MCO Internships

MCO Internships

About

Invest in your future and stand out to future employers

MCO is an international career development platform, helping students and young professionals kick start their careers in Asia. We facilitate internship programs with the purpose of guiding students to gain cultural agility and hands-on experience. Through our placement process, we get to know students on a one-to-one level and connect them with internships based on their goals, interests, and expectations.

Founded
2012
Headquarters

8 Xindong Road
East Avenue
Chaoyang Qu
Beijing Shi, 100027
China

Reviews

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Erica
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I've always been the typical teenager. The one whose dreams and aspirations blinded her reality. At that time, my reality consisted of school, home, sleep rinse and repeat. I'd always beg God, the universe or whoever is in charge up there to get me out of the boring life that I once knew. Sure I had good times, but I've always strived to do something bigger.

I've always had a wide range of interests. From medicine to business to fashion, I never truly knew exactly what I wanted to do. I was stuck in a state of oblivion when it came to future plans and a future career. That is until Miranda Mullet messaged me. Working with Miranda and going to Beijing has truly been one of the best experiences I'll ever have. She personally made the whole process work out smoothly. From a quick visa process to unpacking my bags in my new apartment in China, she's always taken time out of her busy schedule to help me with everything and anything I needed.
Upon arrival, she sent a driver to pick me up from the airport to my new apartment, where I met up with her. She welcomed me with a hug, a warm smile and my room key. The following day she gave me an orientation where she took me to my internship, showed me how to take the metro and introduced me to other interns who later became good friends of mine.
Coming from a city, NYC, I never found myself worried about transitioning to Beijing. It's a fast-paced city with bright lights and gorgeous skyscrapers. However, for someone who is not from a big city, I think they'd adjust pretty well by the way Miranda caters to their needs.

I worked as an entrepreneurial and design intern at a company called "PAPP’S Tea". My main job consisted of writing franchise agreements, managing the company's social media accounts, writing articles about the company teas and editing some of the company's photos for various websites. PAPPS Tea is a tea company that's famous for their tea blends. The working environment there was warm and altogether very fun! I believe that Miranda is a bit picky when it comes to which companies she'll send interns to because she wants them to get the best out of the job and overall enjoy the experience.

China was an amazing experience. Every now and again, I'd always reminisce about ordering actual delicious Chinese food and traveling to the temples. I'd do it all over again! I truly recommend this program to everybody because working in Beijing in a once in a lifetime experience. It definitely gave me an insight on what I want to do in the future. Thank you, Miranda, for everything!

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Ian
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

After a long and fruitless period of trying to garner experience in the UK I stumbled across the idea of internships overseas.

I had a wholly positive experience in China and would definitely recommend it to anyone like myself who was just struggling to get onto that first rung of the career ladder.

The internships provided by MCO were certainly more engaging, enriching and educating than any of the other financial based programs (with a different company) which was operating out of the same accomodation.

The product design consultancy that I worked for was small, but I felt like my opinions and knowledge were respected and taken on board. This certainly alleviated some fears I had before leaving for China that I'd just be doing menial grunt work.

Beijing is a whole different beast of a city compared to what I've experienced before. It was always fun to point out to people there that I had come from a country (Scotland) with a quarter of population of Beijing!

You can muscle by without much of the language, but a little goes a long way. The weekly classes certainly help you get on the horse, but trying to use it with random people as much as possible is definitely the fastest way to learn.
On one of my last nights out travelling in the Huangshan area, I had a very memorable experience where I was being served in a restaurant by two ~8 year old sisters and their amicable mother. They thought my Lonely Planet phrasebook was the greatest text they'd ever laid eyes on, and kept offering to buy it. I probably learned more Mandarin laughing and flicking through that book with them that evening than I had in my last 2 weeks in Beijing just working.

I chose China as my destination for an internship as I set out wanting to get outside of my travel comfort zone. I certainly got that and I think I will definitely return in the future.

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Tevin
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

From the moment you land in Beijing to your last day at work, Miranda makes sure you make the most out of your time with MCO.
She facilitated a smooth visa process, even with my non-US passport, and ensured I was well equipped for my time here in Beijing.
Additionally, her network expands far beyond the employer you get paired with. I met people from a vast array of industries, and made connections crucial to my career development. Furthermore, I got to go to a lot of interesting events, ranging from gallery openings, to fashion shows to tech talks.
In times of distress, Miranda also makes sure you're well taken care of, and when she couldn't take care of stuff personally, she always had referrals that could.
The program also provides weekly Mandarin classes, which were enough to get me comfortable enough to explore the city on my own.
The accommodation was in an accessible area; right across the street from a Subway station. It also housed the other MCO interns, and interns from other programs, which helped with making friends from all over the world.
Being immersed in Beijing was unlike anything else I have ever experienced, and my time here has undoubtedly helped shape my future career plan.
I would recommend this program to anyone interested in expressing their creative side in in one of the most dynamic cities in the world.

