“Why Hong Kong? You’re from Asia already!” That was the reaction from my friends when they found out that I decided to intern at the Fleishman Hillard Hong Kong office. They were all happy for me about my first internship with a global company, but at the same time they were confused by my decision, especially when they found out I had lived in Hong Kong for two years and I speak fluent Cantonese.
Before I went to Hong Kong last summer, I already knew that this was going to be a different experience. I was no longer a 7 year-old girl who had to report to my parents about my daily schedule. If I hadn’t gone to Hong Kong, I would have missed the opportunity to explore the city as an adult. It turned out to be a fantastic experience.
I can’t describe how nervous I felt before I stepped into the office. I was looking forward to meeting my colleagues, experiencing the cultural diversity, and most importantly, learning as many things as possible from my first PR internship. My boss and my supervisors were very patient teachers and gave me tips on how to survive the stressful moments in PR. I also created media lists and news clippings, compiled lists of our key influencers, wrote a short piece about our company winning a fabulous award, and of course, did translations and some basic office work.
Some of my friends were doubtful about the value of an internship obtained through my university’s connections. They assumed I would be doing mindless work. This was far from the reality. I loved my first PR internship and I’m glad that I met two supervisors who were willing to trust my ability to work, and guide me into the PR industry. In comparison to my other classmates’ internships, I had more tasks to complete and was constantly busy. I’m grateful I had this opportunity.
I think building an ideal career life that’s related to what you love is difficult. That is why every step matters. I love what I have learned from Annenberg, and I couldn’t be happier to apply what I learn with what I do. Interning at HK was a wonderful start, making me believe that I’m on the right path to becoming a proud PR practitioner.
Are you on the right path in becoming who you want to become?