Alex Patterson EECS '17

Before my internship at Carl Zeiss, I was unsure of what kind of career I would pursue after my PhD. Afterwards, it was clear to me that I had found a work environment and philosophy that felt satisfying, balanced, and like a community that I could envision myself joining. I made strong connections during my internship that I hope will last a lifetime. Living in a small city like Oberkochen gave me a unique opportunity to experience regional language, culture, and history in Germany that I feel few people have the opportunity to do in bigger cities.