Cameron Lewis Stevens

CRCC Asia- DM Capital Harmony Fund
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Cameron Lewis Stevens

Paterno Fellow
Major: Economics, International Politics, and Finance
Minor: Chinese
Hometown: State College, PA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I learned about this opportunity through the Smeal Global Programs office.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

This summer I had the unique opportunity to participate in an internship in Shenzhen, China, one of the country's vibrant economic hubs. I worked with the Harmony Fund at DM Capital, an equity investment group. While there, my day-to-day duties included writing research reports for companies that the Fund was interested in and maintaining awareness of events in the Chinese and Hong Kong equity markets. I also conducted an independent research project focusing on the development of online grocery delivery services in the United States. That research will be applied in the future to analyses of similar companies that are developing in China.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Academically, this internship was an excellent opportunity to apply what I have learned in my economics, finance, and of course, my Chinese classes. Every day, I needed to maintain vigilant awareness of trends in the markets and the way that they reflected the economic health of the country. Without the academic work that I had done in my economics and finance classes, I would have not been able to clearly interpret the economic signals that I read about every day in the news. Also, of course working and living in China gave me an excellent opportunity to practice my practical language skills. Coming back to school this fall, I will be working with a much more full and experienced view of my courses because of my work this summer.

This internship gave me a taste of the financial industry and of living in the country that I have spent so much of my life getting to know.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

My goal is to continue my study of finance, Chinese economics and politics in order to offer technical and topical expertise to a career in consulting or corporate finance. This experience confirmed my interest and fascination with China and encouraged me to continue my study of the country. In the future, I would like to continue learning Chinese, and will pursue internship opportunities that will lead to a career that will allow me to work in China. This internship gave me a taste of the financial industry and of living in the country that I have spent so much of my life getting to know.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

Generally, I think that this internship would be better suited for a student in the Business College. But with that said, if a student in Liberal Arts was studying Chinese and had an interest in economics, I think it would be a great chance to use the language.

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