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  • Mirka Karra

#FACES 4 - Welcoming our trainees: How’s it to work in one of the best working environments?

The start of July marked an exciting time for NET2GRID! A new cohort of trainees has arrived at NET2GRID’s Thessaloniki offices to start their 3-month internship.


NET2GRID Hellas has been recognized by the Internship Program of The Aristotle University Thessaloniki as one of the best working environments in the city for junior graduate engineers and developers to kick start their careers. For NET2GRID Hellas this program has been an amazing opportunity to close the gap between University and Industry, offer new graduates the opportunity to start a promising career, prevent the so-called "brain-drain" which devastates Greece and establish a gateway to sourcing talent.


This year’s 8 trainees are students of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Departments of Informatics and Electrical & Mechanical Engineering and they are going to fill positions such as Energy Data Analysts, Big Data Engineers, Embedded System Engineers and Data Scientists.


Despite the COVID-19 restrictions, the student applications for the much-wanted internship spots double every year, and a number of these internships lead to permanent contracts with NET2GRID Hellas. The notable interest from students to join NET2GRID Hellas for an internship program over time translates into 15 students applying to join the internship program in 2018, followed by 49 in 2019 and 73 in 2020, respectively.



Read here reviews and testimonials from last year’s cohort of trainees.


The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki has awarded NET2GRID Hellas with distinctions for the 2018-2019 academic year. Dimitrios I. Doukas has been recognized by the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, as the best mentor/supervisor for the academic year (2018-2019) and Christos Athanasiadis, NET2GRID’s Machine Learning Engineer, as the best intern.


Such awards are an acknowledgment of the dedication and drive of NET2GRID’s Dr. Antonios Chrysopoulos (Head of Analytics) and of Dr. Dimitrios I. Doukas to create a high-performance learning experience that is beneficial to both students and NET2GRID.

For this year’s trainees cohort, in a welcome address to the new trainees, Dr. Dimitrios Doukas, CIO and Country Manager Greece said: ''NET2GRID has been recently recognized by the Internship Program of The Aristotle University Thessaloniki as one of the best working environments in the city for junior graduate engineers and developers. In the last 3,5 years, we had 40 interns working with us on topics like ‘Big Energy Data Analytics’, ‘Embedded Systems’, ‘Machine Learning and ‘AWS Cloud Services’. Completing their successful internships, NET2GRID Hellas offered permanent contracts to 12 of them, whereas 8 are still with NET2GRID. We are thrilled with the increased interest from students to kick start their careers with NET2GRID Hellas and we would like to welcome all of our new trainees which just started!''

About the internship program, Dr. Antonios Chrysopoulos, Head of Analytics at NET2GRID, mentioned: ''NET2GRID's Internship Programme offers students the opportunity to gain direct practical experience on state-of-the-art technologies. These technologies include Embedded Systems, Cloud Infrastructures, Machine Learning, Data Mining, and a combination of these. Interns will develop, test, and implement custom-made solutions to create robust solutions, services, tools, and algorithms for complex real-life problems. Interns will work as part of a Team; together, they oversee software from development to production and innovate daily on actual products that are part of the NET2GRID services portfolio. Up to this point, I have supervised 25 students from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Even though we are talking about young academics with no prior working experience, I am genuinely impressed by their technical level and problem-solving skills.''

More information on the Internship Program of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki can be found here: https://www.ccf.auth.gr/en/https%3A/dasta.auth.gr