Temple City youth Vincent Wei takes an exciting internship opportunity in China that proves to be both rewarding and invigorating.
Written by ROBERT XUE / Published September 16, 2011
Taking advantage of his summer break, Temple City Voice senior editor and high school student Vincent Wei served an internship at a coffee bean shop in Shanghai, China for one month.
Inspired to gain valuable skills, Wei worked at the company’s downtown Shanghai coffee shop for most of August. There, he was assigned work in the field of marketing, putting in a full day’s worth of work, 9 P.M. to 6 P.M., Monday to Friday.
Wei states that he was not paid in any way by the company. According to him, the main motivation for the internship was to prepare for college. Wei said that he took the internship to gain better understanding for his future career.
“I just thought it would be good for college applications,” he said. “I’m majoring in business.”
His daily schedule included taking a bus downtown at 8:30 A.M., working on various advertisements until noon, and finishing up work from 1 P.M. to 6 P.M. In his work, Wei learned how to market and draw in the audience.
Wei’s experiences included meeting people from all walks of life.
“I met [a person] that did coal mining,” he said. “And another that worked in the Shanghai transportation bureau.”
While the work was challenging, Wei readily claims that he liked the entire experience. He states that the highlights of his time in China were “the experience of going to a new country” and “meeting new people, interns.”
On the weekends, Wei pursued his secondary goal, exploring China and learning about Chinese history and culture. He traveled to Beijing and many other notable cities, taking in the splendor of the country. Climbing the Great Wall of China was his most memorable experience.
Wei expresses his appreciation of the entire trip, from the people to the culture and history of the country, to the difficult but enriching work. He cites his father as the benefactor of his great experiences in China.