This past summer, I interned at GAP Inc.'s ecommerce department in Shanghai, China. It was a wonderful professional and cultural experience. My daily responsibilities included collaborating with different departments to design the weekly promotional plan, creating marketing material for customers in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, and conducting market research on major competitors' digital strategies. In addition, I got to connect with the CFO of Gap Inc. China, a Stanford alum who shared her experiences and advice about life after Stanford with me. After work and on the weekends, it was really fun to explore the Shanghai restaurants and nightlife with fellow Stanford interns. I also visited the surrounding cities of Shanghai and local art galleries with my co-workers.
One thing that surprised me was how much people in China are connected to their phones. I never use mobile payment apps in America, but this summer, I started using Wechat Pay and Alipay for everything. It seemed like everywhere I went, everyone was paying through their phones - even for online orders and subway vending machines. Even though it's only been 3 years since my last visit to China, coming back this year and seeing how quickly China has advanced was amazing. Overall, this summer experience made me realize that I'd like to work in China one day.