SMU Abroad Digital Internship Programme: Constructing Foundational Abilities on a International Stage


By the SMU Dato’ Kho Hui Meng Profession Centre

Having been away from his household because the pandemic started, SMU College of Economics pupil Lee Junsoo eagerly needed to spend his first summer season break again dwelling in South Korea. Nevertheless, the Finance main additionally needed to make use of the 4 months to realize precious work expertise for his future profession, particularly whereas nonetheless in 12 months One.

Fortunately, Junsoo didn’t want to decide on between the 2. The Abroad Digital Internship Programme (OVIP) organised by SMU’s Dato’ Kho Hui Meng Profession Centre made it potential for him to embark on an internship with a Jakarta-based firm whereas he was bodily again in South Korea.

Junsoo received his first style of Indonesian tradition from a leisure journey to Bali 5 years prior. He appreciated the extra relaxed tempo of life there, a stark distinction from that in Singapore and South Korea. Figuring out too that Indonesia was one of many fastest-growing nations on this planet with loads of enterprise potential, Junsoo had longed to expertise working in an Indonesian firm.



Junsoo selected to use for the position of an Funding Analyst with PT Genesis Indojaya, an actual property improvement firm based mostly in Jakarta, Indonesia. The corporate focuses on buying distressed buildings and refurbishing them to hire out to tenants equivalent to international abilities, the aged, and travellers.

The job scope’s heavy concentrate on finance, notably analysis and monetary modelling was very engaging to Junsoo as these have been areas wherein he needed extra publicity to. Being a first-year pupil on the time, Junsoo was nonetheless retaining his choices for specialisation open. The position introduced an excellent alternative for him to present the actual property trade a attempt to see if it could match his pursuits and strengths.


Getting forward by gaining and sharpening skilled abilities



As an Funding Evaluation intern, Junsoo needed to conduct market analysis, do monetary modelling, and construct pitch decks to current to potential traders. At first, Junsoo was involved that, as a 12 months One pupil, he wouldn’t be outfitted sufficient to make significant contributions to the corporate. Nevertheless, he quickly learnt that SMU’s foundational profession abilities have been greater than ample to carry out his duties.

The presentation abilities picked up from SMU’s seminar-based courses enormously aided the creation of pitch decks for potential traders. SMU’s many group tasks additionally developed Junsoo’s teamwork and communication abilities, enabling him to construct optimistic relationships with different interns and even the administrators – just about at that! Observing how PT Genesis Indojaya developed their tasks, from deciding on goal lands and buildings to picking potential traders, taught Junsoo about technique, planning and negotiation.

Publish-internship, Junsoo was pleasantly shocked to find that the sensible classes he learnt on the job corresponded with ideas launched in his 12 months Two modules; a few of these included the discounted money circulate fashions, calculating inside charge of return, and web current worth, amongst others. Studying about these ideas in a real-life enterprise setting gave Junsoo a bonus over his friends.


Teamwork makes the dream work


Junsoo (centre, bottom row) with his team in a virtual meeting
Junsoo (centre, backside row) along with his staff in a digital assembly


PT Genesis Indojaya’s welcoming and nurturing atmosphere made Junsoo’s OVIP expertise, which was additionally his first finance internship ever, much more particular. The corporate’s administrators have been very keen to show and information the interns step-by-step. Junsoo’s fellow interns, a lot of whom have been seniors, would additionally train him what they knew about monetary modelling, a fundamental finance ability that Junsoo was wanting to develop.

Other than the talents gained, Junsoo is grateful for the bonds fashioned with the opposite interns attributable to their synergy. The project-based nature of PT Genesis Indojaya’s work required the interns to collaborate very intently. After their day by day conferences with the administrators, the interns would have their very own conferences to divide the work based mostly on their strengths. As a world pupil, Junsoo was additionally glad to have made pals with interns from SMU in addition to different universities.


Strengthening basis early for larger success

In the end, Junsoo discovered his OVIP expertise extremely impactful. Having the ability to perform the internship from South Korea was actually an enormous promoting level. Nevertheless, Junsoo’s greatest takeaway was the “invaluable” abilities and data gained within the space of finance. His expertise at PT Genesis Indojaya helped him to safe a part-time internship at a administration consulting agency as an M&A Evaluation intern, the place he was capable of additional develop his finance abilities.

Junsoo encourages his SMU friends, even these in 12 months One or Two, to go on an ASEAN internship for a rewarding time of profession preparation and self-discovery. He recommends that, if potential, they go for a bodily internship for the complete style of working abroad. Junsoo’s OVIP expertise was distinctive, although he needs that he might have visited the challenge websites, which earlier batches who interned bodily in Jakarta received to expertise.

Lastly, Junsoo shares, “Embarking on ASEAN internship means an journey and a private problem for oneself. By experiencing working past an area atmosphere, SMU college students can study from individuals from numerous backgrounds and achieve distinctive alternatives to expertise the tradition. I consider that ASEAN internships might be a precious expertise for all SMU college students.”



The ASEAN Internship Programme (AIP) and Abroad Digital Internship Programme (OVIP) are a part of the choices supplied by Dato’ Kho Hui Meng Profession Centre (DKHMCC) to encourage college students to construct up a world community and be International Residents. Apply for a Summer season OVIP in an ASEAN nation through OnTraC now.


Be a part of the SMU undergraduates who fan out the world over on a bunch of actions and programmes annually. Accepted your supply? Matriculate now and let your finest years start!


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