2018 Summer Intern: Natalia

Natalia Tun, a CET study abroad student from Carleton College, interned at AllSet Learning for the summer of 2018. A hard worker, Natalie got a lot done during the summer semester, which always flies by and stays super busy for CET students.

Throughout my first-year of college, I wasn’t quite sure what direction I wanted to go in terms of major or career path. However, after taking a year of Chinese classes, I knew that I definitely wanted to visit China at some point. I chose the CET Shanghai program after a friend recommended it. I thought it’d be the perfect opportunity to continue learning the language and hopefully give me an idea of what direction I hope to go in when returning to Carleton.

The CET program included an internship component, and through the program, I was put in touch with John at AllSet Learning for an internship opportunity. I remember being interviewed by 李老师 at AllSet a few weeks before I got to Shanghai, and at the end of the interview, I was thinking ”Oh, boy, can I really do the Only-Chinese office rule?”

Fast forward to the end of the summer, I feel that I have learned a lot from the office atmosphere in so many ways. The Chinese speaking rule was helpful because I was able to absorb and learn from what everyone was saying in the office. Not only that, but by working on the Chinese Grammar Wiki, I improved my understanding of Chinese grammar structures. In addition, I got to look through the class material that 李老师 and 马老师 wrote which was fun and often tested my Chinese. I was also tasked to update AllSet’s social media sites, and I found this to be helpful in keeping up with Chinese news and learning more about Chinese culture.

Interning at AllSet Learning was a great opportunity to improve my Chinese which was just what I was looking for. Thank you for everyone at AllSet for helping me, teaching me, and giving me this opportunity!

As one of our outstanding Chinese American interns, Natalia also wrote an article for us about the experience of studying Chinese in Shanghai as a Chinese American, which will be published soon.

Great work, Natalia! We know you’ll go on to do great things!