It’s been five weeks since I joined TETRA. Working as a market research intern in the technology center is such a great real life
experience, especially when I can learn from the experts.
The project, like any other projects, starts from a bunch of random information. Reading industry reports from different databases and then compiling information together to draw conclusions. Slowly, there seems to be several points from the overview that would make sense to dig into a deeper level. The deeper you dig into, the less information is available. Most of the time, some leads will end up in nothing and you may need to start over again. Re-exam the report and try to find out any other hints. Talk to other employees in the company with extensive experience in the industry will help. In fact, I feel this is the most important part of what I learn in this internship. Ask the experts around you. Before I came to TETRA, in the conversation with my supervisor, I mentioned though I have the basic background they need, I’m not familiar with this industry at all. He laughed and said don’t worry, we are all experts who can help you. And like he said, everyone helps. When it comes to the area I’m not familiar with, I can always find someone who is the expert or can point me to the right direction. Talking with them also inspire me to think in a deeper level. Sometimes one of them mentioned some ideas and later the other one confirmed. I learned so much during this process. At the same time, a network is being developed. I really enjoyed the time here.
Eight weeks of internship program is short compared to some of other students’. But I’m amazed how much I like it!