He is also a 2011 participant in a Next Step Connections internship program in Hong Kong, while he was a graduate student in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Southern California. Benjamin was paired with a Chinese student during the program, living in a small apartment in Mong Kok on the Kowloon Side of Hong Kong and working at CNN International.
Although Benjamin was an experienced traveler prior to going on the program, this was his first exposure to Asia. It turns out that Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated territories in the world, which provides first time visitors with a powerful introduction to some of the cultural idiosyncrasies of an Asian city.
Undaunted, Benjamin thrived in the newness, the differences and the intensity and continues to share those experiences with students that are considering joining internship abroad programs.