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Intern Profile: Raymond Torkelson ’16

August 10, 2015

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Raymond Torkelson ’16
Major: Philosophy
Internship: Ample Harvest Investment Management Co., Ltd.

This summer I interned with Ample Harvest Investment Management Co., Ltd., a mid-size venture capital, real estate, and investment banking firm to begin connecting my studies in Mandarin with international business opportunities through top companies in China.  Located in the China equivalent of Wall Street, Lujiazui in Shanghai, Ample Harvest is a fast-growing company and provides financial services to a wide variety of clients, itself ranking third in assets under management totaling RMB245.3 billion (figure taken Dec 31, 2014).  Some better known clients of Ample Harvest include Tstingtao Brewery, China National Building Material Company, and Yitiao TV.
As an intern I helped the company research projects in stock trading, real estate, and venture capital, while I also edited their recently translated documents from Mandarin to English for improved fluency and readability.  I followed closely three companies for potential investment under the collaborative supervision of a stock analyst, and gathered data on Chinese IPOs on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.  Besides two employees who are proficient in English, the entirety of office communication took place in Mandarin Chinese and Shanghainese.
My time interning in Shanghai this summer provided me with a rich background both in Chinese culture and international business, as well as an opportunity to begin expanding my connections in finance beyond US borders.  I hope to find more opportunities working in China as this experience has strengthened my interest in possibilities for international business through my studies with Lewis & Clark in Mandarin.

The Shanghai Internship Award was graciously funded by Lewis & Clark alumna Sara Rothert (’84) and Tianjin Ren. The donors collaborated with East Asian Studies and Foreign Languages faculty to select students.

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