What I learned/Gained from the Internship:
It exposed me to US-China relations, getting involved in one facet of business (NGO/NPO), utilized Chinese and English language skills, provided an insight into the future financial hub of the world, and got to talk with the movers and shakers of Shanghai’s global market economy has been the cherry on top. This is the area that I’ve always been obsessed with, but was afraid with only a minor in business and as a mere undergraduate, I would never get a chance to experience. It’s really helped open my eyes to the fact that I have the potential to go after I want, and with an introduction into U.S.-China commercial relations, this is just the beginning of so many opportunities I have waiting for me.
Strengths/Weaknesses of the Internship:
In my experience, honestly no weaknesses. I still remember back in
March during my phone interviews that regardless the task I just wanted the
internship so badly. But what surprised me most was they asked, “What do you
like to do most? We would like to place you in a position that you will enjoy.”
Though it may sound sickly of me, this internship has provided opportunities for me to work under pressure, allow me to excel in what I enjoy, multi-task to the extreme and really utilize all my skills in any given day.
Interning Abroad in Shanghai:
Opinion on Shanghai: If you want to get involved in any business, trade, up-and-coming transformations of the global economy, Shanghai is the place to be. If you do not speak Chinese but want to go to China, Shanghai is the comfiest place for foreigners. Lines of foreign brand products, the influx of expatriates and Starbucks on every corner will subdue any lingering culture shock. It feels like New York more than any place in China I've ever been. With it's opening as a free-trade zone, it'll be exciting to see how the economy transforms.
How the organization helps to further the goals of students:
AmCham Shanghai provides the potential for interns to go above and beyond. When it comes down to the fine details, it’s ultimately dependent upon how much the intern wants and can take on. I could have sat here for the past four months on Chinese Facebook and gotten away with it, but that’s not why I went through four phone interviews, accepted an unpaid internship and hopped on a plane four days after graduation. My advisors and staff have helped immerse myself in the issue of helping small business expand abroad, the intricacies behind governmental, NGO, NPO and Public Private Partnerships, and I’m extremely thankful. But what I'm most thankful is their adherence in really showing me that I'm not just an intern, but a valuable asset in advocating for economic prosperity for both the U.S. and China. Though it was only three months, I learned as much as I would in a year at school. This internship undoubtedly has strengthened my foundation in business practicality, day-to-day logistics and providing the best I can for my company. With this experience, I now have the confidence that I can apply to jobs in any industry and any field.