Internship with New Wide Group of Taipei, Taiwan
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Ho Kwan Cheung

Paterno Fellow
Major: Psychology (Business option), Spanish (Applied Spanish option)
Minor: Sociology, Business and Liberal Arts Minor
Hometown: Hong Kong
LinkedIn: Ho Kwan Cheung

How did you learn about this opportunity?

A friend introduced this opportunity to me and I was offered an interview.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

This summer, I lived abroad by myself for the first time and interned with New Wide Group in Taipei, Taiwan. Before I started working, I was interviewed by the HR department to discover what I wanted to gain through my internship experience. My orientation also included an introduction to the company's history and values and short training courses. During my seven weeks in Taipei, my daily routine included editing and translating weekly newsletters and training material between Chinese and English. I was also actively involved in the company’s seminar planning process and attended all major HR meetings. In addition, I regularly interacted with the company’s branch offices in China to coordinate programs and projects. The internship program also allowed me to travel to Shanghai for two weeks, where I worked in the HR headquarters of the company’s Chinese office. This showed me a lot about the cultural differences between Taiwan and mainland China. One memorable experience was when I organized a seminar talk hosted by the leading management expert, Dr. Marshall Goldsmith. Besides gaining event planning experience, it was an honor to speak with Dr. Goldsmith in person.

“This internship made me realize how textbook knowledge comes into place in applied settings.”

How did this experience impact you academically?

Because I am interested in Human Resources Management, which is heavily linked with Industrial and Organizational Psychology, my internship experience allowed the things I learned in the classroom to become more concrete. This internship made me realize how textbook knowledge comes into place in applied settings.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

I wish to attend graduate school for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and eventually work in an HR management-related field. This internship gave me my first real-life experience in the field and allowed me to apply what I learned in school to outside work. Working in a foreign country also broadened my perspectives, which is essential in today's increasingly globalizing business climate. This unique experience further solidified my interest in the field. 

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