James Sullivan (Oberlin College, USA)
During these past few months, I was very lucky to intern with the Center for Corporate Sustainability (CCS). I was referred to the program through a Chinese language study program in Beijing, who put me in touch with Mr. Wayne Chu. Through the program, I learned so many things I otherwise wouldn’t have studied in school as a Physics and East Asian Studies major.
The majority of my work has been focused around the Global Corporate Sustainability Awards (GCSA). I had the opportunity to learn about sustainability reporting, which I previously knew very little about. I read and analyzed a sustainability report and helped with the creation of an introductory video for the GCSA 2020. I am proud to be tied to an important event in recognizing and promoting sustainability work.
I also read several companies’ submissions for the GCSA and wrote articles to be posted on the Center for Corporate Sustainability’s website. I found reading about the different ways companies practiced corporate sustainability to be fascinating, and I would never have known about them without this internship. I find it especially interesting to learn about sustainability efforts across the world, especially as the U.S. appears to be separating slightly from global sustainability efforts. Educating myself on corporate sustainability has made me develop a greater desire to help and work alongside local and global sustainability efforts.
Finally, I had the opportunity to have a language exchange with a local intern in Taiwan. It was an opportunity to practice my Chinese, and learn more about life and work in Taiwan. I wish I had the opportunity to complete my internship in Taiwan, and be able to experience what is like to work alongside the other employees and interns of CCS. However, I am still very happy I had a chance to work with CCS. In particular, I am grateful to have worked with Mr. Wayne Chu, who taught me a lot about corporate sustainability, and made my virtual internship run very smoothly. I would love the opportunity to work with Mr. Chu and CCS again in the future.