Internship Series: Hakuna

Daniel GuanDaniel Guan
CAS’18 | Economics
Marketing Intern

During the summer of 2015, Daniel Guan was a Marketing Intern for a home care company called Hakuna, which he found through networking with his sister’s connections.

CCD: What did you do in that position? What were your responsibilities?

Daniel: As a Marketing Intern, I assisted the Marketing Manager in creating outreach strategies. I also generated several leads using platforms such as Salesforce and analyzed online traffic using Google Analytics.

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

Daniel: The most rewarding aspect of this position was the experience of working in an office environment. My mentor taught me the importance of crafting succinct emails and practicing effective communication. These skills were useful when I talked to prospective clients or networked with other professionals from the healthcare industry, the financial services industry, and the tech startup world.

CCD: What is one thing you’ve learned that will benefit any future internships or other hands-on experiences?

Daniel: Networking is the most important thing in the career world since you will never know who you will encounter and if they might offer you an opportunity in the future.

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

Daniel: Data Analysis, communication, project management

CCD: How has this experience changed your future plans?

Daniel: I now want to pursue a degree in business, and I definitely want to work in New York.

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

Daniel: Definitely do not be afraid to ask for what you want to learn and what skills would be required for a particular career.

CCD: What’s next for you?

Daniel: I definitely want to get an internship in financial services, hopefully a bank or working in a hedge fund to gain more experience with that industry.

 

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