German at Aquinas College

German Translation

German Translation Practicum

Seniors Paul Sommerville and Michael Maxwell, were part of the first cohort of German students who graduated with Translation & Interpretation with a German Concentration major.

The pair completed their translation practicum with the German firm ETO Magnetic Corp. (ETO Gruppe), a company that develops and produces electromagnetic products for cars, commercial vehicles and industrial applications.

Michael Ignazcak, president of ETO Magnetic (Grand Rapids), served as on-site supervisor of the team.

“The German Translation and Interpretation practicum was more than just another class or even a capstone. It was a real work experience that gave me insights to the ever-growing world of the international automotive industry and how it adapts to the domestic workplace. The work was not the only item that came with challenges and new experiences; interactions with both German and domestic personnel created unique, professional relationships. All of these aspects helped me apply and grow both my German and business skills unlike any other internship or professional development opportunity that I have completed during my studies at Aquinas.” (Paul Sommerville, ‘18)

Hands-On Experience

The German Business class visited the Economic Club of Grand Rapids for a presentation about Shinola, a Detroit-based watch and leather goods company, from President Jacques Panis. The students also met with various local business members.