Paulina Schwarzbeck is an Economics major set to graduate in May 2020. This summer she interned for Shanghai Tang as an ICT Intern in Hong Kong.
How did you get this internship?
I spoke with my advisor about potentially doing an internship or semester abroad and he introduced me to the program. Once I applied and sent in my resume, companies reached out to me and I had an over the phone interview and a written exam. The company then called me back to tell me I had the job.
What was a typical day like?
I would get to work at around 9:30 and check my email for any jobs my supervisor had sent me to do that morning. From there usually me and my supervisor would work on the ongoing POS project which included doing testings, presentations, and meetings with the system provider. I would leave work around 6:30-6:45 but it was not uncommon to stay as late as 7 or 8.
What was your favorite part of the experience?
I don’t know if I could choose a favorite part but my work and my co-workers were amazing as well as exploring the city with friends.
If you worked on a big project, please describe it below:
The two main projects that we worked on over the summer was the POS project and introducing and setting up the Expensify app for the company. Expensify is an app to track employee expenses when they go on business trips or spend on business meetings. They input their expenses then it gets sent to their supervisors then finance for approval then reimbursement. The new POS project had been going on for 6 months before I arrived and the goal was to change all POS systems throughout all of the Shanghai Tang stores from a new supplier.
What did you find most challenging about your internship?
I think the hardest part was adapting the first couple of weeks with the work environment, coworkers, and living in another country. But after the initial shock, it is pretty easy to adjust.
What advice do you have for other students looking for a similar internship?
I would say to talk with their supervisors and figure out if there are any opportunities they are interested in. I think if anyone has the opportunity to go abroad and do an internship that they should do it because it is a once in a lifetime experience.
How did Eller prepare you for your internship?
Eller did a great job preparing me for the work that I would experience over there as well as providing students with the pre- on boarding sessions where they went over work environments in other countries and what to expect overall so we wouldn’t go in not knowing anything.