My supervisor at Delsk poses truly difficult questions for myself and the other interns to answer. At the start of each assignment I always think that there is no way I will be able to find this information or present it in the correct format. For example, my latest assignment is to create a training PowerPoint for new employees. In the PowerPoint I have to explain what “Retrogression” and “Age-Freezing” are in regards to the EB-5 program. I then have to give analysis on how these policies affect Brazil, China, India, and Vietnam. At first, the assignment had a lot to take in. However, after dividing and conquering each part of the PowerPoint little by little, I have made significant progress. I am currently around halfway finished with the PowerPoint and have managed to include statistical data from all four countries regarding investment immigration. I think these difficult projects allow me opportunities to see what I am capable of. Had I not been pressed to complete the difficult tasks they assign me I would have never pushed myself to learn and create this much. Now that I know what I am capable of my confidence has increased and I feel I could handle any problem any employer throws at me.
The best features of my internship are the variety of work and the people I work with. Going into the internship I had predicted it would be very finance and math based. And while a lot of the work I do relates to finance, I’m learning so much about other topics like international business law, and investment migration. These are two topics I find extremely interesting and I probably would not have been exposed to them completing an internship back home. I have also learned plenty in regards to traditional finance as well, like debt to equity structuring, bridge financing, and lender seniority.
The people I work with are also a lot of fun. My department has mostly westerners so a lot of us have common backgrounds and cultural similarities. This makes it easy to tell jokes and be sarcastic without a cultural barrier. There are still a couple of Chinese nationals in our department, which has given me a taste of the traditional work culture here, as well.
In regards to my favorite food in Beijing, I suppose I don’t really have one. Like most of the other students here I am a big fan of the Jianbing that many street vendors sell. For 6 rmb the price is really tough to beat. I do love eating at Makato’s Pizza as well. The food itself isn’t amazing but the atmosphere is welcoming to foreigners.
As a side note, another challenge I have faced this past week was a serious illness. Coming to China I had anticipated getting sick I just did not know when it would be or how serious. Unfortunately for me I got a fever about as worse as they come and spent four nights in the hospital with a fever ranging from 100-104F. Oddly enough I never received an official diagnosis and still have no clue what brought on my illness or what got rid of it. Thankfully the hospital I stayed at had extremely considerate staff and did everything possible to accommodate me. The CRCC Asia group also did everything in their power to make sure I was comfortable and I’m extremely grateful. Finally, my week did have one bright spot, which was getting to see the Incredibles 2 with some friends before my fever erupted.