What would you improve about this program?
More interns, more fun!
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Cali
7/10
No, I don't recommend this program

Growing up in one of the biggest and most culturally diverse cities in the US, I didn’t get as big a culture shock from Beijing as I thought I would. English is incorporated as a second language into a lot of public signage, similar to how Spanish is in the States. I studied Chinese for four years in high school, so I came with a pretty strong background with the language. Improving my language skills was a primary reason for me coming to China.
As for my internship experience, it was a mixed bag, partly due to the nature of the industry. My background is in 3D animation and visual effects. I got a great opportunity to work at an animation studio, but they were at a down period and I didn’t have a lot of work to do. Although it wasn’t a great professional development situation, all of my coworkers spoke almost exclusively Chinese and taught me a lot about the language and culture (we eat a lot of hot pot). They truly welcomed me to China and demonstrated the generosity of the Chinese. I’ve had many jobs and internships in the past - the feeling of working is the same. Work fast, please the client. Little room for creative, personal, and professional development, which seems the point of an internship. My advice to past me is that if I want to experience a country, not to come for work.
If anything I can take away from this experience, it’s that China’s ad agencies and animation studios are no different than the State's’ small studios. I’ve more confidently confirmed that maybe I should be taking my career in another direction.

PROS:
-Picked up from airport
-A lot of notifications about local/networking events
-Given a train card (it's cheap anyway, but it's one less thing to worry about)
-Wifi included
- Sometimes entrance fees to events are paid for, if Miranda is also going.
- Subway is SUPER convenient, one of my favorite things about Beijing.

CONS:
- Chinese classes were a bit too basic for me. No textbooks or advanced study material. If you have a background in Chinese, the most convenient way to learn is to go out and talk to people. Eavesdrop on the subway. Attend embassy events or quiz nights (that aren’t exclusively foreigners!) Ask the street vendors what things are called before you buy them. Be inquisitive, make mistakes, and learn from them. And stay out of the foreigner bubble - if you came to experience another culture, get out into the world (but of course, have movie night with your foreign friends).
- The company is currently going through some changes, which leaves room for mistakes that can be stressful to deal with when trying to adapt to a new environment.

Response from MCO Internships

Thank you for your understanding with the housing. Sorry we had to move you around and you ended up separated from the other interns. This was our first time at Fulicheng. Our original housing provider uses local style/older apartments but it was easier to organize as they have a massive quantity. But I think a nicer/gated community is definitely preferable to a local building, which is why we made the change even though it's much more expensive.

When working with students, I have found that both animation and architecture interns are in the same boat and share similar complaints. In these positions, interns are executing the ideas and visions of art directors and clients; so there is not much room for creative input. But if you love the work enough, I am sure it is possible to be in a position to give creative direction after a few years of experience.

After attending a Global Education conference and speaking to you, we will be integrating a buddy system that we've thought about for awhile but haven't established. You are right that it is easy to get trapped in the expat bubble and not get a full immersion. With the buddy system, interns will be matched with local students to participate in a cross cultural exchange.

If I remember correctly, you attended class with Candace who has no Mandarin foundation as an introduction. I asked you again about scheduling classes but you were always busy.

Thank you for your feedback! It is really appreciated : )

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Candace
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Thanks to MCO I was able to work abroad in Beijing's hottest place, Sanlitun! There I was able to work at a wonderful marketing job and meet tons of new people. It was a wonderful experience for my first time outside the country.

MCO helped me adjust to life in the bustling city of Beijing, with helpful and professional advice, as well as the opportunity of attended many different and unique events. I got to try a lot of new things and see a totally different culture. As an international business and marketing, this experience was very helpful into finding out what I want to do in life and with my major.

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Nora Zhou

Nora is a born and raised Beijinger. She graduated from University of Missouri in Columbia in the summer of 2013 and during her time back home for summer break she interned with MCO as a project manager. She is 23 and currently getting her Master's degree in business and economic reporting with NYU. Nora has worked on Wall Street as a financial journalist covering mutual fund, ETF, auction, M&A and bankruptcy. She also has a passion for traveling and feature writing.
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Where was your best photo taken and what was it of?

Nora: It was a group photo we took on the Great Wall with all the interns and co-founders of MCO. We did a camping trip on the Great Wall on a hot summer weekend.

