INTERN TESTIMONIES

Below are a selection of testimonies from students last year (2018) who committed to internship placements through our programs.

Vienna, Grade 12, interned at SCMP Young Post 2018

1. Tell us about your internship.

I had a two-week internship at SCMP Young Post when I was a soon-to-be senior. It was a full-time internship where I had to work in their office in Times Square. I got this internship because my team won in the Media category in Collide [at OWN Academy’s Real World Learning Week/End of Year Program in American International School] and I thought it would be great to have an internship, so I reached out to Natalie [CEO & Founder of OWN Academy] to express my interest in this internship. Every cadet had to sign a contract to agree with SCMP Young Post’s terms and conditions and to authorize their use of our work.

 

2. What was a typical work day like?

I was a YP cadet. Just like regular reporters, we had to pitch three ideas in every weekly editorial meeting, and we would work on those stories once the ideas were approved. From time to time, we were assigned to some additional tasks, such as actual news reporting. For my additional assignments, I was sent to a Nokia phone launch event to learn more about their new product and wrote a review on it, and I was also sent to ANICOM Hong Kong to interview cosplayers.

 

3. What was valuable about this experience?

Throughout the two weeks, I have learned to accept any opportunity that you’re given because you never know what you will learn from it, and you should use to the opportunity to explore your interests. This internship helped me grow because I have never worked in a company before this internship, so being able to learn from professionals and having the chance to meet people from all walks of life were some really rewarding experience. It kind of helped me reframe what I want to do in the future as it has fostered my interest in news reporting. What I learned from my coworkers is that efficiency is crucial in any industry because you want to be able to capture your readers’ attention with the latest updates. I gained some valuable experience that I would not otherwise have experience, such as attending multiple events that I would normally not have a chance to attend.

 

4. Tell us about a best memory/cool experience you had while at your internship.

A cool experience I had was to attend Animation-Comic-Game Hong Kong as a reporter where I had an opportunity to try live reporting as well as interviewing cosplayers from the convention. This experience has helped me to become less camera shy.

Vanshika, interned at On Air Collective 2018

1. Tell us about your internship.

I met Karen Wong, the confounder and communications director of On Air Collective, through the program organised by OWN Academy. She was one of the speakers at the event and I was very intrigued by her work and her words and thus I decided to introduce myself and ask if there was an internship opportunity in her company available for me. Thankfully they were accepting interns. I started my internship with On Air Collective, a creative marketing company, on the 13th of August 2018. I had recently graduated from high school and I was taking a gap year to gain work experience in my field of interest before going to university. I worked as a full time social media and marketing intern in their office. I worked at the marketing company for two months and I got a monthly transportation fee. Due to the heads of the company liking my work at the marketing company they offered to give me another internship at a magazines they were the publishers of called WOM Guide. I worked with the magazine for a month.

 

2. What was a typical work day like?

While my internship with On Air Collective, I use to usually work on researching for their clients. I use to make detailed reports and information decks which I then use to present to the team as they made their marketing plans according to the research. I also helped come up with ideas for any of the campaigns or events they were organizing. During the last few weeks of my internship I was completely immersed in the planning of a photoshoot campaign for one of their clients. I came up with the theme of the shoot, the mood and tone etc with the help of the team. I also helped execute the campaign as I was incharge of casting models and was present to give my feedback for how the photoshoot should go. During my internship with WOM Guide I usually worked on writing multiples articles a day, but sometimes I was also able to go to media tastings and help out with client shoots.

 

3. What was valuable about this experience?

Both the internships I was fortunate enough to get were an experience filled with learning and personal growth. Through working in both a marketing company and a magazine/ media outlet I was able to see both sides of the media industry which helped me a lot to understand how this professional world works. By working in a real life company I was also able to gain maturity and become more assertive and responsible of my actions and creative decisions. Through my work I was able to understand a lot of the logistics which go into these jobs which will be very helpful to me in the future.

 

4. Tell us about a best memory/cool experience you had while at your internship.

The best part of the internship with On Air Collective would be being able to play such a vital role in making a campaign come to life. My best memory working with WOM Guide would be when I was able to go to the Wine and Dine Festival in Hong Kong and try various foods before they were open to the public.

