Defence interns head to France

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Nine Flinders University students have been awarded Embassy of France in Australia internships under the 2019 Nicolas Baudin student mobility grant.

The grant is designed to encourage Australian university students to undertake a research internship in a French laboratory in collaboration with an industrial partner in France.

“We’re very pleased to see so many of our outstanding students follow in the footsteps of the inaugural interns who have benefited from both international travel and unparalleled opportunities to work with engineers and defence technicians from companies such as Naval Group, Thalès, and others,” said Tony Kyriacou, director of Flinders Defence Partnerships.

“To have our university take offers of one-third of this year’s internships highlights the place Flinders occupies in the defence sector and this initiative further enhances our engagement with leading French defence-related industrial and academic partners.”

Brandon Lu, a recipient of the Nicolas Baudin grant will work on a marine and offshore project that builds 3D submarine drones.

“The defence industry looks attractive as a career pathway, especially in South Australia,” Lu said.

The student mobility program is named after the French explorer Nicolas Baudin, who in 1802 (at the same time as Matthew Flinders) charted the coast of Australia.

Flinders University says its looking forward to hosting French students under the new Matthew Flinders scholarship program in the future.