Learning @ PolyU

WIE experience sharing by Justine Chan, Galaxy Chiu and Samantha Wong

The Department of English awarded three book prizes to three students from the BA (Hons) in English Studies for the Professions (BAESP) programme with outstanding WIE performance in 2016-2017. The awardees share their internship experiences below:

Justine Chan
Year 4 student
BA(Hons) in English Studies for the Professions

Last summer I worked in Peru for women empowerment. With other volunteers, I worked in a charity house for abandoned teenage mothers. We conducted sessions about family concepts, gender rights, self-defense and sports to raise the mothers’ self-confidence and their understanding of the world. Amazingly, they showed progressive improvements in becoming more self-determined and hopeful about the future. What made me most grateful was that I was able to help one of the shy teenage mothers to express her deeply hidden emotions, and she promised to stand up for her son and her life. Her change has motivated me to keep going in my dream of ‘life affect lives’.

Galaxy Chiu
Year 4 student
BA(Hons) in English Studies for the Professions

From April to June 2016, I worked as a part-time marketing clerk in ImagineX group for WIE. I have learned more than I expected in this luxury fashion company. I was assigned not only clerical tasks, but also other marketing projects of four different brands, which are Paul Smith, Scotch & Soda, ISAIA and TUMI. I had the chance to work with the design team and overseas headquarters of these brands. I was also given valuable opportunities to handle copywriting, press releases, monthly marketing reports and even marketing events like the “Paul Smith Gentlemen’s night”. Overall, I have learned marketing skills such as marketing report composition and copywriting, as well as administration skills such as invoice documenting. 

Samantha Wong
Year 3 student
BA(Hons) in English Studies for the Professions

I worked as a marketing intern at Winstar Chemicals last summer for WIE. My main job duties were translating and editing promotional documents such as user guides and leaflets for exhibitions. Despite my insufficient knowledge in the field, I was able to handle the job tasks with the help of my supervisor and the academic knowledge (professional English) that I acquired from the Department. Overall, working at Winstar Chemicals was a rewarding experience. Not only could I gain exposure to the company’s work culture and environment, but also apply what I had learned in my university studies. Most importantly, I have become more certain about my passion and future career path after my WIE experience.