Fan Ning, who will be graduating from Michigan Tech this spring with an MBA, has accepted a seven-week intern position in finance with the Kauffman Foundation.
Based in Kansas City, Missouri, it is the 26th largest foundation in the United States, with assets of approximately $2 billion. The foundation focuses on advancing entrepreneurship and improving the education of children and youth.
The internship is awarded competitively by the foundation. Fan was contacted for a phone interview based on the resume he submitted after learning about the opportunity from Sonia Goltz, MBA Director and Associate Professor. The recruiter was impressed with his grade point average, previous work experience in China, and communication skills.
Ning received his undergraduate degree in business administration from Jilin University and worked at the Henan General Construction Investment Corporation in China before coming to Michigan Tech, where his goal has been to learn Western management and financial methods and apply them when he returns to China. “I worked for a year in China with finance and investments,” said Ning. “And to speak good English in China is not common so there are minimal language barriers for me.”
The Kauffman internship will provide Fan with additional experience in US finance, particularly in terms of how private foundations operate in a capitalistic economy. Fan is looking forward to this internship because it will provide him with valuable working experience in the states. He anticipates comparing the experience with those he had in China.
“This type of foundation is not common,” said Ning. “Its philosophies and values are different. This experience will help me learn more about this industry. I am looking forward to the opportunities and challenges with this internship, and using what I’ve learned in the classroom at Michigan Tech and what I’ve learned in daily life.”