Joshua Onabanjo is a Homeland Security major at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona Beach. He completed a 3 month internship with the Chief Security Office, Corporate Security Department of Deutsche Bahn AG in Berlin, Germany.
Please tell us what your position title was, and what your role entailed.
My position title was a Corporate Security Intern and my role was to assist the consultant to the Chief Security Officer in the case of international security.
What was the most rewarding part of your internship?
The most rewarding part of my internship was working together with different railway companies all around Europe in implementing security standards and procedures on European railways to mitigate and deter terrorists threats.
What was the biggest challenge at your internship, and how did you overcome it?
The biggest challenge of my internship was the language barrier because my internship was in Germany and I overcame that by learning German, however it was still a struggle.
How did you approach the transition of not only taking part in an internship opportunity, but one in another country?
It was my choice to do an internship in a different country because I wanted to see and learn of a different view and perspective of what I am studying which is Homeland Security. It was obviously nerve wrecking to go to a different country to do an internship, however, it was an excellent opportunity and was a great learning experience for me.
Do you have any advice for students who are seeking out an internship opportunity?
I would advise student who are seeking out an internship to step out of their comfort zone and try to find an internship that is out of the ordinary. One that provides them with not only learning about what a real job looks like, but one that allows them to contribute and also one that allows them to use what they have learned at Embry-Riddle.