It isn’t every day you’re given a free 10-day trip to China. However, when you’re Adam Blake, former Brookhaven College student and Social Science department assistant, this is your reality!
Adam was one of only eight students nationwide to participate in the prestigious 2012 Young Entrepreneurs’ Summit internship in Beijing, China this summer. The program was sponsored by the Chinese government and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation along with other organizations. The internship targets students pursuing studies in social sciences, international affairs, economics and business.
Adam was originally encouraged by Ahad Hayaud-Din, his former supervisor and Social Sciences professor, to apply. After four or five extensive Skype interviews with YES hiring personnel, he was notified of his acceptance into the program. Applicants were required to have a thorough knowledge of the Chinese government.
The program lasted June 1-11. During that time, Adam, along with the other lucky students, attended conferences, forums and panel discussions with business representatives to discuss topics such as entrepreneurship, the global market and the future of the Chinese economy. Kevin Rudd, the former Prime Minister of Australia, and several China-based CEOs representing large corporations such as Microsoft and Walmart also were present at the events.
The students also were able to get their fill of Chinese culture during their stay. The Forbidden City, sections of the Great Wall, and local Chinese markets and restaurants were just a few of the stops along the way.
In addition to once-in-a-lifetime experiences and memories, Adam was able to take away many pieces of valuable information from the internship and incorporate them into his future schooling. Adam is currently a political science student at the University of North Texas, and is expected to graduate spring of 2013. He has hopes of attending graduate school in the future to pursue political science, sociology or the Arabic language.
“I’m interested in the areas of development, education and agriculture,” he said. “I’ve been able to apply what I’ve learned to my comparative politics courses.”
Adam is headed for great things but still credits Brookhaven College for his continued success.
“Brookhaven definitely challenged and prepared me for this internship,” he said. “I’ve gained confidence in myself that will help me become successful at UNT.”