“ We are pleased to offer you an internship with us.” I would never forget that moment when I received the “offer” email from the Aite group HR manager: Jennifer Rizzo. A lot has happened since then, but looking back on my work I can now confidently say that I am a lucky dog to have gotten an internship with the perfect company for me.
My first day at Aite group was hectic since this was the first time I worked with American people using a different language. In the morning Jennifer Rizzo gave me a short orientation to introduce me to everyone and give me a tour of the office. And then I had a meeting to figure out what I would start working on with one of my teammates - Sophie, at least for the next few weeks or so. I received a new laptop with everything set up. The office was so quiet and everyone looked so busy. I just sat in my space and became familiar with my computer. At lunchtime Judy who was in our quantity analysis team thoughtfully called me to have lunch together. We talked a lot. She told me how she loved this company and how nice the people are in this firm.
Since then, I came to work from 9:00am to 5:00pm almost everyday. Our team has some research projects that are related to the Chinese finance market – the most indispensable emerging market around the world. Before I started any project, we would always schedule a meeting to discuss it. You know, as an international students working in my second language, sometimes I felt completely overwhelmed. Sometimes I couldn’t understand some words in the finance world and I even find the Mandarin translation to explain them correctly. But thanks to their patience, they explained my silly questions in detail always with a smile. As I became more comfortable in the workplace, those feelings soon disappeared as I grew confident and became much better at my tasks. The main project to which I contributed was called “Overview of the Chinese Finance Market.” Based on the annual financial reports and the introduction from the “firms securities website,” I created a spreadsheet to record top 25 securities firms in China. I summarized their main business, award, market shares, trading technologies etc. My supervisor not only told me what I need to do, but also taught me the logic of the method. Therefore it was not only an internship, but also a perfect course for me.