Foreign interns seek experience in Chinese firms

More foreign youths are seeking internships in China as the country's economic growth remains robust and businesses become more open to foreign interns. Katherine Harris, from Britain, is a university student majoring in risk management. She came to China in May and has just completed an internship as a research specialist at the Beijing-based British Chamber of Commerce in China.

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Bright-eyed foreign graduates

Elizabeth Thomas works as an intern at the Beijing-based Globe-Law law firm on June 24. Photo: courtesy of Get in2 China Group Ltd.

span>As the unemployment epidemic still spreads around the globe, leaving millions of young people out of work, more and more recent graduates are finding jobs through "backdoor" internships in China..

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BBC News - Gi2C

Once a university degree was seen as a passport to a good job, but today, with more graduates chasing fewer vacancies, that is now far from guaranteed.

A growing number are turning to unpaid work or internships, with some heading as far afield as China, in an attempt to make their CVs stand out from crowd.

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CRI - China Radio International - Gi2C

Thomas Araneta first came to China in May 2011 during his junior year of college to assist on an MBA program.
Now Thomas calls Beijing home and works as an internship program officer for an organization called 'GetIn2China' which brings interns from all over the world to gain experience in China in a range of areas from banking to art galleries. 

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We sat down with Katherine Harris, a former Get in2 China intern who was placed with the China-Britian Business Council for an internship in Beijing. We put 60 seconds on the clock and asked her as many questions as possible about her experience in China.

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