I am a third-year international relations major in the Faculty of Arts with a particular interest in international economics and Mandarin. Outside of school, you can find me catching up with friends on a hiking trail, or at home with a good book and a cup of tea. I was born and raised on Vancouver Island, but have always had a travel bug, so I jumped at the opportunity to complete my Co-op work terms in Hong Kong. Currently, I am participating in a year-long internship through the UBC Arts Co-op Program at the Cable and Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA), a trade association that works on behalf of companies in the TV and broadcasting industry across the Asia Pacific Region. At CASBAA, I work as an assistant to the association’s Chief Policy Officer, and most of my work revolves around advocacy and policy research.
My time at CASBAA has been a fantastic learning experience so far. From organizing events with high-level government officials to researching regulatory issues in various Asian countries, the projects I have been involved with have allowed me to experience what it is like to work at the interface of government and business. My Co-op experience has reinforced my desire to pursue a career in government or in law. This knowledge has made me even more excited and motivated to continue my study of international relations when I return to UBC next spring. My internship has also allowed me to develop a strong professional network. Working with senior legal professionals and government officials has accelerated my learning and given me deeper insight into the world of regulatory and government affairs. It has been a great experience so far, and I am really looking forward to what the next couple of months have in store.
My favourite part about Hong Kong is that it is an incredibly diverse and international city. You will truly meet people from all over the world here. Did I mention the food is pretty good too?