - Turkish destilate Raki. In the end, I must mention that Turkish beer is not good at all. They do not know how to draft and serve it properly. I mean it is drinkable, but Turkey is not a beer country.

Other information

Possibilites to communicate with the Czech Republic

Local prepaid SIM cost me 700 liras first month (25 GB data). Do not buy it in the airport - it is more expensive. Next month recharge of another 25GB cost about 250 liras. In the dormitory there was Wi-Fi.

Recommendations for students who will go to the same place

Leave free space in luggage for shopping. Try to solve the VISA stuff as soon as possible (It takes some time to process it in the embassy) and bring the birth certificate to the Turkish embassy. Go and enjoy.

What not to forget with you

Money, sunscreen, swimsuit, maybe probiotics and basic medicament for any case.

Benefits of the internship

Discover new culture and cuisine. Meet a bunch of nice people from around the world. Practise English with other interns.

Cooperation with IAESTE in the foreign country

No problem. We were using WhatsApp.

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