Danish engineering students Peder Skovlunden-Pedersen, Tim
Riis Tolman, Dan Skov Rasmussen and Tobias Rosten are
spending six months working at Dunedin company Escea. Photo
by Stephen Jaquiery.
When four Danish engineering students were looking for
somewhere to complete a six-month internship, they chose
Peder Skovlunden-Pedersen (29), from the University of
Southern Denmark, and Tim Riis Tolman (23), Dan Skov
Rasmussen (28) and Tobias Rosten (25) from Aarhus University,
are the latest international interns to work at gas-fire
manufacturing company Escea.
As part of the Danish engineering curriculum, students had to
do a six-month stint ''working somewhere'' and two students
first arrived at Escea about five years ago, brand manager
Mark Cowden said.
They had been coming ever since, with an intake now every six
months, averaging about four students in each group.
Mostly they were from Denmark, although there had been a
couple from Spain and one from Lithuania.
A house and car were provided and Mr Cowden laughed that the
car got an ''absolute hammering'', as the students enjoyed
travelling around and seeing the sights.
One former intern was understood to be back living in
Dunedin, while others had ''blown back through'', he said.
The company did not struggle for applications and the
advantage for Escea from the programme was that it got bright
young workers with good skills and a different view.
''And it just stops us being too inwards looking and New
Zealand focused and Dunedin focused. We are a global company
in our outlook,'' he said.
The students worked on whatever engineering projects were on
at the time, whether that was helping with new product
development, making new tools for the factory or helping with
The latest quartet, who finish at Escea on July 1, were
enjoying both their time at Escea and exploring the wider
Mr Rosten applied because he was keen to do ''something
different'' to taking an internship in Denmark and wanted to
''see some more of the world''.
''Denmark is nice but you can always broaden your horizons,''
It was his second trip to New Zealand - he came here with his
parents when he was about 6 - while the other three are all
on their first trip.
Mr Riis Tolman had grown to really like Dunedin, enjoying the
easy access to the city centre, the beach for surfing -''we
don't have these waves back in Denmark'' - and the
surrounding hills for running.
But the best part was the people he had met.
''They are so friendly down here compared to Denmark,'' he
While the group acknowledged the first couple of weeks proved
a little bit tricky as they got to grips with technical terms
in the factory, language was otherwise no barrier.