This post is also available in: German
Hello my name is Jannis Peimann, and I am part of the Continental dual studies program at my home location in Wetzlar, Germany. I was given the opportunity to spend time abroad. It was always a childhood dream of me to go to the United States of America. By going to the Silicon Valley in California for a three-month internship, my dream came true.
In this blog, I would like to take you with me on my journey through America.
If you hear Silicon Valley, you may think about high-tech companies, startups and the next big ideas. On my first drive to the San Jose office, I saw towering buildings from companies such as: Samsung, Cisco and Google. All major tech companies have an office here, and to the right of the Samsung NA Head Quarter is the Continental office. An office that contains all 5 divisions under one roof, collaborating and working together on the ideas for tomorrow.
On my first day at work my new colleagues welcomed me and showed me around the brand-new building and the surrounding Bay Area.
After that, I was introduced to my project. The project was to create an e-drive test bench to be able to validate testing / instrumentation ideas on that bench instead of going through the trouble to connect that ideas to a high-voltage electric powertrain in a car.
Life in California
I recognized very quickly on my daily commute to work, that you should not drive within certain hours. During the rush hours of 7-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. the traffic jams are insane, and you could easily spend 30 minutes for a 4 mile drive. After changing my daily schedule, the drive to work was more enjoyable and I started to absorb the relaxed Californian way of driving and living life.
Even though I was alone on my journey to the US, it didn’t take me long to meet new people at the office and in the area, due to the openness of the people. I made lasting friendships with people from all over the world like Japan, India, China and Mexico with many interesting stories.
Visiting California, Nevada and Arizona
During my internship I drove over 6000 miles in 3 months on the weekends! I knew that California was nearly the same size as Germany, but the actual distance being that long, took me a while to realize. Fortunately, one of my favorite hobbies, next to exploring the world, is driving.
One of my biggest trips was from San Jose to Death Valley then Las Vegas, to the Grand Canyon and then part of the way back on the famous Route 66. Seeing all these beautiful landscapes was really impressive and it showed me how beautiful North America truly is. During my trips, I saw snow near Lake Tahoe and Yosemite to sandstorms in the Mojave Desert.
If you were to ask me where my favorites places in America are, I would say everything is well worth the journey. Meeting all these people and seeing all the great landscape really was an amazing experience, that I highly recommend to anyone who is interested in seeing different cultures, worksites and would like to increase their mindset.