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Programs and Reviews
Hutong School provides study, volunteer, and internship options in Beijing and Shanghai, China. Students from all around the world join Hutong School for personalized Chinese lessons. Classes begin at the beginning of every month, and students have the chance to learn Chinese at their own pace!
Hutong School's professional internships are geared towards students looking for an international internship experience in Beijing. Hutong has partnered with national and multi-national companies to provide students with hands-on experience during their time abroad. Check out the options below to see which one is right for you!
I am the Internship Program Director and HR Director at Hutong School. I started as an Internship Consultant in November 2010 and a year later, I became the Internship Program Director. After a few months I was also given the opportunity to cooperate with our CEO and our two GM's on HR related issues.
Did YOU intern abroad?
Laura: Yes, I did a 3 month internship in Beijing (and that's when I fell in love with Beijing and China!). I also studied abroad in London, and did a dance course in a contemporary dance academy. The main factors which brought me to London where art, my love for dance, curiosity, and my desire to be outside my home country, and artistic comfort zone. Something similar happened when I had to choose where to do my internship before obtaining my Masters. I chose Beijing because I wanted to go far from what I was used to. I wanted to be challenged and be in a dynamic place; I guess I got there! I think my main driving factor is always curiosity.
What does the future hold for Hutong School - any exciting new programs to share?
Laura: Right now, we are working on a more HR related process for our Internship Program. It will consist of professional interviews and the preparation of a report which will show our partner companies and our candidates how well a specific profile matches that specific company's requirements, both in terms of hard skills and soft skills. This has many advantages. For companies: they can basically outsource the intern recruiting process to us. For candidates: they get training for future interviews and interesting results they can use in the future; moreover the internship placement process will be quicker.
What about the future of the industry? How do you think interning abroad and international education will change in the next 10 years?
Laura: It is definitely an industry which will grow in the future. Hard to say how, but I think that Asian countries will come up higher in the destinations list. Also, I am sure that nowadays, without an experience abroad you are not fully prepared for your career. I think that an international experience is becoming part of the normal education process for people from all over the world. It is something everybody will need: whether you will work in your home country or whether you will keep traveling for your whole life. Every job right now has the potential for an international extension. Markets are more open and companies more global, so it is not just a matter of traveling, but also of having colleagues, clients and bosses from different countries.
How can interning abroad prepare students for the job market?
Laura: I always thought that studying and doing exams is not enough for a student to prepare for a future career. I think it is essential to have some practical experience while studying. First of all, I always encourage everyone to have a student job, even if it's not related to their field of study. At that stage, a student can learn so much from these experiences, if he/she has the right attitude. Of course, if this experience can be done in their field of study/interest, it would be even better, and this is the whole idea of combining your theoretical studies with a practical experience. I think that an international internship gives a student an additional step towards the labor market and very often, it is a big step.
Amy is a Londoner who came to Beijing in search of a new adventure and with a goal of learning Mandarin in 2011. Her interests are travelling, cycling, exploring and trying new things. Living and working in China has been one of the best decisions she has made, for all of the experiences she has gained and people she has met along the way. Her journey in China has been an adventure so far and doesn't expect it to end just yet. She urges everyone to come and experience the Beijing beat for themselves :)
What position do you hold at Hutong School? What has your career path been like so far?
Amy: I started off at Hutong School as a general intern; a fantastic experience where I was able to learn from different aspects of the company. After my internship, I was ecstatic to be offered a full time position as Admissions and Sales Officer. A few months down the line, I am now currently a Program Consultant and so my personal progress and development within this company has been both fast and rewarding. I feel fortunate to be working for Hutong School where we have a great team and hard-working attitude.
What separates Hutong School from other language study programs?
Amy: At Hutong School, you will not only learn Mandarin from a team of passionate and knowledgeable teachers, but you will also be able to discover China in a unique and fun way by participating in our many cultural events and activities alongside friends you will make from all over the world. Our friendly multi-national community here ensures we look after all of our students from day one in order to give you an experience you won't forget. If you want high-quality learning, a reliable support network and memories to last a lifetime, you should definitely choose Hutong School!
What are some trends you've noticed in the language study and internship market? What can students gain from studying Mandarin?
Amy: Its rising importance on the global stage has enabled China to continue being a top destination. China's rapidly growing economy has helped to facilitate the attraction of overseas tourists and entrepreneurs alike over recent years, and one thing that has been clear is that those with Mandarin language skills are often at a competitive advantage, particularly when it comes to business. Mandarin is the most spoken language on Earth and that is why learning to speak it should be in the interest of anyone who wishes to develop themselves either personally or professionally. To be able to communicate with one fifth of the world definitely opens up more doors and opportunities!
What is one piece of advice you would offer someone considering studying Mandarin in China?
Amy: Be patient and open-minded, and get ready to start seeing the world and its people in a whole new way! This experience will challenge you and change you in the most positive way. For once, do jump on the bandwagon and get yourself to China!! You will not regret it :)!