Clare Burnett

University of York to support businesses aiming for international markets with internship

The University of York is offering a support package to businesses aiming to explore international markets this summer.

The University’s Management School and Student Internship Bureau can provide access to, and contribute toward the costs of, a skilled and enthusiastic student to help undertake a range of short term projects that will help a business ‘think internationally’.

Previous projects have included search engine optimisation in a range of languages, researching export markets, finding agents and suppliers in a wide range of countries as well as preparing marketing materials and websites for new readers.

One York-based business and professional services company, Garbutt and Elliot, has already benefitted from the scheme. Garbutt and Elliot engaged Jingwen Feng (MSc in Finance) and Xu Wang (MA in Comparative and International Social Policy) to develop a China Desk for the company and to create content for an inward investment web page in Mandarin.

The project also required them to devise and arrange the recording of video content for inclusion on the web page and to produce a report summarising research on the top 50 Chinese family businesses in the UK.

G&E Senior Partner David Dickson said: “For an internship to work it has to be of benefit to all parties. Jingwen’s and Xu’s outstanding commitment has enabled us to begin development of a reputation as a trusted advisor to Chinese firms investing in the UK.”

Backed by UK Trade and Investment, this summer’s programme will offer some financial support toward the costs of taking on a student intern as well as the University’s support in finding the right student to tackle the project.

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