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Looking for an internship? Make your experience count.

Updated: 14 Apr 2016

A new internship program is defying the traditional definition of an ‘internship’, by offering university students the training, mentoring and responsibilities of a real job.


Recruiting experts Hays in China, which offers the enhanced internship program, currently has 35 paid interns working in its offices across Asia. Interns receive on-the-job training and are given the tools to perform the job of a Researcher to a high standard. In most cases they are set key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure their success, and they work side-by-side with an experienced recruiter.


“An internship is an important part of many university degrees, and students should use this opportunity to work in an organisation that gives them the chance to prove and enhance their skills in a real job, with real targets and performance expectations,” says Christine Wright, Managing Director of Hays in Asia.


“At Hays, our interns are given the chance to add real value to the business so that, when they graduate and look for a fulltime job, they have proven on-the-job successes to share with a potential employer.”


Success is also rewarded, with several interns going on to enjoy successful careers at Hays.


One such former intern, now successful Associate Consultant, is Lucy Luo, who works in Hays’s Shanghai office. Lucy graduated with a degree in history from QuanZhou Normal University in 2013. She interned with Hays in early 2013, and by May was offered a fulltime job as Researcher in the IT team. Following nine months in the job, her successes were recognised with a promotion to Associate Consultant earlier this year. Lucy is one of the top performers in the IT team.


Of her internship, Lucy says: “As an intern, I was given the opportunity and time to learn the recruitment process. I also learnt about the talent market. My internship laid the foundation for my recruitment career.”


Another example is Joyce Lin, who studied Japanese at Shanghai University. Joyce began her internship in November 2012 in the HR & Training department of Hays. She graduated in July 2013 and was offered a fulltime job as an Associate Consultant in the Hays Architecture team in Shanghai. Following various successes, she was promoted to a Consultant in April 2014 and is a highly valued member of the Hays team.


Of her internship, Joyce says: “My eight-month internship helped me develop my skills in many ways. Most notably, in corporate communication, team work and time management. I consider building up my professional sales and service mindset to be the most valuable thing I learnt. My experience as an intern certainly has had a lasting influence on my career so far.”


Internship programs at Hays commence throughout the year, with students working for between two and nine months around their university classes. 


“For our interns, their university study is understandably still their first priority, but they are also keen to gain valuable practical work experience,” says Christine.


“We will soon launch our new enhanced internship program. It will offer our interns more on-the-job duties and responsibilities. It also involves more mentoring, with our interns spending a set amount of time each month with a senior manager in our business. We also provide our interns with a comprehensive workbook and train them how to do the job of a recruiter. Specifically we train them in candidate management,” she said.


“We believe it’s important to provide our interns with real work experience and get them working in a real job. They are not here to do administration or paperwork; they are given the job of a Researcher and their performance is reviewed. They contribute to the business.


“As a result, we’ve had a very good conversion rate of interns becoming fulltime Consultants.”


Hays receive up to 50 applications across Asia per month for internships. Potential interns are interviewed, put through an assessment centre, and need to have an interest and understanding of recruitment.


For more information on an internship with Hays, please contact Andrew Nip, Senior Trainer & Internal Recruitment Lead with Hays in Asia, on +86 21 2322 9621 or


In China Hays operates from four local offices: Shanghai, Beijing, Suzhou and Guangzhou.


Hays, the world’s leading recruiting experts in qualified, professional and skilled people.


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About Hays

Hays is the leading global specialist recruiting group. It is the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide.


Hays Specialist Recruitment  (Shanghai) Co., Limited ("Hays China") operates across the public and private sector, dealing in permanent positions. Hays China’s eighteen specialisms span Accountancy & Finance, Banking, Architecture, Construction, Education, Engineering, Executive, Finance Technology, Human Resources, Hays Resource Management, Information Technology, Insurance, Life Sciences, Manufacturing & Operations, Oil & Gas, Property and Sales & Marketing.


Hays China operates four local offices in Shanghai, Beijing, Suzhou and Guangzhou. It is the local representative office for Hays plc, which is a global company. As at 31 December 2013 we employed 7,979 staff operating from 240 offices in 33 countries across 20 specialisms.  


Hays operates in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Chile, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, the UK and the USA.