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Internship Network Asia: Internships in China
Meet Laura Lee Moreau, Internship Network Asia Internship alum
GO: What originally inspired you to intern in Beijing with the Internship Network Asia?
Laura: I graduated in 2009 with a Graphic Design Degree in Canada. I just received my diploma and was already doing an internship in one of the biggest advertising and design agencies in Canada. There, I learned from the best, and ended up working for them after my internship ended.
A few months after, I was leaving Canada for an internship in Beijing, with the help of Internship Network Asia. For me, to move abroad, explore and learn from experiences is the best way to grow as a person and potentially as a designer. I decided to go to China without knowing anything about this country, because I knew this was good for me. I knew this would be a positive experience.
GO: Describe your day to day activities as an intern in Beijing.
Laura: With Internship Network Asia, you can either intensively learn Chinese, or do an internship plus study 2 hours a day. As an intern, 5 days a week, I woke up early (as most of the locals!), I mounted my bike and would go to school for a 2-hour class. Then, at 10 am, I went next door and worked in a foreign Web Design company for the day. At night, I usually studied for an hour or so, then I would go to dinner with other students. As most of my friends (and other Internship Network Asia students) were all living in the same area, it was easy for us to see each other.
During weekends, we would go to cultural activities organized by Internship Network Asia, or go shopping in the numerous markets!
GO: How has this experience impacted your future?
Laura: I worked as an intern for a foreign company based in China, doing Web Design. Even just this was a big achievement for me. Imagine! Moving to the other side of the world, all by myself and without knowing anybody... Wow! Furthermore, this company hired me before I even finished my internship, and soon after, I became Art Director, supervising the Design department. We all became friends there, and meeting all these great people was just amazing.
On a personal side, this achievement helped me to grow as a person, and to discover myself more. I became more confident, and left China etched with memories for life. Professionally, this wonderful experience is without any doubt a big plus on my CV. Employers are excited to learn more about my year in China, and it definitely helped me get jobs!
About Internship Network Asia
Internship Network Asia by Hutong School has an internationally respected reputation for providing top-quality internships in China to talented undergraduates, graduates and young professionals. The unique real-time internship search tool allows students to hand-pick their own internships in the field of their choice and secure their internship within a matter of days.
Internship Network Asia is furthermore all about flexibility. Students can optionally upgrade their internship with Chinese classes, accommodation, airport pick-up and/or health & travel insurance to ensure a smooth stay in China.
Internship Network Asia is there to make sure students have everything they need to gain a sense of cultural understanding, orientation and comfort in China.