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9.7.2018 | lifestyle.
Tiffany Kwong

Tiffany Kwong

Summer Intern
WKCD as seen from the rooftop of PSO

WKCD as seen from the rooftop of PSO

“The heights by great men reached and kept 
      were not attained by sudden flight, 
but they, while their companions slept, 
      were toiling upward in the night.” 
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Ladder of St. Augustine
 

I recently began my internship at the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) in communications and public affairs for the summer. Contrary to expectations, an internship here not only consists of regular office work and logistics facilitation, but also more in-depth exploration into how the WKCDA functions. They have also made serious efforts to include interns into the artistic and cultural work promoted by the WKCDA, which I appreciated, since it afforded me a glimpse of local culture that I normally wouldn’t reach out to.

 

Orientation session with senior management

Orientation session with senior management

The WKCDA facilitates deeper engagement between its interns and the workplace from a desire to let interns truly learn the inner workings of a company. This is evident from our repeated inclusions into events not normally open to summer interns, such as test runs of smart vehicles, Town Hall Meetings, and sharing sessions with upper-level executives. These are quite out of the ordinary, as usually summer interns would be considered too lowly for these events. It makes us feel more welcomed in the WKCDA, and I am grateful to both my supervisor and my department for accommodating any questions I have had.

Interns chilling at the end of work

Interns chilling at the end of work

One amongst many of the unforgettable experiences at WKCDA is the sharing session with our CEO, Duncan Pescod. Mr Pescod talked a little about his views on successful leadership and the qualities necessary to conduct the day-to-day responsibilities of a CEO. His insights into the humility and open communication requisite of leaders were truly illuminating; they afforded us interns with a rare glimpse into the intensely demanding workload and copious duties of a CEO. He also gave us invaluable advice about the delicate balance between duty and family, encouraging us to prioritise the truly important things in life.

My experience at WKCDA has been nothing but positive, and I hope to contribute more over the next two months.

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