What position do you hold at China Internship Placements? What has been your career path so far?
I am the Executive Programs Director at Shanghai Branch of CIP. I have a Second degree in Management and Education from University of California- Irvine. I have 6 years of experience in managing study abroad programs. I started my career as a Center Manager for a High School Program in Denver, then moved to Hong Kong as the Foreign Student Officer in Hong Kong Poly technique. Due to my love for Study Abroad Programs, I joined CIP to help strengthen Programs and I am in charge of the Shanghai center.
Did YOU intern abroad?! If so, where and what inspired you to go?
I did intern in the United States while doing my Second degree it was cheaper for me because I already had an apartment and with a valid visa which allows me to gain some experience. I was inspired to do an internship because I wanted to gain work ethics and the opportunity to speak with industry experts in the area of Management Consultancy.
What does the future hold for China Internship Placements - any exciting new programs to share?
China Internship had a very tremendous track record of growth from a very small office in Beijing to about 6 Branches in China and our philosophy is first of all to revolutionize Study Abroad and Internship programs to contain as much relevant contents as possible. China Internship Placements LLC has numerous plans for the years ahead. We will be the most affordable platform for Interns. We are building a huge database of our partner companies and their vacancies. This will allow our future clients to apply directly to the organizations. Future applicants will be allowed to discuss their career ambitions with the HR Managers even before applying to intern in China. This is what we refer to as value. The shadow of what is to come has been displayed with a brand new website. We are also planning to increase our mentoring and coaching free of charge to those who cannot come to China.
China Internship Placements has also received official accreditation from Chinese government to lead cultural immersion for foreigners and we will be leading the organization called Chinese Language and Cultural Exchange Center (CLCE –Center)
What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?
For CIP, the success factor has been continuous engagement of various stakeholders to know what they want before we even roll out product upgrades. We engage International consultants to review demands and trends which are factored into our product designs. You will notice that CIP has no negative review online and the reason is we connect with participants and dialogue. We are a caring organization and we add value and relevant value by investing into our applicants and participants.
How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?
Since Joining CIP, I must say that I have developed in diverse ways. CIP sponsors staff for training at least twice a year. Each year, insights are shed by industry leaders from various International Education Bodies about trends and best practices. This keeps us updated. These training segments have been a source of growth. I work in a very positive environment full of energy and skilled individuals. There is motivation for hard work as well as innovation.