Hello, my name is Reina and I am currently an intern at IMS. It’s been roughly a month working here; supporting the team through translating documents, and on the most honest note I have already learnt so much more than what I initially expected coming in. It is due to the exemplary reviews by former intern at IMS and dear friend Stiven Vargas, that I learnt about this firm. I am a third year student at Temple University Japan (TUJ), double-majoring in International Relations and Economics, as well as a certificate in Political Economy. As the International Relations program at TUJ often focuses on the macro-level of politics between states, working at an immigration firm, such as IMS, allows me to be exposed to the micro-interactions between states such as transnational movements of individuals and businesses.
I have been fortunate enough to be raised bilingual, having a Japanese father and an American mother. I spent most of my time growing up in Japan, and continued on to my high school years in Arizona and Hawaii. Upon returning to Tokyo for university, I have been intrigued by all the international transactions that occur in Tokyo, as TUJ is surrounded by embassies, which made me hold a passion to pursue the study of International Relations.
Having international parents allowed me to accustom myself to two completely different cultures; the Japanese one being highly disciplined, well organized and extensive manners while the US culture has taught me a more open minded way of thinking, be more independent and being inventive. I feel as though the two cultures complements each other well and has helped me advance in my academic and social life. Working as an intern at IMS, translating documents such as visa applications only broadens my world view as it deals with a variety of people’s background stories.
Throughout my working experience at IMS, I look forward to having a firm understanding of the variety of visas needed to enter the US as well as the transactions that occur between individual/business, firms and the government.