- Chen’s minds on sendai * mediatheque
internship with Japanese students
As mentioning "sendai mediatheque", the Taiwanese immediately connect this institute with its architect, Toyo ITO and its famous architecture. And through the smt internship, I have a good opportunity to recognize the attraction of this institute and its architecture completely. But when I arrived in smt on the 7th floor, I saw that there are many volunteers to use the studios for the smt projects, such as "sendai short film festival 2008", "graduation design" etc.. Though the organization of smt has a total of 35 employees, they have so many projects to organize and carry out for a whole year. To my way of thinking, the internship is a good way to connect with the human resource from the outside of smt To Japanese students, the program is also a good chance to contact with the curator's work and the working field before they graduate from their school.
Different from my internship experience in Taiwan, I have an interesting experience of so many Japanese meetings. Take "morning rally" for example, our leader for one day had to realize the whole working process, to report the schedule of today's work to our supervisor and to assign the jobs to each intern. Then, our leader tried to acquire other questions or opinions from the team, and set the teamwork goal for today's work. Finally, the whole team had to say, "Please give me your advices and comments" in Japanese, and started to work. Though "morning rally" is a normal job of the smt staff and other Japanese companies just like their daily routine. After that, the smt interns have the other two meetings in one-day. To me, that is the most impressive experience in my "internship" history. I believe that Japanese is meeting-loving people by their nature as a smt curator said.
In addition, I have another understanding of the Japanese work culture in the internship. That is the Japanese stressed the importance of the whole teamwork, not of individual skill. Therefore, they have so many meetings to make sure the individual working condition for the work process on schedule. On the other hand, how to cooperate or communicate with other people was also an essential lesson in this Japanese internship, especially as a team leader. Moreover, the Japanese get used to staying at the same work for a long long time. They have to establish a good relationship in the working field to my way of thinking. And to the smt staff, the internship program is also a basic connection with Japanese students and school group in my thinking. As a curator said, " smt has no collection, but connection with the human resource from the outside of smt."
That's a very impressive experience in this internship with Japanese students. I think that the Japanese internship experience helps me a lot in the future working field.
Jouyuan CHEN (smtインターンシップ生)