Wednesday, April 4, 2012

China: The Next Internship Frontier

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China: The Next Internship Frontier

By on March 23, 2012
James Critelli knew only five words of Mandarin, but he didn’t let that stop him from applying last year for a summer internship in China, a country that’s fascinated him since he accompanied his father there on a business trip as a child.

Critelli, now a junior at Cornell University’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, No. 3 in Bloomberg Businessweek’s latest ranking of the nation’s best undergraduate business programs, was placed last summer with an investment bank and energy think tank in Shanghai through CRCC Asia, a company that specializes in placing college students and recent graduates with internships in China. For Critelli, the experience was well worth the nearly $4,000 price tag the company charged for the two-month experience.

“I now have a perspective on China that people who haven’t been to the country would never be able to get,” said Critelli, 21, an applied economics and management major. “It’s something that sets me apart from a lot of people.”

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