Shiqi Li '17Externship Host: Bradley Feuling '03, Chief Executive Officer, Kong and Allan Group
Externship Location: Shanghai, China
Hometown: Taiyuan, Shanxi province, China
Class Year: 2017
Major: triple major in applied math, German and economics
On Campus Activities: Junior Fellow, Diversity Outreach team member through Admissions Office, Student worker at L&IT, Concert Chorale
Career/Life Goals: To be a data analyst, specifically a sports statistician.

My Externship experience:
During the first half of the day, I attended two meetings in which team members discussed what they had accomplished the previous week and discussed the tasks for the upcoming week. I was able to ask Mr. Fueling many questions while we had lunch together. As a result, I gained a lot of valuable information about starting a business and about the company. I also spoke with other staff members who introduced me to a communication program called the Asia Institute. This program allows students from American universities to come to China to travel, learn about the culture, and visit business firms to learn management skills and experience the Chinese economy.

Did this Externship help you make decisions about your future career?
After learning so much about the Chinese economy, I realized that I definitely want to work in China someday. This experience also confirmed my goal that I want to start my own company in the future. My externship also taught me the importance of e-networking, utilizing LinkedIn and reaching out to staff members. The value of actively searching for career opportunities and reaching out to alumni was one of the most helpful suggestions I received and will definitely help me make decisions about my future career.

What was the most beneficial part of your Externship experience?
Attending business meetings and seeing firsthand how a start-up company functions and manages their program was very beneficial. They are extremely efficient because they run their entire company with less than 15 staff members. I also loved learning about the Asia Institute program, which I could relate to through my experience as a Residential Fellow and Junior Fellow in Bucknell's Residential College program. The Kong and Allan Group trains Chinese students to become liaisons for the Asia Institute program. These students are responsible for communicating with the American students, translating Chinese and guiding the Americans on all of their trips. I also realized that many of the skills I gained from being a Junior Fellow can be translated into professional working skills. In addition to discovering my weaknesses and other necessary skills a work setting requires, my externship showed me how I can strengthen my abilities to become a better candidate for my professional career.

Would you recommend the Externship program to current students? Why?
I would definitely recommend the Externship at the Kong and Allan Group, especially for students who are interested in starting their own company or learning about cultural education and communication. This Externship is a great opportunity to gain valuable insight on how a start-up company functions and to see how a Chinese company has grown and flourished in the private sector. Visiting the Kong and Allan Group can help students understand how an economic environment plays a role in the success of a business.

The Externship program gives students a real life glimpse into what they may want to do after Bucknell. Exploring the work setting and finding out what you do and don't like in a job is very helpful. In addition, having a Bucknell connection made me feel more relaxed in a professional environment, which is important because you have to be yourself when you are working. I recommend that everyone give the program a shot since you will definitely learn something new!