There were about 12 of us on the trip. We carried food, tents, water, BBQ must-haves and hiked for hours to get to the top of the Great Wall. Everyone was soaked in sweat that time we got to the top, yet we had a a great time on the way up.

That photo was taken on top of one of those "messengers' house" and it is now used as the cover photo of MCO's website, which is really cool!

What is one piece of advice you'd give future My China Opportunity students?

Nora: Be ready for the culture shock. China, especially Beijing, is a place where everything happens and where anything can happen. Students should be open minded and expect the most unexpected when they come to China and try not to be judgmental towards the people or culture.

Also, don't be blinded by the cheap price and the exchange rate, because you will end up buying a ton of crap that you will barely use when you go back home.

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How has this experience impacted your future?

Nora: I set out to be a business reporter and my internship experience with MCO definitely helped me in this field. It was a really hands-on experience, I was in charge of multiple projects and got to do a lot of writing and marketing-related tasks.

Recruiters often ask me about my internship with MCO because there was so much coming out from that one internship; I made a promotional video, organized events, created bi-weekly newsletter, managed social networks and wrote blog posts, all of these proved that i'm a versatile person with different skill sets. I'm very grateful that Chris and Miranda gave this opportunity to intern with them, it helped a great deal of my future career!!

What did My China Opportunity do for you and what did you need to do on your own?

Nora: MCO gave me a great opportunity to intern with a startup company where I got to work on different projects and develop multiple skill sets. I made friends with other interns and got to see lots of the city with them, which is a great experience.

Since I'm from Beijing so i did not need any accommodation or language classes I was basically an intern within the company. So what I needed to do on my own was reaching out to clients and be proactive when I was doing research for the company. It's worth mentioning that most of the events we did were paid by MCO so interns barely needed to pay anything for the events through MCO.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Miranda Mullett

Miranda Mullett, is the Director of International Recruitment and Co-Founder of My China Opportunity (MCO). She enjoys learning about the dreams and aspirations of students and helps make that possible for students who intern in MCO's internship program. Miranda is very found of design and creativity. She plans someday to help reduce pollution in China by recycling waste materials in China's manufacturing system and transforming them into fashionable products.
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What position do you hold at My China Opportunity? What has been your career path so far?

Miranda: At My China Opportunity (MCO), I'm the Director of International Recruitment and Co-Founder. I've been working at MCO since the office in Beijing opened in 2011.

During my time at MCO, I've shaped how the organization runs, influenced our program's culture, and developed many of the relationships with the host companies that we work with today. All around, you can say that I've successfully transformed MCO from a young start-up to a full fledged boutique internship program.

What does the future hold for My China Opportunity - any exciting new programs to share?

Miranda: In China, we have noticed that there has been demand for interns in creative based sectors or positions. Instead of conforming to a generic internship placement program, we have decided to develop MCO in a non-traditional way. Going niche, we decided to open the Creative Based Internship Program. When we say creative based, we don't just mean design, but more in the aspect of people who can “think outside the box” and truly be utilized in the position that they are placed in.

We have found that when interns gain a better internship experience and the host companies actually utilize interns for the skills, academic background and interests, we get better feedback from both parties. Outside from our internship placements, we have decided to include guest speaking events from industry specialists, design related activities, and a memorable camping experience on the wild part of the Great Wall.

What about the future of the industry? How do you think study abroad and international education will change over the next 10 years?

Miranda: There is no doubt that international education will only become more important in the 21st century. As globalization continues and countries become more intertwined, the importance of culture exchange will be a necessity for students. Already I'm seeing many top performing universities globally, encouraging or requiring students to go abroad before they graduate. This is because a changing economic climate is making it difficult for western students to remain competitive in the job market.

Many Fortune 500 companies are looking to hire new graduates that have some sort of international study abroad or internship experience outside their home country. As the world becomes more equal, competition becomes more fierce. That being said, international education will be ever more important as we move forward this century.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

Miranda: The best story that I've ever heard was from our intern, Ryan Huerter, from Western Washington University. He joined our program in the Summer of 2012. This was Ryan's first time out of North America and his first time in an Asian country. Before he arrived in China, he had pre-conceived ideas that China had lots of people riding bicycles and wearing communist suits.

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When he landed, I picked him up at the airport and he couldn't believe how many Bentleys, Mercedes and BMWs there were on the road.

He also couldn't believe how modern Beijing looked as we drove from the airport to his new apartment. After Ryan returned home, he was extremely happy with his decision to come to Beijing for an internship.

He had told us that he learned so much about himself and what he liked doing for work. Now, Ryan works at a Fortune 500 company and manages the Boeing account for his company. He travels frequently to Asia for work and still keeps in touch with My China Opportunity.