Alumni Spotlight: William Gant

William Gant is a 21 year old male from Reston, Virginia and attends James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. William will major in International Affairs and minor in Chinese Business, Chinese Language and Asian Studies. He attended the Absolute Internship Shanghai program during the summer of 2012 while working for the public relations and marketing/advertising firm SMH International.

William interned in Shanghai

Why did you decide to intern abroad with Absolute Internship in Shanghai?

William: For the last two years I have been searching for opportunities to study or internship abroad in China. After searching through the internet and my Universities resources, I found a great opportunity online through the Absolute Internship program. What finally attracted me to Absolute was their guaranteed competitive advantage with better pricing for their programs, their 24 hour onsite support and a promised cultural and work experience booster. For picking the right program I was concerned with finding a low cost program and a company that could promise work experience in my field of interest. Absolute promised and guaranteed both..

What made this internship experience so unique and special?

The Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai

William: Although I have studied in China before, this internship experience changed my perception of China and my overall aspirations to return and work in China in the future. When I first arrived to China I was welcomed by the Absolute program directors and taken care of until we were settled in our housing. In terms of my internship, I was placed with a Chinese Marketing/Advertising Company in the Financial District of Shanghai. I was very satisfied early on when I realized that my internship was exactly what I was looking for. It was also very satisfying to know that Absolute and their staff were there onsite when I had questions about the city and my occupation. Overall it was the strong resume boosting internship opportunity in Shanghai and networking with both foreigners and locals in multiple industries that made my experience so unique and special.

How has this experience impacted your future?

William:By having worked in Shanghai and for a strong company, I now have a unique and powerful resume that has attracted the attention from Chinese and American public relation companies. It was through Absolute Internship’s strong network relations and connections that I was able to pursue my goal of seeking a future with China.

What is one piece of advice you would give someone considering interning abroad in Shanghai?

William:Don’t be afraid of your language barrier. Much of the concern from my colleagues was that they would not be able to communicate well with the Chinese. In reality, being an English speaker makes you attractive to Chinese companies and a better candidate as an employee. In no time you will easily adapt to the Chinese culture and learn the necessary Chinese to roam around the city.