This past summer, I was fortunate enough to go on a study abroad internship to Chengdu, China, where I worked for Chevron Corporation for a month and a half. I had the time of my life. My typical day went from waking up in our villa and hopping on a coach bus for the hourlong commute to the city, to working in a corporate office from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an hour lunch break to eat traditional and local Chinese food. I had a little bit of an advantage because I had previously completed five years of Chinese and have a minor in Asian Studies. That being said, the most meaningful aspect for me was seeing all of my classroom learning and hard work really come to life before my eyes and become readily for me to practice my Chinese when I wished. This kind of experience has really helped show me what the dynamic of an office is really like, how day-to-day operations run, and really how to think analytically.
My classroom learning and hard work really came to life before my eyes.