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Ing Pavel Kovařík, CTU Prague, ročník 6

Faculty Electrical Engineering
Field of study Electronics, wireless technology
Field of internship Computer and Information Sciences
Specialization of InternshipComputer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Internship period (from - to) 4.7.2016 - 26.8.2016
Internship duration (weeks) 8
Transport (means, price) Bus - 50€ one direction
Insurance/Insurance company Kooperativa
Visa/Work permit (yes/no) No
Price of Visa 0
City of Internship Zobrazit místo na mapě  Bosnia and Herzegovina, Banja Luka
Internship reference number BA-2016-0802BL

About the country

Location of the place

Northern part of Bosnia.


My internship was in Banja Luka, the capital city of Republika Srpska with 200 thousand inhabitants.

Surroundings (possible trips, ...)

In neighborhood there are 2 interesting things. Vrbas river with possibility of rafting and swimming and Banj Brdo monument on a hill from where you can see entire city. In greater distance From Banja Luka there is definitely interesting Sarajevo and Mostar.



I worked in telecommunication company m:tel which is one of the biggest company in Republic of Srbska.

Work description

My department was related to optical transport network. I was assigned by mentor who was teaching me a lot of stuff about optical cables and variety of optical devices. I had flexible working period so I usually stayed at office from 11 am till 4 pm.

Salary (sufficient for local conditions?)

600 Bam (300€)/month. I think it could have been sufficient if I didn't eat outside and I didn't travel with other interns during weekends

Language requirements

Required language at work was English

Accommodation (price, who provided it)

150 BAM (75€)/month. Provided by local IAESTE

Social life

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

There was always someone who picked up incoming interns and took them to their apartment.

Meeting other foreign students

I lived with all other interns in one big house, so I was in contact with them all the time.

Sport and culture

Local people love basketball so we had possibility to play with them. There was also some parks with outdoor gym and possibility to run.
About culture, we visited 2 musical festivals, 3 other big cities and a few national parks.

Food, local specialties

Very common food in Bosnia (and probably in whole Balkan) is cevapi, pljeskavica and burek. It's possible to buy it either in fast food or in restaurant. It tastes good but it's rather unhealthy. There are also some Italian restaurants with pizza and pasta.

Other information

Possibilites to communicate with the Czech Republic

Skype, email etc.. Phone calls are really expensive coz Bosnia is outside of EU roaming class.

Recommendations for students who will go to the same place

Don't be scared of Bosnia, it's really cool place for internship.

What not to forget with you

Summer clothes, office wear (pants and t-shirt are usually ok), jacket (I didn't have it but I would definitely use it if I had one), and some example of Czech food and alcohol.

Benefits of the internship

I gained a little knowledge in optical transport network and Balkan culture. Plus I met there really friendly poeple from lots of different countries. It was fun

Cooperation with IAESTE in the foreign country

I think that both IAESTE works just fine and both do a great job.

Overall experience with IAESTE

Everything was ok.

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