I am driven to go above and beyond; I dream of endless possibilities. More importantly, I have a clear vision of what I want to achieve in life.
Discover SIM GE Marcella Tang’s zest for learning has seen her soar to greater heights as an SIM GE student. One of the most memorable highlights of her student life journey has been an internship stint at the United States (U.S.) Embassy in Singapore. She recounts this experience of a lifetime. Fill in the blank with the adjective that describes yourself best: I am driven Please elaborate on why you chose the adjective above. I am driven to go above and beyond; I dream of endless possibilities. More importantly, I have a clear vision of what I want to achieve in life. This clarity comes with the wisdom to know what to harness and what to avoid. With a keen interest in both banking and politics, I joined the Banking and Finance Career Chapter to learn more about the sector as well as to build connections with industry professionals. This played a part in helping me land a job in the banking sector before I even graduate. I also actively searched for an internship that would allow me to witness policy implementations and I successfully secured a stint at the U.S. Embassy last summer as an Economic and Political Intern. How did SIM GE help you score this coveted internship gig? I first came to know about this opportunity via SIM’s portal, UNICORN, a one-stop integrated hub for students to apply and explore ample internship/job opportunities. The Career Development officers actively prepared me for the interview with the U.S. Embassy. I was asked questions on U.S.-Singapore affairs, the Trump Administration, as well as socio-political matters. They also passed me contacts of students who have previously interned at the U.S. Embassy, so I could reach out to them to better understand the culture and requirements of the internship. Tell us more about your role. My scope of work included conducting topical research on a broad range of economic, political and social issues every day with economics and political officers as well as attending conferences and reporting on relevant issues. Along with that, I supported various U.S. government visitors, including policy experts and VIPs. Tell us more about getting to see U.S. President Donald Trump in person. The POTUS (President of the United States) arrived a few days before the Trump-Kim Summit and he held a meet-and-greet session for Embassy Staff and Diplomats to thank us all for the hard work as well as voice his opinion on the upcoming Trump-Kim Summit and his administration. My first impression of the POTUS was that he’s extremely good with his words and charismatic in person. He knows how to engage his audience well! What do you enjoy most about being a student in SIM GE? My undergrad journey was truly an international experience. I can proudly say I was given the opportunity to experience London in-depth while enriching my knowledge during the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) summer school programme. The opportunity to study there made me feel like a regular student at LSE! Not to mention, the teaching support provided by SIM is very reliable, providing a truly authentic learning experience. The UK lecturers came down to Singapore prior to the finals for revision classes. Lastly, the internship experience truly challenged me as I was constantly required to step out of my comfort zone. Any tips on how to secure a good internship? My advice to students seeking an internship is: do not apply for an internship just for the sake of getting one. Choose an internship that truly challenges you and allows you to grow as a person, and is also able to provide you with various ideas of future career paths that you can pursue. More importantly, as an intern do not be afraid to take up and embrace challenges that are thrown at you. Do not be afraid to try new things, after all, life only begins at the end of your comfort zone. Good luck! #IChoseTheSIMPathway #ThisIsMyStory Click here to learn more about the programmes awarded by the University of London. Posted online, 02 May 2019