Han Li

Han undertook an internship in Marketing at the University of Auckland as part of the Faculty of Arts internship course.

Han Li

“My project involved a review of the Postgraduate Prospectus. The aim of the research was to find out what people wanted to see in the prospectus, and whether it was still being used with the availability of other sources online.

“What this actually involved was analyzing the prospectuses of many other universities, and then talking to many people – students and university staff - to find out what everyone thought would work best. At the end, I had to compile all the information into a report.

“A lot of the project was left up to me. I think the biggest thing I had to learn was how to plan and organize what could have been a large-scale project into something manageable alongside my other studies and commitments.

“One thing which was quite enjoyable was going with my mentor to meetings with stakeholders from many different sections of the university. This allowed me to see the background workings of the University, and seeing how each section has to work together and communicate with each other was a great experience.

“My project involved a lot of interviews with students, as well as university staff who used the prospectus. Going through these taught me a lot. I remember my first interview having quite a few awkward silences, and I didn’t really get exactly what I wanted. Thankfully, I was able to improve my technique as the project continued, and by the end I was satisfied with the information I was able to get. To have the opportunity to do something as practical as this as part of my arts degree was invaluable.

“I was surprised by the trust given to me by the organization. I was given a lot of free reign over how to carry out the project. I found it really great. It felt similar to writing an essay, only this essay would be used for a purpose more than just a letter grade.

“Working with my mentor Treena was great. She was very supportive, and offered a lot of advice and support. The nature of the project meant I wasn’t in an office much, but I always felt like I had someone who was helping me and never felt like I was doing it all by myself.

“There were times during the internship when it felt overwhelming. However, in the end, I have no regrets about taking it. It was one of the most challenging art papers I have done, and of course this also meant it was one of the papers I got the most out of.

“It is definitely not your standard essay and exam arts course, and if this is something you are looking for, I would go for it! I would encourage anyone interested to apply.”

Find out more about the Faculty of Arts internship course