MinYang Gao has been selected as a College of Business 2018 Summer Standout for her work at the Down Syndrome Association in Hong Kong.
The association is a non-profit program that is committed to serving individuals with Down Syndrome, intellectual disabilities or other disabilities and their family members with integrated family support and vocational rehabilitation services. Their objective is to enable service users to develop personal growth fully in every aspect of life, as well as to meet their employment and vocational training needs.
Gao served as an assistant to the program advisors and aided instructors when interacting with the children enrolled in the program. She was also responsible for keeping a journal of her interactions and regularly translating articles.
“It was great to have a clear idea of how a non-profit functions,” said Gao. “The work is incredibly satisfying and in the future, I will definitely choose a career that focuses on giving back to the community.”
Gao selected Hong Kong as her internship destination through CSU’s International Internship summer course. Being an international student from China, Gao was excited to be working in a city that shared her cultures’ background.
“Hong Kong is an international city with people from all over the world,” said Gao. “I one-day hope to work in many different places because I enjoy meeting new people and having different experiences.”
Gao is considering attending a graduate program after completing her undergraduate degree to better understand the mechanics of non-profits so she can one day consult for different programs all over the world.