Wharton '20 Jia Wei Teo

GRIP: Intern in China

Program Abroad:

  • Global Research & Internship Program (GRIP): Golden Bridges Intern in Beijing, China

Ask me about...

  • Traveling solo while abroad

  • Interning at a non-profit 

  • Working in a traditional setting (the office was in a traditional Chinese courtyard)

  • Going abroad as an international student - why go abroad when you're already abroad?

  • Securing Chinese visa from the Chinese Embassy in Malaysia 

  • Tackling tax issues as a non-US citizen

My Experience Abroad:

I am minoring in East Asian Area Studies. During my time interning at a non-profit in Beijing that aims to build bridges between the U.S. and China, my eyes were opened to issues pertaining U.S.-China relations; I was able to see the other side of the picture. I also developed an interest in Chinese business, hence I am encouraged to take a class on the governance and management of Chinese firms that will count towards my Management concentration in Wharton.

Other Highlights:

  • Scaling the Mutianyu Great Wall on my own 

  • Stepping foot in all the historical sites in Beijing 

  • Seeing the Terracotta Warriors

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