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Chestertown to China
When Lily Britt ’16 studied abroad for a semester in Hong Kong, she never expected she’d return to the global financial center to work at one of its most innovative companies. But thanks to some determined networking on her part while overseas, and support from her teachers at Washington College, she spent the summer of her junior year as an intern at Li & Fung, a world leader in supply chain management.
Britt, a double major in French and business management, with a concentration in global business, worked for eight weeks in Li & Fung’s corporate communications team at the company’s headquarters in Hong Kong. She’s the first Washington College student to land the extremely competitive internship.
“I always tell students that there are so many great opportunities out there beyond the classroom—if they reach for them, if they put energy into meeting people in professional settings, if they can develop excellent interpersonal and communication skills,” says Michael Harvey, associate professor of business management and Britt’s advisor for her business major. “From the day Lily got here, she has realized the power of engaging with people and looking for constructive collaborations. She practices it everywhere she goes.”
Although she received a small allowance from Li & Fung, Britt also got financial support through the Hodson Trust Internship Fund, the Rebecca Corbin Loree Internship Fund, the Nina R. Houghton Internship Fund, the Bennett Endowment for International Studies, and the William B. Johnson Internship Award.
“The internship was incredible,” says Britt, who’s also an RA on campus and a member of the Brown Advisory Student-Managed Fund, Alpha Chi Omega, Model UN, and the SGA. “I met the most influential people and learned an immense amount about the global business world.”