We sat down for an interview with Katrina Lee to learn more about her experience of working here at The Water Agency (TWA) / Myanmar Water Portal (MWP) in Yangon, Myanmar as her stint is coming to an end soon.
Could you share with us more about yourself?
Hi, my name is Katrina Lee and I am going into my second year of Business Administration at
How did I get an internship with TWA / MWP?
Around April of this year, I decided I wanted to do an internship at a start-up over the summer. I wanted to get some real-life experience in an area relevant to my course and work outside of Singapore, so I decided to source for overseas internship opportunities through AIESEC. AIESEC is the world's largest youth-run organization that offers a Global Entrepreneurship Programme at start-ups in 126 countries from 6 to 78 weeks. Through the AIESEC website, I found and applied for the 8-week Marketing internship opportunity at TWA / MWP in Yangon, Myanmar.
I found that the internship's role description and main activities suited my capabilities and interest. Seeing that TWA operates in 5 global water hubs and had a network of local and international companies and organizations, I wanted to step out of my comfort zone to gain more global exposure through working in a new environment with a young dynamic international team that comes from many diverse cultures and countries. I would like to make a positive impact on the work I do, so TWA's vision and
How did you feel when you found out you got the internship? Has the feeling changed?
It was quite surreal for me as the whole application and interview process went pretty fast and smoothly. I had a few pleasant conversations with the managing partners of TWA where I got to learn more about the company and job scope, and also at the same time contribute ideas and suggestions for improvement. I had a clear idea of what my responsibilities were so I was pretty excited to start work. Looking back at what I have contributed, everything worked out the way it did. Hence, my feeling now is pretty similar to how I felt when I was notified about my internship. Working here has really surpassed my expectations.
What was the most surprising thing about working here?
I was really impressed with the people. I was always made to feel very welcomed and a part of the team even before I start work and continued through my internship. The people around me were always genuinely interested in who I was and how they could help develop me. Before I started work, I was invited to join a few company skype meeting where I was introduced to the team and
What were some struggles you faced?
One of the biggest struggles I faced was doubting whether my abilities can match up to the work that I was assigned. As an intern, my technical knowledge about my assigned work was not very high. I was doing a lot of marketing tasks I had never done before, using software and tools I have not
What kind of projects did you work on?
I was assigned to help in Marketing for Myanmar Water Portal mainly. Some of the activities I did was collecting and
I developed a snapshot which
What skills did you have to learn to keep up?
As a huge part of my job scope involved marketing analytics, I had to develop my analytical and technical skills when learning how to use Google Analytics and Google Search Console to
You're working on some remarkable stuff. If you had to do it over again, what would you change?
I would probably ask more questions and contribute more suggestions during company meetings. Working here has changed my outlook as it made
Any advice you will give to interested applicants?
It will be a productive and meaningful time working here as you will be more than just an intern. With the wide variety of tasks given, you will get the opportunity to apply your
Thanks for all the valuable contributions you have made towards TWA and MWP, Katrina! We wish you all the very best and good luck