Jiang Zhongjie, 19, a sophomore majoring in marine biology at Xiamen University, looks at recruitment websites almost every day. As summer vacation approaches, he can’t decide which internship position would benefit him.
“I think it is hard to know what would be a meaningful intern job,” he said.“Most of the time, the positions on offer are low paid, menial or trivial jobs, such as sales promotion."
Last month, during an education forum, Huang Guitian, assistant to the president of Peking University, called for a halt to low-end internships, lambasting them as “monotonous and meaningless, adversely affecting students’ academic performance”.
Huang conducted a mini survey, showing “80 percent of students merely do odd jobs on internship”. But, employers, HRs and students may have different attitudes. According to a survey of 116 Beijing and Shanghai-based corporations by Zhaopin.com, a leading human resource services site, nearly 60 percent said they still valued applicants’ hands-on experience most.
Zhang Jianhong, HR director in Huawei Technologies Co Ltd echoed this idea and believes that internship even goes beyond acquiring experience. “An internship actually offers a great chance for students to get an inside glimpse of a company, an industry and a particular occupation, it can help interns discover whether the career they are considering is suitable for them.” he said. And if students are aware of which industry they would like to enter, Zhang suggests that they select an internship in a relevant field, with the potential to turn into a formal job offer.
For students who don’t like running errands like photocopying, fetching lunch and sorting archives, employers urge them to be a bit more patient.
Hao says that interns can learn from others at any work as long as they pay attention to the environment. “The more respect you have for an internship opportunity, the more you will get out of it in the long run,” he said.
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