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[Global Internship Program Student Interview | CJ China] “I’ve Grown One Step Further by Learning Business and Culture in China”
Mar 14, 2017
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Global Internship Program Student Interview | CJ China
“I’ve grown one step further by learning business and culture in China” – Je Hoon Lee (Business, ’11)
 
 
I applied for the Summer 2016 Global Internship and worked as an intern for a month at the Business Development Team of CJ China, located in Beijing, China.
 
I have been interested in the KUBS Global Internship since 2015. From then on, I kept track of the program information, such as the application period, internship locations, available companies and positions. During the semester, I read the student stories on the KUBS website and seek advice from my friends who have already participated in the program. Even though the internship opened in summer when I had to dive into the job-search market, I wanted to get an internship overseas, particularly in China, to develop my global perspectives. I decided to apply for the intern position in the Business Development Team because I was greatly interested in business strategy since I joined “EGI,” which is a business strategy academic society at KUBS.
 
As CJ China is in charge of various CJ subsidiaries, I was able to receive job training in diverse fields of business. In fact, I had the chance to experience multiple tasks from researching Chinese markets to planning and developing new business items. I also got to communicate with the subsidiaries and local Chinese companies. In my team, there was the “Mentor-Mentee System” where interns can work on various projects. For example, I researched the effect of “THAAD Deployment to Korea” on CJ Group. Then, I collected the information on the Chinese market trends, which will be used for the company newsletter called “Biweekly.” I also got to work on the Joint Venture with Jingdong. Most co-workers can speak a little Korean, but all meetings were conducted in Chinese. So, it is important that interns should be fluent in Chinese in order to avoid miscommunication.
 
The working hours were from 8:20 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. After work, I traveled around various places in Beijing. During weekends, I visited historical sites in Beijing. If time allows, I recommend going to the suburban regions in Beijing. I once went to Gubei Water Town and Simatai Great Wall, which were 2 hours away from Beijing. The places left a deep impression on me.
 
The three major programs that help students develop global perspectives are (1) Student Exchange Program, (2) International Case Competition, (3) Global Internship. I was lucky enough to participate in both International Case Competition and Global Internship. The Global Internship was such a great opportunity for me to experience real-life tasks overseas. There are not many opportunities available where a student can research international markets in a different country and work with local employees. A domestic internship is a good experience too, but I believe the Global Internship is a great challenge to undertake. Lastly, I would like to thank KUBS, CJ China, and KUBS alumni who have supported us.
 
Je Hoon Lee (Business, ’11)