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Matthias Bachmann

A former student of our college has gained a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to intern at one of the United States’ top futurist think tanks.

Matthias Bachmann is off to Colorado, USA, to undertake a three-month internship at the DaVinci Institute, founded in 1997 by leading futurist Thomas Frey.

Matthias has just graduated from AUT with a Bachelor of Creative Technology, a multi-disciplinary degree focusing on current and emerging technology. He is the first student from the degree to receive an AUT Internz scholarship to intern in the United States.

An hour-and-a-half after his Skype interview with the Institute, Matthias was offered the job of Project Intern.

“The internship will involve some aspects of my field of work (user experience and user interface design), but it will also end up exposing me to a lot of other parts of the industry,” Matthias said.

“I’m hugely interested in the start-up scene and given that the DaVinci institute has a co-working space with over 30 businesses, it’s going to be a great way to do some networking and make some international connections. Mentoring is a big part of it, too. It’s as much a learning opportunity as it work experience.

“Plus, I’m hoping to bring a bit of the Kiwi tech scene over to the States as well!”

So where does the Kiwi tech enthusiast see himself in the future?

“I’m really big into start-up culture so I’d like to be involved in that with a few projects of my own. Or alternatively, if one of them takes off and I become a classic Silicon Valley success story, then getting involved in venture capital and mentoring. A man can dream!”

Principal Tracey Dykstra said our school aimed to prepare all our students for a fast-changing world.

“It is so important that today’s students think critically and creatively and develop independence. These are skills that Matthias has evidently honed and which have appealed to DaVinci, an institute that is looking for adaptable, creative minds to understand and address the needs of the future. We are incredibly proud of this achievement and those of all our students who take a place on the global stage.”

Photo by Michael Bradley

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