Yuna Susaki interned with the Marketing and Communication department at the Council. Majoring in International Studies, she recently graduated from the University of North Texas in 2018. Fittingly, when asked about subjects that interest her the most, she responded with marketing and diplomacy.
This background is demonstrated in her opinion that the changes of relationships between countries through politics and economics, such as the US-China trade war, are some of the most pressing issues in the world today. To overcome these obstacles, and become more globally competent, she believes that it is important to not be biased by our own opinions and knowledge; this is achievable by always being inspired by people and educating ourselves.
Susaki recounts how her time at the World Affairs Council gave her opportunities to learn by constantly being surrounded by great people and by participating in WAC events. Further, when asked about international travels, she recounts her experiences traveling to China, South Korea, Thailand, Australia, and Mexico. She hopes to travel to countries in Africa one day!
Currently living in Tokyo, Japan, she works within the Corporate Communication department at a Japanese chemical company.
“I’ve been working in Japan for a year now and have experienced new things,” Susaki said. However, she also states that “it’s harder to see the world other than the field I am in at the same time.” With this in mind, she hopes to be able to complete projects related to international marketing in different countries in the next 5 to 10 years so that she can be exposed to other communities around the world.
Nevertheless, her experiences in Japan have allowed her to learn about new people and opportunities. She encourages current and future interns to embrace new and various experiences, including Council internships, and leaves them with a few words of advice:
“See the world with an open mind, seek all the opportunities and pursue what you are interested in.”