“WHEN I HEARD THAT I WOULD BE GOING TO SEOUL, I WAS THRILLED.”
This is how Fabian Koch tells the story, as he strolls through the Gwangjang market in the heart of the capital of South Korea. Koch, who is 22 years old, is doing a dual course of study: He is completing an apprenticeship as a chemical laboratory technician at EMD in Darmstadt while studying process technology at the University of Applied Sciences in Bingen, Germany.
But in the summer of 2013, he spent ten weeks abroad as an intern in Seoul. Since 2001 Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany has offered apprentices the opportunity to gain experience at one of its subsidiaries located outside Germany. The program is very popular.
In 2012 a total of 57 apprentices took advantage of these internships. With this program, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is preparing potential employees early on for a career in a global company. “The main objectives of the program are to promote personal development, improve the participants’ English language skills, and help them develop their intercultural skills,” explains Nina Klement, who heads the project.