If you've been following our blog, you might remember in the summer of 2017 we welcomed a group of female interns to IES, as part of our work to support Equate Scotland’s Women in STEM campaign. Now that we are into a new year, we decided to catch up with four of our interns – Agata Mamcarz, Galila Khougali, Ildiko Szabo and Melanie Gines – to find out more about their internship experiences with IES. Here’s what they had to say…
Tell us a bit about your background. What made you decide to apply for an internship with IES?
MELANIE: I completed high school in Spain before coming to Scotland to study Architectural Engineering at Heriot-Watt University. We used IESVE in one of our courses to look at the performance gap which I found really interesting. I already had an interest in building energy modelling but after doing this course I decided it was something I really enjoyed and wanted to pursue further.
AGATA: My adventure with architectural design also began when I arrived in Scotland. I was so impressed by Scotland’s built heritage that I decided to follow my interests and achieved an HND in Architectural Technology, before going on to study Architectural Engineering. I was particularly interested in the technical side of design, especially in the optimization of energy efficiency in buildings considering their life-cycle. IES’ outstanding work to improve the energy performance of buildings is known worldwide and I was really keen to find out more about the possibilities IESVE software had to offer.
GALILA: I’m currently in my fourth year, also studying for a BEng in Architectural Engineering, at Heriot Watt University. After completing a course on software applications, that included IESVE modelling and analysis, I wanted to learn more about energy demand and how buildings can be dynamically simulated for analysis. I applied to IES because they are a leading company in sustainable analysis and software energy modelling in buildings and cities, and that is something that interested me.
ILDIKO: I’m currently studying for a degree in Computer Science and applied for an internship within the IT team at IES, to help develop their SharePoint interface. The description for the position fitted exactly with what I was looking for in an internship as I wanted to try something focused around user experience. I am quite a creative person so when I discovered that the internship offered the opportunity to link in with the marketing team at IES, it was the perfect mix to appeal to both my creative and technical sides.
How did you find out about the opportunity?
AGATA: Through the careers service at my university and it was also linked to the Equate Scotland campaign.
GALILA: Through Equate Scotland and Careerwise, which provides a platform for female STEM students to find placements in Scotland.
ILDIKO: One of my friends had undertaken an internship with IES in the previous year and had shared the position through his LinkedIn profile. He had a lot of positive things to say about his experience, so I decided to go for it!
MELANIE: The careers service at my university informed me IES was offering an internship. At first, I thought IES only worked in software development, so was surprised to find out that they provided consultancy services too. The position was exactly what I was looking for.