In China by Eller Student

When I got here I didn’t know what to expect when it came to my internship.  I have never had a real internship before, so I had no previous experience to work from.  I didn’t even interview with my company beforehand, so I couldn’t even imagine what I was about to walk into.

I showed up to my first day of work and everyone assumed that I was fluent in Japanese.  I have taken 2 semesters of Japanese in college, and I am nowhere nearly fluent… If that wasn’t bad enough, they already expected me to be an expert in the world of finance.  It turns out that I couldn’t have been luckier with my placement in my internship.  I thought I was going to be doing things like filing papers and making copies, but instead they slowly began to give me real responsibilities.  Now that I am in the full swing of things, I have officially taken the place of one of the employees on leave, and I actually get to experience what a real finance job is like.  I have never learned so much in such a short period of time in my life, and it is an opportunity I am incredibly thankful for.  I have been in college for three years now and have probably learned a quarter of what I have learned in just a week and a half at my internship.  The learning experience is amazing, and I have people in my job that I love to work with.  Yes, I have to take my job very seriously, and it involves a lot of stress and effort, but it is a rare opportunity when someone as inexperienced and young as I am gets to do something like this.