Banking in Southeast Asia sounds fun, doesn’t it? Well, how about if I told you it would be virtual!
Traveling has always been a passion of mine. Coming to UA, I was hoping I would be able to study abroad and interact with international companies. Unfortunately, with the pandemic, jet setting across the world was not exactly ideal. But, an online internship was the next best thing.
Luckily, I am thankful for the international business classes that have already taken which can help me duirng this international virtual internship. With Introduction to World Business, I was able to identify daily news and how these events impact the world globally. Additionally, With Multinational Communications, I was able to learn how different cultures communicate. With that being said, I have had to work around different time zones and be up at certain hours. Therefore, I know that those same responsibilities will follow with this internship. With that class, I also read a book called, “The Culture Map” by Erin Meyer, discussing cultural differences throughout the world. Having said that, I am aware of the cultural differences in South East Asia. In fact, Kuala Lumpur is twelve hours ahead of the U.S.! It may be difficult at times but I am up for the challenge.
Through the GAV orientation, I also took some useful corporate culture advice. Firstly, it is important to meet with my supervisor at least once a week. I also know to check my email frequently, especially considering the time differences. I hope to be proactive, manage my time, and ask for help when necessary. I will treat this opportunity as a real job by not skipping and work, missing any deadlines, or breaking any confidentiality agreements.
In all, I feel as if I have all the tools and knowledge to be able to successfully complete this international virtual internship. I hope to form good relationships with this company and hopefully go to Southeast Asia in the future like I was planning to this May.