2012 Fall Intern: Jack


American Jack Overstreet continued the CET legacy of hard-working interns this past Fall. Jack arrived in Shanghai after first doing a program in Harbin, and I think it’s safe to say that he got a good dose of Mandarin this year. We were happy to help out by adding a bit more to his plate.

Jack spent his mornings working on his coursework and his afternoons editing the Chinese Grammar Wiki, chatting with the AllSet Learning ladies, and working on other AllSet Learning projects (which just happened to involve some silly videos, in Jack’s case).

As Jack tells it:

Coming to Shanghai, my two goals were to increase my Chinese language skills and to experience the Chinese work place first hand. I can say, with certainty, that AllSet Learning presented a perfect environment for reaching these two goals. Before joining the AllSet Learning team for a semester, however, I had no idea what to expect from the company.

Upon arriving the first day, I was met with sincere warmth from John and the other employees. While hard work was always expected, I was able to experience a place that encouraged enthusiasm, and rewarded creativity and thinking. I also had the opportunity to work side-by-side with native Chinese speakers who were constantly engaging and never afraid to correct or laugh at my Chinese.

For the three-and-a-half months spent at Allset, I focused mainly on developing the Chinese Grammar Wiki. My time spent working on the site, from writing new grammar articles, to perusing old and long forgotten grammar points, was incredibly beneficial for my Chinese language skills. When not helping out with the Chinese Grammar Wiki, I was updating AllSet’s Facebook page with the goal of increasing Chinese Grammar Wiki traffic, or helping create Chinese dialogues for clips taken from famous movie and TV show scenes. For every project or task I was working on, my co-workers and supervisors were always more than willing to drop whatever they were doing to help me. I could not have asked for a better environment to work in.

Thanks for your hard work, Jack. You were such a good intern that we will resist the urge to make a final “Justin Bieber hair” joke. (And we hope you finally got that hair cut.)