NTU Career Tracks 2024

Student Internship Story (Overseas): Gideon Patrick Manik

How did you come across this internship and what made you choose this internship?

Two key factors influenced my decision to pursue an internship as an Investment Analyst with JDI in Vietnam. Firstly, my decision was greatly influenced by the company’s reputation. I was impressed by the collaborative work environment and the impactful nature of their work after hearing positive feedback from people who have engaged with the company. Their insight not only reaffirmed my interest but also instilled confidence in my decision to contribute meaningfully during my time there.

Secondly, the vibrant coffee culture of Vietnam intrigued me. Being a passionate coffee lover, the idea of experiencing the unique coffee traditions firsthand was undeniably appealing and added an exciting dimension to my decision.

How did you prepare yourself for the internship?

I made use of online resources such as Google and Reddit to do my research where I found practical advice and insights about Vietnam. Additionally, I drew upon the experiences of friends who had been to Vietnam to gain valuable firsthand knowledge. I also reached out to the internship company’s point of contact to better understand their expectations and to gain insights into the local work culture.

What were your main responsibilities as an intern?

As an Investment Analyst intern, I was involved in various aspects of the venture capital landscape. A key focus of my role was on establishing and cultivating valuable partnerships within the venture capital and web3 community. This involved networking, building relationships, and engaging in collaborative efforts that contribute to the growth and success of the company.

I was also engaged in lead generation, a crucial process where I identified and evaluated potential strategic collaborations. This involved conducting thorough research and analysis of startups and companies, aligning their goals with our investment strategy. In essence, my role as an Investment Analyst intern encompassed a dynamic blend of partnership cultivation, meticulous analysis, and strategic planning, all aimed at driving the success of our venture capital endeavours.

What do you like about this internship experience?

What I truly appreciate about this internship experience is the dynamic mix of perspectives that comes from working alongside students from various universities. This collaborative environment has offered me valuable insights into their educational journeys and broadened my own horizons. Additionally, the networking events associated with the internship have been invaluable. They have given me the opportunity to connect with professionals from diverse industries. Engaging with these individuals and hearing their stories about their work has been both inspiring and informative.

What were some challenges you faced and how did you overcome them?

Communication posed a significant challenge due to the language barrier. I addressed this hurdle by practicing simple Vietnamese daily using platforms such as Duolingo. This consistent effort gradually improved my ability to communicate more effectively.

I also recognised the importance of seeking support. I could rely on friends who understood the language and culture. Additionally, I found tools like Google Translate to be invaluable in bridging language gaps. By combining these strategies, I successfully overcame the communication barrier and navigated interactions with greater confidence.

How have you developed through this internship? What have you learnt and what are your key takeaways?

This internship has developed my communication skills significantly, enabling me to interact with people from diverse backgrounds effectively. I have come to understand that all of us are from different backgrounds and possess a wealth of experiences to share. Learning the art of active listening has taught me to appreciate different perspectives.

Share advice with your peers who will be going on internships.

First, make it a priority to cultivate meaningful relationships. These connections will give you insights into the nuances of the local culture and work environment. Second, do not hesitate to ask questions. Embrace the opportunity to inquire and learn. Avoid making assumptions, stay open-minded and be receptive of the different perspective others can offer.

By approaching your internship with an open and inquisitive mindset, you are sure to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the multifaceted nature of the world around us. As you embark on this journey, remember that forging connections and staying curious are essential ingredients for a truly enriching experience.