Technology: A University of Luxembourg student has landed a unique internship with the Grand Duchy’s trade office in San Francisco.
A University of Luxembourg student has begun a first-of-its-kind internship at the Luxembourg Trade and Investment Office in San Francisco.
Peter Huang--who completed his master’s degree in economics and finance in June--joined the trade promotion bureau last month for a fourth-month assignment. That made him the office’s first intern from the university’s College of Law, Economics and Finance, the university said in a press statement.
“More than 340 students from our faculty did an internship during this academic year in various companies and institutions in Luxembourg,” a university spokeswoman told Delano this week, although Huang was the only intern to land an overseas assignment.
The posting in northern California was particularly attractive opportunity, Huang told Delano on Wednesday. “I have always been interested in start-ups and the venture capital sector. I had a preference for San Francisco because Silicon Valley has always been the leading hub for high tech and innovative businesses as well as amazing start-ups.”
Huang--born and raised in Luxembourg--arrived in San Francisco in early July, and explained that “I was excited from the beginning because of all the well-known companies that are based in the Bay Area. I have learnt a lot since I’ve been here and it’s only been three weeks.”
The biggest surprise has been that “every person I met here was working for a big IT company, such as Google, Twitter, Symantec, etc. I wasn’t expecting such a huge concentration of IT pros.”
Through November Huang will work on reports about the region’s venture capital industry, future trends and start-up funding. He is particularly interested in exploring the research and software development fields.
In addition, “Peter is assisting our team of young professionals with their research on target companies of the LTIO’s investment promotion effort,” Georges Schmit, Luxembourg’s consul general in San Francisco and head of the trade office, said in a press statement.
Asked how the experience will help with his path ahead, Huang told Delano that “from what I have already learnt during these three weeks, I would say, the most important thing I am acquiring is the confidence that I will take with me in my future career.”