Why did you decide to intern abroad with World Wide Internship?
Rob: World Wide Internship referred me to SII in Chengdu. They were put up with the task of not simply finding me an internship company, but one that fit my thesis requirements. This was an extra burden for them, but very well executed.
Tell us about an experience you had that you could not have had at home!
Rob: The experience so far is mixed. China is a country with many contradictions and those contradictions are not always easy to live with. It takes more than six months to become a full participant of its society.
Prior to my internship, I had an idealistic view of China, now it strokes more with reality. I have come to appreciate the comforts and progressiveness of the West and have more respect for the country that I took for granted.
What is one piece of advice you would give future World Wide Internship Students?
Rob: Many of the Chinese people that I have interacted with do not speak English well. Relying on apps and local friends is a must. Learning some basic Chinese can help you get around and be more independent.
How has this experience impacted your future?
Rob: Living in China allowed me to visit nearby countries like South Korea and Hong Kong. This gave me insight into the modern Asia and possibilities for a future there.