Jianan Yang ’13
Internship Site: Credit Renaissance Partners - New York, NY
I attended the Dickinson-in-NYC Program this past spring semester. The staff in the Career Center, Center for Global Study and Engagement, Advancement, and my professor assisted in securing this internship. After the Career Center referred my resume, I was offered an on-site interview opportunity and I went through the 3-hour interview process.
During most of my time at Credit Renaissance Partners, I served as a research analyst. I have mainly worked on two projects: Chinese porcelain insulator market and Latin American electricity utilities industry. I think research is fun because you are exposed to an industry which has a lot of interesting things worth exploring and learning.
Lack of data and related information was the biggest challenge in the research process. The language barrier (Spanish and Portuguese) was another obstacle. For me, I was very patient in looking for further information on both foreign and domestic websites and Google Translate became my best friend at work. Through this challenge, I learned that time-consuming assignments exist and require much more effort than expected.
Financial Accounting is the MOST important class. Accounting is the language of finance. Other classes are Managerial Economics (Excel), Corporate Finance, and Statistics.
The co-founder at Credit Renaissance Partners was extremely helpful for me in my internship since January. I worked on the research project about the Chinese porcelain insulator market with him for 5 months. I really enjoyed his weekly workshops because this one-on-one meeting provided me with a face-to-face interactive opportunity to learn from his veteran experience in finance and his well-founded science & technology background.
Tips from Jianan:
Be clear about your interests. Be an early bird. Networking is the best and most effective way to secure an internship. Use the resources provided by the Career Center. Be well-prepared before the interview. Do not behave aggressively in any networking event. Strengthen written and oral communications skills.
*To find out more about how to get an internship, make an appointment with a career counselor. Just call the Career Center at 717-245-1740 or stop by Biddle House.