Hi current and future Bearcats,
I am very excited to share my six months Co-op experience with you all. Because it was not only my first time working in American company, but also an interesting lifelong lesson that taught me so much of both professional technical and communicative skills.
I still remember clearly the first day of my internship. I was told to come to a Chinese company and join the meeting with our Chinese business partners. In order to enter Chinese market successfully, it is necessary to work with a local authoritative company. Although it was little overwhelming as the first day, it was a unique experience for me to really understand how intense the real-world business can be. After one week discussion of the contract draft, we went back to USA and my official first day in the office started.
One of the senior engineers in the company was my supervisor and was responsible for training me with professional engineering skills. At the beginning, I was struggling and had no idea how to handle the problems occurred in the projects. So my supervisor would take extra time explaining to me the main issues and teaching me how to utilize the in-class knowledge into practical application. Soon I realized a lot of the information he taught me I already learned in the classroom, so I went back and reviewed my class note. I was able to seeing the connection myself, which was pretty amazing and really motivate me to learn and understand in depth. As I was trained every day, I was also assigned with various tasks, such as writing implementation plans for projects, researching unfamiliar topics that related to our products, translating the technical manual and so on.
Other than the regular professional trainings, I also had chances to visit China for three times without spending my own money. Even though I was only an intern, I attended the meetings for signing the contract and discussing about future cooperative strategies, where I was introduced to the head of the companies. While we were in China, we also visited those project sites and attended the conference, which allows me to gain more understandings of the wastewater treatment field. What’s more exciting was that I was able to stay at home with my family and even meet up with my friends, whom I haven’t seen for a long time. That’s right! It was the best internship for me!!!
There are so much great things I want to share with you, but I also don’t want to write an extreme long blog that makes you sleepy. So please feel free to contact me if you would like to know more. I would love to meet up with you all.