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These guys are FRAUDS!
I tried an internship with them Summer 2012 (in fact, I am the girl in blue top in the first picture on their profile page on this website- that was my 2nd day in China when things were still ok) but their client decided he did not need me to intern anymore after me having been in China for a month. So, My China Opportunity had me hanging around China doing absolutely nothing for 3 months.
I had no money to travel around China and so I needed an internship since the agreement was for me to be in China for only 4 months because I did not have the money to stay longer. Our contract extended for 4 months: 1 month of language course and 3 months of an internship. Their language school is a joke and they did not have a backup internship for me. Instead they went on vacation leaving their office unattended!!!!
I paid $3200 USD plus airfare and rent. They put me in the worst living situation ever. Finally, we agreed to end the agreement because I needed to return home because I had no money to stay in Beijing. They agreed to refund me only $1200 USD (and obviously pocket the rest) and they DID NOT refund me a penny.
On top of this, they are an illegal entity since they are not registered as a company in China, but do business out of Beijing.
They are a couple of 25 year olds just having fun. Literally.
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I participated in a program that lasted for two months in the spring of 2012. Before graduating, I thought it would be good to get international & real world experience. I chose to go to China because I took a year of Mandarin my freshman year and wanted to develop it further. Miranda and Chris were great at pushing me in the right direction in terms of meeting people and events. I am still in contact with many of the people that I got to know and I plan to go back to Beijing after I graduate. Overall, I had a great time and managed to develop my Mandarin further because I had colleagues who were willing to help me and I practiced at a daily level.
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Reviewed by bj_tara on .
I have just completed a two month marketing internship in Beijing through MCO and have decided to stay on and transition to a full time position here. It's a great place to begin my career because I have a lot more opportunities to gain hands on experience here than I would back at home.
Don't get me wrong, living in China can be a challenge at times, but I enjoy working, learning Mandarin (I already spoke a bit of Mandarin before but now I use it) and this is the best time in this stage of my life to be able to live and experience China.
MCO really made it easier for me to find my own niche in Beijing in terms of listening to what I wanted out of this experience and helping me connect with the right people and giving overall guidance. They provided me with support when I needed it, and since they are young it was cool that they could relate to the difficulties of cultural adjustments that I experienced at the beginning.
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China Internship Program Response To Jeanna Estrada Review From My China Opportunity
Reviewed by Chris Cheung on .
My China Opportunity has never hosted an individual named Jeanna Estrada, who is listed as the person who wrote the previous review.
The actual person who wrote this review is Ruby Ramos, an American from Los Angeles and a Pepperdine University graduate. I would like to clarify a few things about this person. Ruby joined our combined internship & Chinese study program. She studied Chinese intensely for one month with Live the Language Mandarin School and participate in a two month internship right afterwards. Ruby went to class for 2 weeks and then stopped going. After the class finished, she started her internship with a company called Impression Media Group. She decided to discontinue her internship after two weeks because of personal reasons.
We ended up helping Ruby acquire two more internship positions related to her marketing & advertising skill sets, but she rejected both of them. According to our agreement, it wasn't our responsibility to help her acquire another internship, but we did anyways. We had numerous social and cultural activities, but she always had an excuse to not participate. She mentioned that we went away on vacation, but in truth we went on a marketing campaign in Europe to promote our program.
When we are away there is always someone at all times running our office. That was actually 2 months after her arrival. She complained about her apartment because of construction noises. China is in a developing country so it's impossible to get away from the noisy environment. She actually saw and picked the apartment before signing a short term lease. We helped secure the best accommodation for the lowest price in a central location. In my opinion, the apartment was quite nice. It had a 42 inch flat screen TV, was well furnished and was 5 minutes away from the subway.
Since she wasn't satisfied, we decided to refund her a placement fee (US$1,250). We needed her to sign a refund agreement before we refunded her money, but she refused and decided to make a charge-back claim with her credit card company. Our company actually had to pay for her Mandarin training through Live the Language which was $1,050. Since a charge-back claim was made, we ended up spending our own money and time on Ruby.
