- Duration: 6 weeks
- University: University of California, Davis (UC Davis)
- Location: Shanghai, China
- Type of office: Shanghai Headquarter
- Industry sector: Finance & Accounting
- Key assignments: Build business models and managed financial assets for company start-up. Managed documents and analyzed clients’ Standard Operating Procedures for finance department. Translated emails for company executives for whom English was a secondary language.
Why did you decide to do an internship in Shanghai?
I decided to look for an internship in Shanghai mainly so I would have the chance to visit the 2010 World Expo held here this year, but little did I know that I would enjoy other aspects of the metropolitan city as well. I chose to intern in China because I knew it would be a much different experience than working in the U.S. I was pleased that Next Step Connections was able to search among the vast majority of companies located here and place me in a company that suited my particular interests.
So far, how is living in Shanghai?
Living in Shanghai is quite different than what I am used to. The city is bustling with crowds of people everywhere and street vendors and shopkeepers seem to take aggressive marketing to a whole new level. However, food has never tasted so good and sometimes the stalls set up in alleyways sell the best snack foods ever. Pudding milk tea for 6 RMB makes it all worth living here in the city.
What do you do at your internship? What types of tasks do you have?
At my internship, I assist the company’s clients with managing their financial assets. I make sense of the numbers on various Excel spreadsheets and look over the clients’ SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures). I also help translate emails for the company members who do not speak fluent English. During my downtime, I learn a little about accounting and how the company establishes its particular business models.
How do you like your internship?
I enjoy the fact that I am learning about accounting and finance. Aside from the technical tasks I have to do, this internship is also teaching me how to work and present myself at such a professional workplace. I am glad that the other interns have taken me in and under their mentorship, I am slowly starting to discover my ideal career path.
How will this internship benefit you in the future? What are your plans after this internship in Shanghai?
After this internship, I plan to take what I have learned and apply them to my studies at school. Although what I have learned is different than what I focus on for my major back at my university, I can utilize the work experience to better myself for future professions in such work environments.
Interviewer: Michelle Kirina Chan