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Building networks and opportunities with Deakin’s Emily Cvijic

Deakin University scholar Emily Cvijic was awarded a New Colombo Plan mobility grant in 2017. With a passion for economics and the Asia-pacific region, Emily says the opportunity to intern in China enabled her to engage on a deeper level with the Asia-pacific region and shares her insights from the experience.

“AustCham Hong Kong placed me to intern with ShineWing's China office. This was an incredible opportunity that aligned with my passions for economics and the Asia-pacific region.

Interning remotely, I was tasked to analyse the impact of China’s new Foreign Investment Law on Australian businesses. Topics included, registered capital, articles of association and negative lists. This required me to think critically by unpacking changes to legislative and regulatory frameworks and drawing on economics theory to find solutions.

I approached this task with a curious mindset and willingness to learn. Working virtually required me to work independently and take initiative to make decision. I overcame obstacles by asking lots of questions and employing strong time management skills.

The highlight of my internship were the weekly meetings with my supervisor. We had in-depth discussions regarding current Australia-China affairs. Learning from my supervisor who lives in China, combined with the work I was completing; I built a deeper understanding of China, finding the narrative to be very different to its perceived reality.

This internship has enabled me to engage at a deeper level with the Asia-pacific region. I have built a network and has opened doors of opportunity!”

The New Colombo Plan Mobility Program supports undergraduates from Australian universities to complete short-term study and work-based experiences in locations across the Indo-Pacific.

Emily Cvijic participating in a virtual internship with ShineWing's China office. Photo supplied by Emily Cvijic.
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