Mir, interned at Future City Summit 2018

1. Tell us about your internship.

I did my first internship through the end of year program at AIS. In fact, I met someone through one of my teachers [industry mentors at the Real World Learning Week program with OWN Academy], that helped me meet someone else, who eventually got me my internship. My internship/experience lasted what felt like 2 months. I was first asked to aid in media and technology, however later on my role evolved into managing logistics and communications between the delegates. I worked under Andre Kwok, one of the co-founders of the Future City Summit. This is an experience which I can never forget. I was able to meet nearly 100 delegates from 38 countries and learn about their ideas and goals, and have discussions and conversations with them. More importantly, I widened and grew my contacts and social skills, and was able to create friendships with so many interesting people. This was a semi-part time and full time internship. In the Hong Kong portion, it was a part-time job for the planning stages, but in the actual   which lasted a week, it was a full time commitment. I think the compensation I got was first of all getting to meet people, and being apart of this experience. Also they did pay for all our accomodation and food which was a very nice gesture.

 

2. What was a typical work day like?

A typical day was splattered with different events. Sometimes I would be helping Hugo with design work. Or I would be running errands and gathering materials. I was mostly in charge of the lighting and technology portion. This meant I had to setup the presentations, the audio. I also helped with communications between the delegates as my boss saw that I was able to communicate well and help better. He utilised my skills and potential to better my field. I could say I had no designated role and was just there when needed.  Some of my roles:

  1. Logistics coordinator
  2. Communicator
  3. Media and Tech
  4. Drone Operator
  5. Tour guide

 

3. What was valuable about this experience?

I think what I really learnt from this experience is that you have to go where life takes you and not he afraid to take chances. This internship allowed me to meet new people, have such interesting conversations, make great memories and help me grow in communications, social skills and even my contacts. I want to be a corporate lawyer in the future and through this I learnt what it meant to socialize and converse about issues and topics which I know will come in handy for my aspirations. I got a taste of what it feels to talk to people who may not share the same views with you, could be difficult to deal with or just generally are not people you would meet in an everyday situation. Internships are great for utilising what you learn in school and even more useful because you learn things you don’t learn in school.

 

4. Tell us about a best memory/cool experience you had while at your internship.

My favourite memories was meeting delegates from North Korea actually having a civilized interesting conversation with them about their country and what they’re trying to do to change who they are. I was able to discuss them not only just general everyday newest music videos the newest technology.  Because in our head the stigma is that North Koreans are closed off people who don’t know anything but in reality they know what’s going on and they actually have a lot to contribute to what the world is going through right now. Another great memory was meeting the other students who were also helping from the public schools who have such different views of those international schools and learning about differences and ideologies. We compared our lives and our different schools and how we perceive things and how we prioritise things differently. This is an experience I will never forget.

Prithvi, Currently on gap year, interned at Riotly Social Media 2018

1. Tell us about your internship.

Currently in my gap year and was looking for an internship. I decided to go the own academy fair and found Ho Yin Cheung where he was talking about marketing funnels. I was working part time for 30 hours each week. I worked with him and a few others in a co-working space. I persistently emailed and contacted him about an internship opportunity. There was a small compensation fee provided which I was happy with and I also agreed to sign a contract in order to get the compensation.

 

2. What was a typical work day like?

For the first few months I was expected to monitor his social media account including Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter. As Mr.Cheung was trying to get customers for his virtual office space app, I chased remote workers and digital nomads who were expressing problems with working remotely or away from an office in these websites. I reached the co-working space at 9 AM and promptly worked on my computer. At 1 PM, we ate lunch for an hour and talked to each other about our social life or work life. Then went back to work and I left the office at 7 PM

 

3. What was valuable about this experience?

I was able to experience what it’s like working in an office environment and this experience also made me grow as a person due to the fact that I was working independently. I am hesitant on whether I want to reframe what I want to do in the future, as I wish to work in other fields and industries. As my co-workers were all remote and living in different countries, I was able to get their views of working in different environments. I was able to understand what it is like to work with remote co-workers and I believe that this aspect of my internship was a key element to my growth and experience.

 

4. Tell us about a best memory/cool experience you had while at your internship.

One of the most enjoyable experience was when I persuaded a person with 300,000 followers on twitter to retweet our tweet and follow us back!