One of CEM’s goals is to facilitate students taking up coop in emerging economies. A successful case is the launch of a coop program at Li & Fung, a $20-billion Hong Kong-based global supply chain company, whose CEO, Spencer Fung (PA ’96), is member of CEM’s Advisory Board and has personally overseen the experiment. From 2013-2015, five NU students did coops with LF in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and London, and two more were on their way in mid-2015. The first 3 coops at LF and their assignments are profiled below. All five LF coop students received a $1,500 travel scholarship from CEM.
BSBA (’14); Huntington 100 winner Period: Jan-Aug 2013
Title: Merchandising Co-op, LF Trading, Hong Kong.
“What I liked the most at this Co-op was the exposure to sourcing from emerging markets and the hands-on experience with the complexity of global supply chain. It was an absolutely great experience.” - Ran Ding
Co-op time period: Feb-July, 2014
Title: Business Development Co-op, LF Logistics, Hong Kong
“I gained experience working for an Asian multinational corporation. This helped me understand the similarities and differences between East- ern & Western working cultures, allowing me to become a much more open-minded individual.” - Kohei Takata
Co-op time period: Sep-Dec, 2014
Title: Business Development Co-op, LF Logistics, Shanghai
“Working at Li & Fung allowed me to have full exposure to the complex network of global supply chain. I liked the dedication and commitment of every individual at work. I also enjoyed the training at other business divisions, from Logistics to Sourcing and chance to see how each busi- ness unit operated. It was a very worthwhile experience.” - Fang Zhou
Tom McGwire, an international business major, was looking for a global experience when he decided to spend a semester aboard studying in Beijing, China. Following his semester studying, Tom remained in China to co-op as a financial consultant. In this interview he talks about his experience abroad and how it has helped him prepare for his future.
Sumana Srinivasan spent a total of one year abroad studying and on co-op. She began the year studying at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Following her semester studying she held an international development and marketing co-op with a local company in mainland China. On co-op she helped the company as they sought to expand into India, gaining valuable experience with two emerging markets.