That may not come as a complete shock, but there are some noticeable differences. When I arrived back in Cambodia, I was so excited about my internship with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Cambodia (SECC) that I called the staff a week before I started. I asked someone what I should prepare and what the exact schedule is. He said, “It starts at 7:30 a.m. Hey! Don’t worry too much.” I replied, “No, I’m not worried I just want to be clear,” and I thought well maybe I asked too many questions?
My internship is located in Phnom Penh - the capital city of Cambodia. During the school year, I knew that the SECC was recruiting for some internships. Apparently I knew a person who already worked there, so he helped me submit my application for an internship. I got accepted, and my first day was June 5. Currently, I’m still interning with the organization until mid-August.
Instead, my work day now always starts with the question, “What should I do today? Do you have anything I can do or is there any way I can help?” I always go around and ask my colleagues one by one until I get some tasks to complete. And once in while, when I insist for some work, they joke by saying “Hi everyone, anything related to English? English expert is here asking for some work!” Despite all their joking, which is a common joke people make in Cambodia teasing about English accents, my tasks include doing research on some security and exchange of other countries, writing official letters, doing some translation from Khmer to English and vice versa, helping prepare and organize some events such as seminars and collecting data. Additionally, I was trained about the security and exchange situation in Cambodia and learned about the organization and administration's work. I've also had opportunities to share my experiences I got from the U.S. including the experience with my mentors, SHE-CAN and school which turns out to be surprisingly helpful for some situations.
Since I’ve been in Cambodia, I’ve joined as many events as I can find on social media as long as my schedule is free. I join events such as workshops, seminars and panel discussions related to women, economics, justice, culture, etc. I find them very useful. I get to share some of my experiences and contribute my knowledge at the events.