Category Archives: Jarkeiria

Learning About My Next Job In This Job

I came into my first internship thinking I knew what I was getting into, but the reality was far from my expectations. During my internship, I realized that working 9-5 requires some schedule adjustments and new expectations for how to … Continue reading

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Projects and People

At my internship, I haven’t made any glaring mistakes.  It’s a low-demanding position, and the interns I work with do a good job communicating and working together to solve problems. As I stated in my previous Journals, ambiguity is one … Continue reading

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The Challenges and Opportunities of Global Tourism in China

My company is in a transitional period of focusing more on the overseas tourism.  I think many more opportunities will surface as they become more global. Currently, Century Elephants is making these efforts by establishing offices in both the U.S … Continue reading

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The Importance of Communication (or lack thereof)

I think the strengths that the fellow interns and I have is our way of navigating the web and finding out information that could help our team leader. We have access to the U.S VPN which helps greatly when it … Continue reading

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A Tourist in a Tourism Company

As a college student, I have learned about the latest trends in the industry through my coursework. As an intern, I learned about  industry through hands-on experience at my company. Because of my knowledge of generational and contemporary trends, I … Continue reading

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Reaching Full Potential

Jarkeiria Smith, summer intern at Century Elephants Culture communication. This company specializes in digital integration.  It is a company of many departments including marketing, tourism and digital design etc. My supervisor is more like a team leader (per my coworkers) … Continue reading

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Cultural Enlightenment

Internship opportunities are important for any college student looking to advance their professional career. Internships abroad are much more than a professional advancement but rather a cultural enlightenment. The first day was really all about introductions. Since my team leader … Continue reading

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It’s all in the History

One event that was culturally informative was the hidden and public history of the Tiananmen Square. Tiananmen is the public political face of China. Mao began a series of Five Year Plans to improve the economy, beginning with heavy industry. … Continue reading

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Nin Hao Mr. Lee

One aspect of Chinese culture that I found interesting was the concept of Guanxi. The concept of Guanxi means that the personal network and contacts are ways for getting support in an uncertain, unsecured and frenzied society. Mutual exchanges are … Continue reading

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