Issue 15
Monday, 11 September 2017
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Engineering intern Clara Liebart uses an olfactometer to measure odour at a wastewater treatment plant in Darwin.
Engineering intern Clara Liebart uses an olfactometer to measure odour at a wastewater treatment plant in Darwin.

French interns build NT networks

By Ellie Turner

A group of budding French engineers and environmental scientists have bucked the trend among their peers of seeking work experience in the Northern Hemisphere.

About 10 students recently interned at Charles Darwin University where they worked  with academic staff on projects relevant to their studies, including developing a hybrid solar-diesel generator for a backpacker hostel.

Environmental and water engineering student Clara Liebart, who worked on an odour monitoring project at wastewater treatment plants, said the internship was an adventure.

“It was a great opportunity to discover the world of tropical research and improve my English,” she said. 

“The staff and students were very helpful and it was a great opportunity to learn more about the people here. I would recommend it to other students.”

The informal partnership with engineering schools in Strasbourg began in 2006, when Professor of Physics Jai Singh hosted the first rotation of French interns, and has yielded successful results including employment opportunities.

Professor of Sustainable Engineering Charlie Fairfield said CDU would welcome future French interns who wanted to explore key engineering issues in Australia.

“The NT is one of the world’s most dynamic natural environments and is an ideal region for fieldwork,” he said.