Summer in Singapore: Don’t Panic
How should someone with no work experience that doesn’t speak another language and has never been to Asia spend their summer? What’s better than doing an 8-week internship in Singapore?!
I’m Sam, and I’m that someone that’s about to embark on an incredible journey to Southeast Asia as a part of the Smith School’s Global Internship Program. Besides that, I’m also a rising junior at UMD studying Marketing and Operations Management & Business Analytics. My time at Maryland thus far has taught me a lot of things, one of the most important being to never let opportunity pass you by. While I’ve given you some reasons to think this summer will be a challenge for me, I have never been more excited for something in my entire life. I first learned about the Global Internship Program in the fall of my sophomore year and immediately knew I wanted to be a part of it.
For those who don’t know, the Global Internship Program entails a 1-credit pre-internship course taken at UMD, followed by a 6-credit guaranteed internship abroad. If the word ~guaranteed~ wasn’t enough incentive for me, especially given the increasingly competitive nature of landing summer internships, ~abroad~ surely did it. When deciding what country I wanted to work in, I was drawn to Singapore by its booming business, youthful spirit, fashionistas, and arguably most important – it’s English-speaking residents. Not to mention this opportunity would allow me to grow both personally and professionally while interning in a different culture.
Speaking of culture, it’s hard to know exactly what to expect in Singapore and I think this is the source of both my nervousness and excitement. It’s hard to say how this summer will go, but there’s only one way to find out! T-3 days until I fly out and only time will tell…