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Summer in Beijing

Summer in Beijing

Joel Aguero spent a summer working in Beijing, but the lessons and the memories will last lifetime.
December 13, 2012
Joel Aguero with Chinese friends

Joel Aguero was one of sixteen students selected to participate in the School of Engineering's summer 2012 China Internship Program. The students covered a wide spectrum of majors and each spent the summer with host organizations drawn from a range of multinational and local companies.

This is Joel's story:

I worked and lived in Beijing, China during the summer of 2012. As a UX/UI intern in Lenovo's User Research Center, I acquired first-hand experience performing in-depth user research, conducting extensive in-home interviews and engaging in exhilarating brainstorming discussions to develop and influence Lenovo's next generation of products. This was a perfect position for a product design major. I was relieved to learn early on that I was viewed as an essential, full-time member of the design team in Beijing. They treated me like I was a longtime coworker and friend, which made this experience the most memorable summer of my life.

My co-workers love to laugh and eat together (food is a very important social thing in Chinese culture). The relationships I formed will never be forgotten. It's incredibly rewarding to think that I have a circle of friends in a city so far away. I'll never forget the memories we shared last summer and I'm so grateful I have gained this life experience.

The 2013 China Internship Program application deadline is February 11, 2013. Learn more about the program.