Q: How has our company helped you to bridge your academic learning to the professional work environment?
A: I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology, but became interested in finance and international business during my last two years of school. My internship allowed me to utilize the research and writing skills I gained as a psychology student, while also giving me a hands-on introduction to the business environment in Asia.
Q: Did you receive enough training to learn effectively?
A:One of the best aspects of my time with Asia Briefing was the amount of responsibility I was given early on in my internship. After receiving an introduction to the company and an overview of our publication platforms, I was assigned my first article and was guided along the way by several of our colleagues in the office. This structure allowed me to learn by doing, while still receiving the appropriate support from those above me.
Q:Do you feel this internship will help you in your studies or career ahead?
A:My internship helped clarify my future career goals and greatly enhanced my understanding of the business and regulatory environment in Asia. This knowledge is highly valuable and will be of great use to my future endeavors!
Q:How do you overall rate your internship here?
A:I would give the Asia Briefing Editorial Internship a high mark of 9/10 for several reasons. Most importantly, I was given the opportunity to participate in projects that enhanced my writing and research skills, as well as my general business knowledge of the region. The projects I worked on will boost my future resume and provide concrete examples I can show to potential employers. Also, the work environment at Asia Briefing is up-beat and conducive to intellectual and professional exploration. In my experience, a self-motivated individual has a lot to gain from an internship with Asia Briefing.
Q:Would you recommend working for this company to your friends and classmates?
A:I would definitely recommend working with Asia Briefing to my friends and classmates, especially those with an interest in Asia. It can be a challenge to transition to life in China, but the rewards, both personally and professionally, are immense and well worth the added effort. This is an opportunity I think any driven individual can profit from.
Q:What aspect of your job do you most enjoy?
A:I most enjoyed the varied nature of the work I did with Asia Briefing. One day I might write about business regulations in India and the next day work on a piece about the economic prospects in Vietnam. I really enjoyed the freedom this allowed for my curiosity and valued the ability to learn something new every day at work.
Q:What aspect of your job do you least enjoy?
A:Gathering regulatory documents, such as regional trade agreements, can be tedious and frustrating, but these kinds of activities luckily only made up a very small percentage of my work. It wouldn't be a job if everything was fun!