Internship Series: Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture

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CAS’18 | Math and Economics

CCD: Tell us about your experience. What were your responsibilities?

Guanying: I conducted data analysis of surveys that measure the effectiveness of education initiatives for children on field trips, measuring pre-visit and post-visit differences in their knowledge of healthy food choices. This project required me to create infographics and a final report presented to the board of directors.

I also created a series of videos that link to QR codes, enabling visitors to experience an interactive self-guided tour of the farm.

Additionally, I provided logistical support for a partner organization, DC Greens, and its Produce Plus program by completing voucher paperwork for individuals receiving federal benefits such as SNAP, Medicare, and Medicaid.

CCD: How did you find the position?

Guanying: I heard about this position through the BU Study Abroad Program in Washington DC. The program managers there, Chelsea and Walter, helped me a lot by emailing and calling their connections.

CCD: What was the best thing about the experience? What was the worst?

Guanying: The best thing of the experience is that I know how work life will be in the future. I can really get my hands dirty and have some unique life experiences with my supervisor and my colleagues. I gained so much more than what I thought. I learned how to apply my class knowledge to raw data in the real world while living in DC like a local.

The worst thing is that the trip is too short. I wish I could have been there longer to get to know more people in DC.

CCD: What are the top 3 skills you’ve learned from this experience?

Guanying: I learned how to make adjustments on my resume and cover letter for different jobs. I also gained skills in networking with professionals. Another skill I honed from this experience was time management because I had both classes and work.

CCD: How has this experience changed your future plans?

Guanying: I used to want to double concentrate in Finance and Accounting after transferring to Questrom School of Business. However, when I was researching for my internship, I found out almost every company need people for marketing with strong communication skills. I think I want to learn more about marketing if I have the chance.

CCD: What advice would you give to another student about making the most of a summer experience?

Guanying: Plan early and apply early. Do not do your work at the last minute. Also, never lose the connection with your supervisor because communication is essential.

CCD: What’s next for you?

Guanying: I will search for an on campus job this fall semester to enhance my skills gained from last summer. I plan to maintain the connections with the professionals that I met in DC. If I have another chance to study abroad, I will definitely go for it.


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