From my experience with people coming to China, people either adapt quickly or get overwhelmed with the cultural differences/language barriers. Rather than learning how to adapt to Chinese business culture and customs, she decided to do things like we would do them in the USA which did not work out very well for her. We had many students this summer and we didn't have any problems with any of them, only her. Please refer to the documentation as a reference for the things stated above.
Co-Founder of My China Opportunity
China Internship Program MCO facilitated one of the best experiences of my life!
Reviewed by Alex B. on .
If I can say one thing to Ruby's slanderous garbage of a review it would be that China is not for everyone!
Funny enough,I was in Beijing the the exact same time as Ruby (in fact i'm the one standing right next to her in the picture), and I had an extremely memorable and enjoyable experience with MCO. MCO did everything for me to ensure I was capable and well taken care of while I was in their care. During my nearly three month stay in Beijing, I learned enough mandarin to travel by myself and bargain the pants off of any chinese vendor. MCO helped me to understand the Chinese culture by interpreting the chaos, which as I said before is not for everyone. China is not like the West, in mnay ways its like a whole other planet . Their living standards are much lower, the manners are nothing to brag about and their food is sometimes less than palatable. But it's all apart of the experience!!! I didn't have the biggest budget while I was in China, but I was able to visit cool places like Mongolia by train and even South Korea, all ridiculously cheap (check out the bath houses in Seoul if you get the chance). MCO provided me with a hot language tutor who taught me everything I needed to survive. They helped me navigate the complicated, completely Chinese, train systems so I didn't get lost. and If I did, I just called them on the cell phone, which they gave me, to get directions. The best thing about MCO was that they did not have 30-50 interns to manage all at once, because of this the relationship we had was more of friends than two parties in a business transaction. They truly cared and spent time to organize weekly group dinners and cultural activities such as touring 798 district to bring the interns together. They didn't baby the interns, but they made us (me at least), feel like we weren't alone in some foreign country far from home.
In terms of my internship. I had the chance to mange all the accounts for a Chinese coffee and honey start-up called Shangrila Farms. I was lucky enough to see first had how difficult running a new venture can really be, especially after you factor in the cultural and language barriers associated with China.
All in all, my experience with MCO was incredibly worthwhile and I would recommend this program to anyone who wants to see the real China and make great friends at the same time.
Don't let one bad apple/ egg/ review ruin the reputation of a fantastic company that is more than legitimate by chinese standards. If an internship in China is what you want then My China Opportunity is by far the best program you could choose.
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Reviewed by morganecheung on .
I had an awesome experience with My China Opportunity. The founders Christopher Cheung and Miranda Mullett were two of the most passionate and hospitable people I have ever met! Initially when applying to My China Opportunity for an internship in Beijing, I was a bit skeptical I wouldn't be able to find the experience I desired. Boy was I wrong. The founders have a tremendous network of foreigners and natives that will direct you into the appropriate niche of your choice. The best part of the program was that I was able to gain experience in multiple fields. I came into the program wanting to explore the health care field, specifically alternative medicine, but ended up finding other interests that opened my eyes to unknown passions in art and design. Despite how new this company is, I was extremely impressed by how organized these young entrepreneurs were in their small business. They definitely have great ideas and hope for the best in their company's growth. Having the opportunity to work with young passionate individuals made my experience in China simply amazing. Thank you My China Opportunity!
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Reviewed by Cristina on .
A new beginning in Beijing,
When I arrived to Beijing one year ago I didnt know to anyone, had spoken with two strangers through skype preparing my arrival to Beijing.
What we expect of them, was help with the search of an apartment, Chinese classes and little else.
What I found on top of that, I found two people who are totally willing to help at all times, two friends.
Today after a year of experience in China, I have the luck to have them and consider them friends.