Hi! I’m Kevin, a rising sophomore!
I have been in Shanghai, China for a month already. I still have two more months to go!
I’m participating in a program called CRCC Asia, which includes a 1-month Mandarin-intensive course and a 2-month internship placement. Before this week, I had been attending a Mandarin intensive course five days a week for a month. At first, I wanted to take on an internship in Manchester, U.K. However, I decided that Mandarin is an important asset that will make me a better job candidate in the future. So, I ended up deciding that it is better for me to improve my Chinese and take on an internship simultaneously this summer. Where’s a better environment to learn Chinese than China?
I started my internship this week at a company called Ai Wei (愛味), who are known for their famous coffee/herbal tea beverage maker in China. However, they are trying to enter the global/western market with their new Kickstarter project, JUISIR. I will be specifically working with their Marketing Department to launch this product. Since they are a Shanghai-based company, almost all of their employees. speak Chinese with very minimal English. So, I hope to make a very big impact in the way the company and the product will portray itself in the global market.
I have a lot of expectations in terms of my learning curve. Because the company is very busy right now with launching the product very soon, I believe that there will be a lot of tasks for me to work on. I want to focus on every aspect of launching the product and the follow up after launch. It is not an overly large yet successful company, so I even hope to interact and learn from the CEO directly if I do get the chance.
Commuting to work is extremely convenient and cheap but is a bit far from where I currently live. There are millions of bikes around for anyone to use. You just have to deposit! My work hours are from 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM, but I have to wake up at 7:30 AM because the commute is 1 hour and 20 minutes.
The picture below is where my company is located. The office is located on the 11th & 12th floor of SOHO in Songhong Road. I have previous experience working in a civil engineering firm, so I am very familiar with working in a professional setting. However, most of the work I did was more individualized work. I hope I can learn the importance of team collaboration and the emphasis of more team-oriented projects.