Shibaura Institute of Technology (SIT) offers research internship opportunities every summer to all high school seniors and juniors who are interested in pursuing STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields in higher education as Research Interns on campus.
37 students from the following 7 international schools in Japan had participated in International High School Internship Program (IHIP) at Toyosu and Omiya campuses as interns for two weeks from July 2-July 14, 2018.
-The American School in Japan
-India International School in Japan
-K. International School
-St. Mary’s International School
-Saint Maur International School
-Gyosei International Senior High School
-Kealakehe High School (Hawaii)
SIT’s main goal is to inspire students to not only embrace science and engineering as a career choice, but also to encourage them to step further to scientific studies and build up a complex scientific mindset. This offer delivers a good opportunity to get in touch with different cultures, to meet and work with students from various international schools.
The program was held in the following areas:
-Information and Electronics
The students had spent 30 hours per week on the chosen program, under the guidance of faculty, graduate and undergraduate students. The most essential event throughout this internship program was final presentations given by interns. The overall presentation and research reports written by interns have evidently shown a direct impression concerning the value of internship program. At the end of the program, 6 students were selected for best presenter awards along with honorable mention awards. Here are more details for the best presenter awards and honorable mention awards:
Best Presenter Awards:
Erika Stewart, K-International School
Riya Singh, Indian International School in Japan
Sudhir Ganesh, Indian International School in Japan
Honorable Mention Awards:
Eliot Behr, The American School in Japan
Yoonjin Son, The American School in Japan
Stephanie Eristoff, The American School in Japan
In essence, Prof. Dr. Muralidhar Miryala (Deputy President and IHIP Director) strongly believes that this internship program is a significant motivation for international students to enhance their intellectual capacities within cutting edge of research.
Here are some comments from the students:
Arjun Srivastava (ASIJ)
My experience at SIT was an amazing one. Being an intern at the Department of Material Science and Engineering was an eye-opener to the kind of college course I wanted to major in. Throughout the two-week internship, I obtained tons of lab experience with different instruments and machines I had never heard of and never would've touched in my school. The professors, college students, and friends I collaborated with made the experience ten times better. Overall, I would definitely recommend this internship to anyone who's interested in gaining lab experience for their potential future in a science field.
Riya Singh (IISJ)
Being here at SIT was a really great experience. Learning about robotics in the Dept. of Electrical Engineering gave me an insight on how important learning a topic like this is as our future generations will be the ones to observe and behold the development of technology in the upcoming years. Through this internship, I gained experience on how university life is and how things work out here and for this I am very sincerely grateful to SIT for giving me this wonderful and memorable opportunity. Coming here at SIT is definitely worth giving a try.
Young Kim (ASIJ)
It is nearly unbelievable that this experience carried no charge. What I gained everyday was worth a thousand textbooks. Not only was I provided with explosure to university-level research, but I also gained thorough familiarity with the importance of failure and persistence through any process. The extensive range of equipment that I was given access to and the kind guidance by undergraduate and graduate students that I received put many of my future ambitions on track. It has become an unforgettable memory, and I genuinely recommend it to all students!
Yuki Agarwala (K-International)
The internship at Shibaura Institute of Technology is one of the best experiences a high school student can have at our level. I was able to get real-life experience regarding technology and techniques in the field of my choice. Never having seen most of the instruments and chemicals, I realized how wide the field of environmental science actually is. The experiences I gained at SIT took me out of the bubble of high school education and helped me see, in reality, what I learn at school such as gel electrophoresis. Throughout my time at SIT, I also realized that research can yield unexpectedly frustrating results, but is always rewarding in the long term. Along with this, I was able to meet people from various schools and backgrounds, exposing me to greater diversity. I would like to thank the organizers and my tutors for giving me the opportunity to explore new grounds and learn the fundamentals of research, which will be invaluable for my scientific career.
Vishwag Paleri (ASIJ)
The two week internship program at SIT has given me a firsthand exposure to college education and environment. I have interned with the Mechanical Engineering Department and focused on Laser Doppler Velocimetry (LDV). The initial days were tough to follow and I had some anxious moments. My tutors who are also the current students of SIT and the Professor were always available for any clarifications that I had. Their guidance was valuable to understand the concepts which greatly helped me to prepare my final report. Overall it was an enriching experience at SIT and I hope I will have an opportunity to study in future at this esteemed institution.
The two weeks of internship at SIT has proved to be a really fruitful experience for me. I was able to gain a wider view about the division I was assigned to which is the Department of Material Science & Engineering. I was able to expand my knowledge, meet people of different social backgrounds and encounter a slice of college life. I would like to thank my supervisor, tutors and all the coordinators who were involved in this program as they helped me gain a really memorable experience.