06 Satoshi Shonai

2019 Satoshi SHONAI
Internship at Cambodia



<What did you learn through the program especially in internship?>

I worked on the internship at two organizations in Cambodia: a tech start-up company and a support center for tech start-ups. In the former, I learned about B-to-B-to-C business operations on the two axes of transportation and tourism through proposals for improvements to online reservation services for domestic and cross-border express buses, new business developments, and some marketing activities. In the latter, I was able to experience a wide range of tasks, including researching the tech startup ecosystem in the country, supporting the development of a platform business to solve the challenges of last-mile logistics, planning and developing an accelerator program, and promoting partnerships with other organizations and private companies.

<How the experience may help your current / future job?>

After completing the ABL program, I have been involved in ICT solution sales and new business development for overseas transport operators in my former department. What I experienced here helps me to think about issues and its solutions from the perspective of both operators and end users more. Also, in the future, I would like to be involved in new business development across industry boundaries, so I would continue to interact with people from various industries, taking advantage of ABL's strong and unique human network.

<Message for the new researchers>

The year really flew by. Particularly, in the second half of the internship, which is a very short period of five months, ABL researchers are required to have the skills to understand and adapt to local sense of values, culture, business practices, etc. Therefore, I recommend that you should set clear goals early on in the program and make sure you are aligned with your host university and internship company. However, it can happen that when you get there, the story is completely different, so please be prepared to enjoy such happenings and have a lot of valuable experiences that you can only have there.