This week we were very happy to welcome Mas, a student who came to Qlayers to have his first experience in the labour market. He decided to contact us, totally enthusiastic about our drag reducing 'sharkskin' coating. It was a pleasure to have him here! Keep reading to discover his own experience.
I am Mas Arendsen and I did an internship for a week at Qlayers. I am from Amersfoort and the school that I attend, Johan van Oldenbarnevelt, told me to find an internship company anywhere I wanted. So I started to look on the internet for companies related to sustainability. Not much later I arrived on a website with a top 5 from innovative sustainability companies. Qlayers was one of the companies and their ‘resistance reducing sharkskin coating’ sounded really interesting to me. So I sent Josefien an email and almost immediately she responded that I was definitely welcome to do an internship.
On Monday, I got up early to go to Qlayers. Firstly I acquainted with all the employees. They were really nice and open. Some of them told me what they had studied and what they were doing at this company. After that, we started the week with a small presentation from most of the employees. In this presentation, they told what they did last week and what they are going to do this week. Then it was time to get to work myself. Josefien gave me the assignment to find out where it would be most efficient to implement the sharkskin coating, when looking at the possible CO2 emissions that can be reduced by Qlayers. So I analysed the data in Excel and the information I was given, I did some calculations and after that I wrote a short report on how to maximize the CO2 reduction. The second day I came here I learned something more practical. With a program called Arduino, I learned some computer programming. This was really fun especially because Bart gave me a set of lights. By programming on the computer I could turn the lights on and turn them back off. This was challenging to do because I never computer programmed before, but fortunately Bart helped me out when I did not understand it. The next day Ruben asked me to determine the viscosity of mixed paint. This was so much fun to do, because I was really able to investigate things then. When I had the results of the tests I did, I worked them out in Excel.
Those were some things I did in my internship week. However this was not only amazing to do, but I was also impressed by the amazing working atmosphere. The people that work here are working hard and really efficient and getting a lot achieved in not much time. The employees do not only work hard, but they can work very well together and are very friendly as well. In short, this was an entertaining week where I learned a lot of new stuff and I met a very enthusiastic and hardworking team. The only disadvantage was the long journey to get there, but it was definitely worth it!
We appreciate his energy and his willingness to learn, and we are sure that he will have an amazing future!