Bernd Kroell ‘10, an economics and Asian languages and cultures double major, is working at the Delegation of the European Commission to PR China this summer, researching China’s banking and financial system in Bejing.
“My education at Hobart and William Smith has helped prepare me for this internship, as most courses are very heavy in writing. That makes writing my research paper during the internship a lot easier,” explains Kroell.
He credits his coursework with Assistant Professor of Political Science Vikash Yadav and Assistant Professor of Asian Languages and Cultures Jinghao Zhou in particular for preparing him for this internship.
“Much of what I researched with Professor Yadav in my independent study made me shine during the rather competitive application process. Also, I study Mandarin with Professor Zhou, and these language skills are very helpful in China.”
Kroell, who is planning to pursue a master’s degree in economic development and international politics with a focus on East Asia and China, is grateful for the opportunities this internship has provided.
“Getting an internship in China is very difficult in general, particularly with a reputable organization such as the government of the European Union,” he says. “The amazing experience in China itself and the opportunity to work with diplomats from all over Europe in an international setting are very rewarding. Maybe I’ll even end up working for the European Union at some stage.”
In addition to his studies in economics and Asian languages and cultures, Kroell, an international student from Germany, is active in the HWS Finance Society.
Kroell’s internship was funded in part by the John A. Ross’66 Endowed Internship Fund.