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Bc. Jan Ficek, Brno University of Technology, ročník 4

Faculty Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Communication
Field of study Power Electrical Engineering
Field of internship Engineering, Other
Specialization of Internship- - - - - - - - - -
Internship period (from - to) 11.7.2016 - 16.9.2016
Internship duration (weeks) 10
Transport (means, price) Car, 1600 CZK
Insurance/Insurance company Kooperativa
Visa/Work permit (yes/no) Yes
Price of Visa --
City of Internship Zobrazit místo na mapě  Switzerland, Zurich
Internship reference number CH-2016-000002

About the country

Location of the place

The place of my internship was in Zurich in Switzerland. The country with beautiful mountains and lakes with stunning places which you cannot find anywhere else on the world.


Zurich is a metropole compared with other cities in the Switzerland – it is very fast and precise with the biggest banks and rich companies, city with a long history and wide historical city parts. You can also find there ETH, the 9th most prestige university on the world.

Surroundings (possible trips, ...)

IAESTE LC Zurich is very active in organising weekend trips all over the Switzerland. Therefor it was possible to travel every weekend to another part of Switzerland and explore its beauty. Also if the event was full, it was possible just to go to the lake or select random mountain and hike it with friends. The conclusion is, there are infinite possibilities to travel and explore that beautiful country.



FKH is a company which does measurements in high voltage networks. They treat with “ordinary” measurements such as partial discharge, grounding or electro-magnetic field measurements on the cables, high voltage networks, substations and power plants. But there are also special tasks like measurements in airplane companies, measurements on the Tokamak or in CERN.
FKH has long history - it was established after 2nd WW and they are really good and precise at measurements they do.

Work description

Analysis and comparison of the coupling devices used for PD measurements in HV networks, construction of the equivalent model to simulate a general size of substations, measurements with the Omicron Mtronix PD measuring system, basic simulations with the software Micro-Cap, participation on the on-site tests – PD measurement on the GIS in Bern, grounding measurement on the GIS in Aarau, testing of the FKH impulse generator in Daniken.

Salary (sufficient for local conditions?)

I was very satisfied with my salary and if you don’t waste your money, you can make pretty good savings (I travelled quite a lot, but with Gleis 7 it would be much better)

Language requirements

English and German was required, but mostly I spoke in English language – all of the trainees and young people in Zurich speak English but in the company, I tried to speak and understand Swiss German but it was pretty hard. With my supervisor it was faster to communicate in English.

Accommodation (price, who provided it)

I lived in the very nice apartment close to Schwamendingenplatz – I had 2 studying and working flatmates and my own big room. The apartment was very comfortable and well equipped with everything I needed. I was very satisfied with the price (640 CHF/month) and also very lucky that Patrick (my tutor) found it, thanks buddy.

Social life

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

My tutor Patrick helped me very much the first day in Zurich – obtaining city transportation card, sim card, he showed me the city and the lake. But I was absolutely independent with going to my apartment and 2nd day to the office.

Meeting other foreign students

Every Thursday was IAESTE weekly meeting and every weekend was some special event, so absolutely no problem with meeting new faces and making new friends. Average number of trainees on meetings or weekends in the range of 20-40.

Sport and culture

Sport: jogging through the Zurichberg, swimming in the Zurich lake, drinking beer, chilling…
Culture: Museums and other places visited during IAESTE weekends

Food, local specialties

I mostly cooked for myself, because buying prepared food was needless and very expensive.

Other information

Possibilites to communicate with the Czech Republic

There were some trainees from CZE or SK so it was possible to meet by the lake and enjoy Czech language. But communication diretly with Czech Republic through internet – skype, FB, emails...

Recommendations for students who will go to the same place

Just be polite, quick and precise. They will be also polite and very nice to you in return. And buy GLEIS 7, I made a huge mistake not buying it. Really, it is worth also for 2 months if you go to Geneva, Ticino, Bern…

What not to forget with you

Adapter to Swiss plugs! Also good hiking shoes and equipment, rain coat or waterproof jacket, umbrella – it rains quite lot, one bag full of money, alcohol from your country - it is sometimes forgotten.

Benefits of the internship

You meet a lot of new young people and make a lot of friends. Sure it is about experience in the company and you can also earn pretty good money.

Cooperation with IAESTE in the foreign country

No special cooperation - IAESTE meetings, weekend events...

Overall experience with IAESTE

Perfect, thanks for everything!

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