Part Two in Our Virtual Internship Experience Series:
Joshua, Class of 2022, interned virtually with Remo based in Hong Kong this summer. He sat down with us recently to answer some of our questions on what his experience was like.
How do you make the most of your internship? I worked hard and completed each assignment to the best of my ability. I enjoyed learning new ideas and practices within the company, exploring different jobs, and talking to smart people that work in wide-ranging areas. You should also try to do things that interest you, will make you a more well-rounded person, and especially things that can bring value to the organization. For me, I learned public speaking and communication skills from being a tour guide at the Admissions Center, and since I already had these skills, I utilized them by providing guided tours of the company’s tech platform to potential clients, thereby providing value to the company while also building on my previous experience at the AC. This ultimately culminated in a part time job opportunity, and proves that following those guidelines to the internship will lead to success in any organization. By working hard, displaying a positive attitude, learning in a curious manner, and having fun, I did impactful work for the company and made the most of my experience.
How do you develop a good working relationship with your supervisor? Communication was key to working well with my supervisor. I learned that one needs to approach one’s supervisor in a humble and respectful way while also letting that person know what projects genuinely excite you. Other than that, meeting deadlines and keeping the supervisor informed led to a great relationship.
What do you do to stand out (in a good way) from the other interns? I had a positive attitude, even when the internship was challenging, showed passion for the company, and worked hard to help the organization. By doing these three things, I achieved great results and experienced an impactful internship.
If you’ve done a previous in-person internship, how does your virtual internship compare to in-person one (pros/cons of each)? The virtual experience had many positive sides as compared to my previous in-person internship, mainly the comfort of staying home and not having to deal with transportation. The virtual environment also afforded more flexibility for taking a summer math class, and gave me more time to enjoy the summer. However, since I formed many great relationships throughout my internship, I wish that I could have met the people in-person.
What advice would you give to others who are thinking about virtual internships in the future? Do it! I was a bit skeptical at first, but virtual internships actually open many doors, particularly if you want to work for an international company. You still receive a great internship experience and form lasting relationships. If you show passion for the organization, are open to where the organization needs you, and have fun, you will have a phenomenal experience.
Anything else you want to share about the experience (potentially addressing the international experience? Making the most of the COVID-19 experience?) For me, I could not have succeeded without the incredible support of Lauren Opgenorth and the USC Career Center, Hoyin, Ashwin, and Sam from Remo, and of course my family. Though COVID-19 posed many setbacks for my summer plans, it also revealed the bright sides of people in their willingness to help create a rewarding and fulfilling internship experience. I am very grateful to everyone who made it possible.
Thank you, Joshua! If you have a virtual internship experience that you would like to share, let us know. For more inside information on the virtual internship experience, check out part one in our series.
Interested in finding a virtual internship of your own? Visit our guide to virtual internships for details.
Already have a virtual internship and looking for more tips? Check out Five Tips for Succeeding at Your Virtual Internship.
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