From Taiwan to Kazakhstan, Alvin Lin has leveraged co-op to develop his skills across the globe. He believes his experiences have complemented his education in international economics, while providing a foundation for future career development.
During his first term as Marketing Intern at Blue Seeds Corporation in Taiwan, Alvin was responsible for delivering pitches to various interest groups. He facilitated $500,000 in sales and sponsorships and secured a $10 million grant for the company, in addition to leading an international marketing campaign. Following this first term, Alvin transitioned to conducting a study of the Kazakhstani black market as Economist Analyst Intern at the Embassy of Canada to Kazakhstan, where he enjoyed meeting the local birds in his time off.
Alvin is currently helping improve the global competitiveness of Canadian clean fuel companies as Business Analyst at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. Though Alvin acknowledges that his co-op experiences have build build a foundation for future success in international economics, he believes “the most valuable takeaways from co-op will be all the unique stories I can proudly share, and the relationships I formed with those who wrote them with me.”