Team Thomas Swan Tell us About Week 2!

Lukas, student intern from Groningen, tells us about his second week interning at Thomas Swan & Co.

Yet another seven days have flown by, certainly because all interns are just having a great time in Newcastle! After the first weekend and some let’s call them, great nights out, Thomas Swan’s interns were ready for some challenging workdays again. Starting your second week in a chemical company is undoubtedly more relaxed than starting your first one. No safety instruction courses nor puzzled faces during chemistry lessons!

As mentioned in our previous blog, our workforce of five initial students was subdivided into two smaller groups, conducting research on printable electronics and the composites market. However, we work together supporting each other as one whole group – team spirit! The group responsible for research in the composites market were able to start their research early on and immediately established high standards for the remainder of the project.

To give you an impression of the actual tasks though, both teams were preparing to contact companies and, if possible, individuals being leaders in their respective composites or printable electronics industry. This happened by desk research and the creation of adopted email templates in preparation for the big reach-out on Thursday. On Thursday, our big day, the interns ultimately reached out to about 60 companies via email and enquiry online forms. One intern, who does not want to be mentioned by name in this blog, unfortunately reached out to a great number of companies using the wrong unedited email template. I guess stuff like this happens from time to time!

The weekend was reserved for some let’s call them very special nights out and one of my personal highlights during free-time of the GEO project, our trip to Scotland – Edinburgh. I still cannot believe that we managed to organize reasonably priced train tickets in advance but we did. Concluding, the second week was as fun as the first one and raises expectations for the final week. Complementary second week thoughts are devoted to the Scottish accent; Javier’s progress on his MBA dissertation and our taxi driver who has apparently spent £1000 on Angry Birds throughout the last two years!


Katherine and Drishti working hard.


Javier kindly helping  a team member from the printable electronics workforce.